Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book Announces
Colorado Book Award Finalist Peter Heller
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO (3/30/2015) Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book announces that Peter Heller’s The Painter has been selected in the Colorado Book Awards as a finalist in the Literary Fiction category. “There were so many amazing fiction entries this year. We are pleased that The Painter was selected as a finalist; it is in good company with Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer and Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett,” said Colorado Book Awards program coordinator Stephanie March. The Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction finalists will open the Colorado Book Awards finalist reading serieson Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212.
In The Painter, main character Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man. His marriage disintegrated. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known painter, abandoned the Santa Fe art scene to start fresh in Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fishing, trying to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. One afternoon, Jim sees a man beating a horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open.
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver.
Supported by Outskirts Press, the Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories. As an opening event for Aspen Words’ Summer Words, one of the country’s best writers’ and readers’ gatherings, Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book will announce the Colorado Book Award winners on Sunday afternoon, June 21, 2015, during the 24th Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony at the Aspen Meadows Resort.
Colorado Book Awards Finalist Reading Series (at the Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212, unless otherwise noted)
Saturday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Literary Fiction: Peter Heller; Laura Pritchett; Benjamin Whitmer
Creative Nonfiction: Jody Berger; Nancy Sharp; Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh & Stephen E. Nash
Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m.
General Nonfiction: Helen Thorpe; Michael Booth & Jennifer Brown; Katrina Blair
Thriller: Shane Kuhn; Linda Lafferty; Patricia Stoltey
Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.
Poetry: Jake Adam York (represented by Sarah Skeen); Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum; Sara Michas-Martin
Anthology: Conejos Writers Circle; Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, & Rett Harper; Andrew Gulliford
Saturday, May 2, 7 p.m.
History: Jared Orsi; Elizabeth Fenn; Derek R. Everett
Historical Fiction: Sandra Dallas; Jack Marshall Maness; Gretchen Wiegand & Anna McDermott
Pictorial: Paul Anderson; Karla Oceanak; Erik Stensland
Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Mystery: Dale R. Lovin; Mark Stevens; Chuck Greaves
Short Story Collection: Christopher Merkner, Wendy J. Fox, Lucinda Stein
Saturday, May 9, at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO, 80120, time TBD
Children’s: Charlotte Ann Havey; Steve Jenkins, S.A. Mahan
Juvenile: Sandra Dallas; Jeannie Mobley; Lydia Gil
Young Adult: Leah Bassoff & Laura DeLuca; Amy Kathleen Ryan; Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc
Colorado Book Award 2015 Finalists
Outdoors in the Southwest by Andrew Gulliford, editor (University of Oklahoma Press)
A Democracy of Poets in the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond by Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, and Rett Harper, editors (AGS Publishing)
The Circle Book: A Conjeos County Anthology 2014 by Conejos Writers Circle, compilers (Alacrity House)
Shep the Turnpike Dog by Charlotte Ann Havey (Bear Paw Print)
Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
The Baby Sea Turtle by S.A. Mahan, illustrated by Deborah Mahan (Tate Publishing)
Misdiagnosed: One Woman’s Tour of—and Escape From—Healthcareland by Jody Berger (Sourcebooks, Inc.)
An Anthropologist’s Arrival by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Stephen E. Nash, editors (The University of Arizona Press)
Both Sides Now; A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)
The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair (Chelsea Green Publishing)
Eating Dangerously by Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown (Rowman & Littlefield)
Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe (Scribner, division of Simon & Schuster)
A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)
Song of the Jayhawk by Jack Marshall Maness (Wooden Stake Press)
The Circle of Na’mow by Anna McDermott and Gretchen Wiegand (McDermott & Wiegand)
Creating the American West by Derek R. Everett (University of Oklahoma Press)
Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi (Oxford University Press)
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)
Letters From Heaven by Lydia Gil (Arte Público Press)
Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprint of Simon & Schuster)
The Painter by Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf)
Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett (Counterpoint)
Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)
The Last Heir by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press)
Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time by Dale Lovin (Oak Tree Press)
Trapline by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink, an imprint of Llewelyn Worldwide Ltd.)
High Road to Aspen by Paul Andersen with photographs by David Hiser (ERG Press)
Goodnight Brew by Ann E. Briated (Bailiwick Press)
Wild Light by Erik Stensland (Morning Light Photography)
Ghost Gear by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (The University of Arkansas Press)
Gray Matter by Sara Michas-Martin (Fordham University Press)
Abide by Jake Adam York (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)
Short Story Collection
The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox (Press 53)
The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic by Christopher Merkner (Coffee House Press)
Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers—A Collection of Stories by Lucinda Stein (Create Space)
The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn (Simon & Schuster)
The House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)
Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey (Gale Cengage Learning)
Young Adult Literature
Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press)
No Summit out of Sight by Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc (Simon & Schuster)
Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin’s Griffin)
For more information, visit coloradohumanities.org or call 303 894 7951.