Book Award Finalist Readings


Dear Book Lover and Literary Enthusiast,

Colorado Center for the Book at Colorado Humanities is pleased to present
two Colorado Book Awards finalist readings‹History category finalists at
Denver Public Library on Tuesday and Poetry and Anthology finalists at the
Mercury Café on Friday, and a ONE BOOK ONE DENVER ³Thin Discussion² of
Dashiell Hammett and the Hardboiled Detective Genre He Created on the
CU-Denver campus on Thursday. I hope you can join us! Here¹s the details:

Book Award HISTORY Finalists to Read at Denver Public Library next Tuesday,
SEPTEMBER 23 at 6 p.m. at the Gates Reading Room, Denver Central Library,
5th Level. Free. The Denver Central Library is located at 10 W. Fourteenth
Ave, Denver, CO 80204. The history finalists titles are:

Lisa Ray Turner and Kimberly Field¹s behind-the-scenes look at the Denver
Mint delivers entertaining stories of colorful characters, controversial
coins, and the creative artists behind the nation’s coinage. Richard Gould¹s
The Life and Times of Richard Castro: Bridging a Cultural Divide is an
unprecedented biography of a man who rose through the ranks to become one of
Colorado¹s most important political figures. To Spare No Pains contains
unique views on Pike 1806-07 Southwest Expedition, the politics of the time,
and Pike¹s legacy in cultural and commercial endeavors. Flint Whitlock¹s
Captain Jepp and the Little Black Book is the story of Elrey B. Jeppesen,
Capt. Jepp, and the story of America’s early commercial aviation.

POETRY and ANTHOLOGY Finalist Readings at The Mercury Cafe on Friday,
SEPTEMBER 26 at 7:30 p.m. Free. The Mercury Cafe is located at 2199
California Street in Denver. The authors and editors will read from the
following titles:

Jessy Randall¹s A Day in Boyland chronicles the adventures and misadventures
of contemporary life with Randall¹s wry intelligence leading the way. David
Mason¹s Ludlow is about the many languages that have named Colorado and
America and the geographical memory of the nation. Robert King¹s Old Man
Laughing exposes the incredible and the ordinary with such tenderness that
it seems the whole of life is contained within its stanzas. Anne Waldman¹s
Outrider is a fierce and loving look at what poetry can be, an invocation of
poetic lineage and an examination of its practice and history.

Rick Bass, James Galvin, Mark Spragg, Kim Stafford, and Page Lambert have
contributed pieces to Homeland: Ranching and a West That Works, a
celebration of the small, increasingly rare, family-owned ranches that made
the West what it is today. Gary Wockner and Laura Pritchett¹s Pulse of the
River is a powerful and moving tribute to the many ways the Poudre adds
beauty and value to our lives and an impassioned plea to help save it. The
diverse and talented authors whose work appears in this anthology include
James Galvin, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, John Calderazzo, Veronica Patterson,
Ruth Obee, Ellen Wohl. They show us the Poudre from all angles, including
its ecology, wildness, and beauty. Jan Whitt¹s Reflection in a Critical Eye
collects ten essays on American writer Carson McCullers (1917-1967), whose
novels and other writings are often described as Southern Gothic.

The finalists invited to read are among the contributors to 132 books
entered in this year¹s competition. The Colorado Book Awards began in 1991
and, since its inception, has celebrated Colorado’s most noted authors,
€ John Fielder
€ Jon Krakauer
€ Kent Haruf
€ Margaret Coel
€ Tom Noel
€ Stephanie Kane
€ Avi
€ Bruce Ducker
€ David Milofsky
€ Joanne Greenberg
€ T.A. Barron and many others.

This year, we invite you to join us at the Awards ceremony, to rub elbows
with some of Colorado¹s most prominent and decorated authors, and to take
your place in the tradition of celebrating the best books published and
created by Coloradans. The great fun of the Colorado Book Awards event is
that you may sit down to dinner with entertaining and intelligent people and
enjoy a great conversation over very good food. (I call it the Algonquin
Round Table for 300 people.) The 17th Annual Colorado Book Awards presented
by Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book in partnership with the
Colorado University at Denver will take place at the Tivoli Turnhalle at the
Auraria Campus. The Tivoli is located at 900 Auraria Parkway and parking is
easy‹either in the covered garage or the lot across the street.

In our ongoing effort to build a community of readers and writers, we would
like to offer you and your (bookclub members/meet-up group/colleagues/staff)
discounted tickets to the festivities this year. Specially-priced tickets
will be available to you and your group at $55 per ticket, $10 off the
standard ticket price. And this year, the proceeds of the cash bar go to
support Colorado Center for the Book programs, so you can enjoy a beverage
and benefit literacy and literary programs statewide. To purchase tickets
and join us in our celebration of Colorado authors and readers, please visit or call (303) 894 7951 x10.

Finally, are you reading THE THIN MAN? Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
presents the 5th Annual One Book One Denver programs from now through
October, and Colorado Center for the Book at Colorado Humanities is proud to
present ³Three Thin Discussions³ at the University of Colorado Denver, King
Center Recital Hall, 855 Lawrence Way, 6:30-7:30pm. The first lecture is
this upcoming Thursday, September 25–Dashiell Hammett and the Hardboiled
Detective Genre He Created. The second is Wednesday, October 15 — Alferd
Packer and A Tale of Cannibalism. The third is Thursday, October 23 — We¹ve
Come a Long Way, Baby: A Conversation on Drinking and Dames. Please visit for a detailed description of events.

I look forward to seeing you at the readings, discussions, and the awards
ceremony! Please forward this notice to anyone on your list of readers and

Thank you,

Josephine Jones

Josephine Jones | Director of Programs & Center for the Book | Colorado
1490 Lafayette Street Suite 101 Denver CO 80218 | f 303 864 9361 | p 303
894 7951 x15


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