Poetry by Carol Grever Published

Three of Carol Grever’s poems, “Waiting,” “Evergreen,” and “Reclamation,” were included in This I Know: An Anthology of Prose and Poems, published by the Warren Artists’ Market of Warrenton, North Carolina.  The 2017 collection was edited by Arlene S. Bice and Thomas H. Park and published by Purplestone Press.




RUSH Receives the Illumination Award

Jayme H. Mansfield’s newest release, RUSH, has been awarded the 2018 Illumination Award for Christian Fiction. The historical fiction, based on her great-great grandmother’s participation in the 1893 Oklahoma Land Rush, earned top honors—the Enduring Light Gold Medal— which rewards exemplary Christian-themed books published since the year 2000. Period photos and more about the story are found at www.jaymehmansfield.com. The 5-star book is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2rwqdxn.




Writing Workshop and Book Signing with Laurie Marr Wasmund

Laurie Marr Wasmund, author of My Heart Lies Here, a novel of the Ludlow Massacre, and the White Winter Trilogy, which takes place during World War I and the 1920s, will be presenting “Tough Talk: Writing Effective Dialogue” at Castle Rock Writers Monthly Workshop, Monday, February 12, at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3737 New Hope Way, Castle Rock, from 6:30 to 8:30. Wasmund will also be signing books at the Douglas County Libraries Local Author Showcase, Sunday, February 18, James H. LaRue Library, 9292 S Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, from 2-4 p.m. The public is welcome at both events.




Book Talk with Joan Carol Lieberman

Joan Carol Lieberman will speak about and sign her new two-part autobiography, Optimal Distance, A Divided Life at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street Mall, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Vouchers to attend are $5 and can be used for $5 off the author’s featured books or a purchase the day of the event. Vouchers can be purchased now at the store, over the phone, or at the door. Using the forensic precision of a scientist, the hindsight of a historian, and the understanding of a therapist, Lieberman has unearthed shards of memory and evidence from her amazing life, examining them with a merciful eye. Terry Tempest Williams called Optimal Distance “a brave and beautiful book.” www.OptimalDistance.com




Publishing News from Art Elser

Art Elser has had two poems, “In a Minnesota Summer Night, 1974” and “Night Sky, Sand Dunes, July 1987” accepted for the anthology, Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky. Proceeds from sale of the anthology go toward the Planetarium at Ball State University.




Writing News From Carl Bock and Jane Bock

Carl Bock and Jane Bock are currently working on two mysteries. One is set in the Florida Keys with Sam Sawyer as the leading character. The tale concerns lots of interesting stuff about fishing, birds and bird watchers, the complications with several law enforcement groups concerned with investigating the same crime, and some unique local characters. All of these characters are flawed, but most of them likable, even lovable. The title at this point is Swamp Guide. The other is the third mystery in the Arizona Borderlands Mystery series. Here the protagonist is Grace Slawson, “Aunt Grace”, a retired teacher from Elgin School who continues to work as a forensic botanist. She has recently married Patrice Viemiliers who owns the local bar and cafe. He is retired from a military life that commenced when he was a boy in the French Foreign Legion. The tentative title here is Grace Under Fire.




Publishing News from Robert Garner McBrearty

Robert Garner McBrearty’s short stories appear this month in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Jan/Feb 2018 issue and in The Missouri Review, Winter 2017 issue.




Penny Hamilton Featured on RM PBS Broadcast

CAL member Penny Hamilton is featured in Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Great Colorado Women documentary airing on Rocky Mountain PBS on Thursday evening, February 15, 2018 at 8PM MT. The half-hour broadcast titled “Penny Hamilton-Penny The Pilot,” focuses on Penny’s important contributions to aviation research, writing, and education throughout her long career. Organizations featured are Spirit of Flight Foundation in Erie, Colorado Aviation Historical Society, Fantasy of Flight Foundation, Colorado Pilots Association, Grand County’s Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum. In addition to aviation textbook contributions to Absent Aviators: Gender Issues in Aviation, Hamilton is the winner of the National Association of State Aviation Officials prestigious National Aviation Journalism Award. Tune in or set your recorder for this historic broadcast. Click here for more information.

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THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK Nominated for Lefty Award

Jennifer Kincheloe’s THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK:AN ANNA BLANC MYSTERY has been nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial) It is the sequel to award-winning novel, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA BLANC. Left Coast Crime 2018, “Crime on the Comstock,” will be giving four Lefty awards at the 28th annual LCC convention, to be held in Reno in March; humorous, historical, debut, and best. The awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at a banquet on Saturday, March 24, at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno/Sparks, Nevada. The award nominees have been selected by this and last years’ convention registrants.

The Left Coast Crime Convention is an annual event sponsored by mystery fans, both readers and authors. Usually held in the western half of North America, LCC’s intent is to host an event where readers, authors, critics, librarians, publishers, and other fans can gather in convivial surroundings to pursue their mutual interests. Lefty Awards have been given since 1996.

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Listen To Your Mother Show Auditions

The Listen To Your Mother Show is returning to Boulder on Saturday May 5th at 7pm this year! We are seeking essays or poems of 5 minutes in length about a personal experience of motherhood (although you don’t have to be a mother or even female to have a story!) Auditions will be 2/20, 2/22 and 2/25 in Louisville and Boulder. All specifics can be found here. Other questions? Contact ltymboulder@gmail.com.