Mary Taylor Young to Receive the Frank Waters Award

Mary Taylor Young is the 2018 winner of the Frank Waters Award for exemplary literary achievement and a canon of writing that communicates a deep understanding, celebration, and love of the West. Past winners include Frank Waters (first winner, 1993), Barbara Kingsolver, Tony Hillerman, Margaret Coel and CJ Box. The awards ceremony will be April 21, 2018 at the Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs. Presented by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.

Nancy Mayborn Peterson Writing Class

Nancy Mayborn Peterson, author of Not to Be Forgiven, will be teaching a class on writing a novel for the Retired Employees of the Cherry Creek School District on January 24.

Welcome New CAL Member Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima writes the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series. She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency, which specialized in services for children and adults with developmental delay and acquired neurological disorders. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals.

Welcome New CAL Member Michael F. Haspil

Michael F. Haspil is a geeky engineer and nerdy artist. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he had the opportunities to serve as an ICBM crew commander and as a launch director at Cape Canaveral. The art of storytelling called to him from a young age and he has plied his craft over many years and through diverse media. He has written original stories for as long as he can remember and has dabbled in many genres. However, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror have whispered directly to his soul.

Book Event with CAL Members

Join four picture book authors as their celebrate their books through readings, discussion and a book signing.
Dec 2, 11am – 2:00pm
Hooked on Books
12 E. Bijou
Colorado Springs, CO
CAL members Maria Faulconer, Dian Curtis Regan and Denise Vega will join author Ana Crespo for this special event!

Book News from Laurel Jean Becker

Laurel Jean Becker’s book, Tales from Weaver Pond, is now available at the Jefferson and Douglas County Libraries. Laurel will be featured at Barnes & Noble for a book signing event on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the 960 South Colorado Boulevard Barnes & Noble store.

Equus Film Festival Honors M.J. Evans

Margi Evans traveled to New York City to attend the Equus Film Festival November 17-19th. Her middle-grade fantasy, The Stone of Mercy-Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles, received the award for the outstanding children’s fiction novel and her YA novel, In the Heart of a Mustang, received the award for the outstanding Young Adult fiction novel.


Transforming Our Lives

A One-Day Luncheon Seminar with Page Lambert
Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8:30 – 4:00
Mount Vernon Canyon Club, Golden, CO

Picasso believed that the true artist could paint a yellow spot and transform it into the sun. Our lives, too, are worthy of such transformation. During this one-day seminar we will explore the craft of memoir, discussing how thematic threads weave together the tapestry of our lives, how synchronicities create meaning from chaos, how to write reflection and portray events, and how to practice the art of discernment.

WHERE:  Mount Vernon Canyon Club, Golden, CO (25 minutes from downtown Denver)
COST: $105 early registration (by 12/02/17). $110 late registration (12/03/17 or later)
INCLUDES: Morning coffee, tea, pastries, catered luncheon, afternoon beverages
APPROPRIATE FOR: Narrative nonfiction and memoir writers
Questions?  303.842.7360 or

Pagosa Springs: Meet the Author

Co-author of the Rebellion Trilogy, Ethan Proud will be holding a book signing at BookEnds in downtown Pagosa Springs on December 14th from 4-7. Come meet a local author and check out the first book in the epic fantasy series!

Sammi Jo and the Best Adventure Ever!, by Dede Stockton

The third book in Dede Stockton’s Sammi Jo Adventure Series, Sammi Jo and the Best Adventure Ever!, was released on 11.20.2017, and the Sammi Jo Adventures Activity and Coloring Book was released on 11.18.2017. This makes a total of five books in the series, and the two newest books join these other titles already available on Amazon:
Sammi Jo and the Best Day Ever! (May 21, 2017)
Sammi Jo and the Best Rodeo Ever! (July 26, 2017)
My Daily Adventure Journal (May 22, 2017)