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.

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!

AYUMI’S VIOLIN Named Powerful Read

AYUMI’S VIOLIN by Mariko Tatsumoto was named one of the Powerful Reads in the November 2017 issue of Colorado Country Life magazine. The reviewer called the book an “inspiring novel…a wonderful story of endurance and love…a great read for teens and adults.” AYUMI’S VIOLIN is available on Amazon.

Book Talk with Lee Mossel

CAL member and Parker, CO, novelist, Lee Mossel, will be presenting his latest Cortlandt Scott crime thriller, Fracked to Death, at Douglas County Libraries Local Authors’ Showcase at the new Parker Library, 20105 East Main Street, in Parker 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th.  The Local Authors’ Showcase usually features 10 local authors of all ages and writing genres who make 5 minute presentations of their latest books.  Book sales and signings and opportunities to talk to the authors are available and light refreshments are served. Fracked to Death is the fourth Cortlandt Scott crime thriller featuring Denver petroleum geologist turned private investigator, Cortlandt Scott.  This time, Cort becomes involved in a “ripped from the headlines” case to protect Denver’s richest woman from sabotage and death threats emanating from within her own company.  Fast action and the help of Cort’s friends and associates in Denver area law enforcement are required to solve the case and, more importantly, save Cort’s life in this fast paced crime thriller.

Speaking Opportunity for CAL Authors

Looking for an opportunity to talk about you and your work? Sign up to be a guest on the Writers Talk on the Rabbit Hole, hosted by Jerry Fabyanic author of Sisyphus Wins. The show broadcasts on KYGT-FM in Idaho Springs on alternating Saturday afternoons. Shows are streamed/podcasted, recorded, and uploaded to Jerry’s site where they reside among the plethora of wondrously brilliant works written by fellow Coloradans. In-studio discussions only. Learn more at his website Email him at

Book Signing with Stan Moore

Join CAL member Stan Moore at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, November 29, 7PM where he will read and sign his 75th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of Seesaw, How November ’42 Shaped the World. On October 20, 1942, the Axis were astride much of the earth, and had enjoyed a long run of victories. By December 2, 1942, the Allies had won a string of battles and had turned the momentum. Seesaw is a look at five campaigns around the world as well as related political, economic, and social issues. These developments turned the outlook and outcome of the greatest war in history during November 1942. The author draws on previously unpublished photos, diaries, and letters as he explores the month that made the modern world.