Archive for the ‘Colorado Book Events’ Category

National Bookstore Day, Saturday, November 7

September 17, 2009

National Bookstore Day is Saturday, November 7

There might be some way for Coloradans to be involved and have a great time. Libraries, readers’ groups, writers?
Read the article in PW here.



June 2, 2009


The Colorado Authors’ League named winners in 13 categories in the 2009 Top Hand Awards, honoring books written in 2008. In two categories, authors tied for first place.

“What do Clive Cussler, Margaret Coel and Wick Downing have in common? First, they are all members of the Colorado Authors League. And, second, they’ve all been honored with the Top Hand Book Award that is given each year to outstanding authors who are members of CAL. Winning one not only says you are GOOD, but puts one in glorious company,” says Judith Briles, CAL president.

Winners received cash prizes, recognition plaques and CAL contest winner book seals.

2009 Colorado Authors’ League Top Hand Award Finalists

Mainstream Fiction – Tie

A Thousand Veils by D. J. Murphy

Neptune’s Chariot by Irv Sternberg

Genre Fiction

Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn

Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction – Tie

The Trials of Katie Hope by Wick Downing

Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega

Children’s Fiction

Clue School, The Ghost in the Music Room by Phyllis J. Perry

Adult Short Fiction 

“The 405 is Locked Up” by Manuel Ramos

General Nonfiction

It Happened in RMNP by Phyllis J. Perry

Creative Nonfiction

Disappearing Destinations by Heather J. Hansen 

How-to NonFiction

The Caregiver’s Choice by Elaine Long

Young Adult/Children

Seize the Story by Victoria Hanley 

Adult Feature Article

Final Roundup by Joy Overbeck 

Adult Essay NonFiction

“Out in the Cold” by Julene Bair 


Omniscient Eye by Bruce Berger 

Specialty Nonfiction Writing 

One Gay, One Straight (Film) by Carol Grever 

The Colorado Authors’ League (CAL) is the state’s premier organization of professional writers. Established in 1931 to “foster the art and craft of authorship,” the Colorado Authors’ League boasts more than 250 professional writers, including authors of adult fiction and nonfiction, magazine journalists, children’s book writers, playwrights, and poets. For more information on CAL and the Top Hand Awards,<>.

DU to offer An Inside Look at How Books Get Published

May 19, 2009


AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW BOOKS GET PUBLISHED: Top Professionals Take You Step-by-Step Through the Process will be offered this summer at University of Denver. 

This program is designed to provide aspiring writers with practical insight into the functions of the book publishing process: the bottom-line considerations that guide publishers in their decision-making, what agents, editors, and sales people do within the process, and what they look for in submitted manuscripts. “Hands-on” workshop sessions provide opportunities to learn how to write a query letter and how to create a marketing plan. Featured are “real world” reports from seasoned published authors on how they have experienced the whole process with special insight into the role of the author as salesman for the book. Throughout the course the emphasis is on publishing as a business.

For complete information about the class, contact Elizabeth Geiser at egeiser[at] Cost of the class is $1676. 

Course schedule: 

Week #1

Thursday, July 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 Week #2

Thursday, July 23, 6:00-9:00p.m.

Friday, July 24, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 25, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Special “Grande Finale” session on Monday, July 27, 6-8, presenting  the”bottom line”/financial aspects of publishing

Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Scholarship to Seminar

May 15, 2009

The Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association
(RMABA) is offering two $750 scholarships to the 2009 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar to be held August 2-7, 2009 at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Competition is open to residents of Colorado, Montana, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. (RMABA member states).

To apply for a scholarship applicants should:
1. Write a ONE PAGE letter telling the committee about yourself and why you should receive one of the RMABA Scholarships. Letters of support are welcome, but not required.

2. Email your application (preferred) to or send it to RMABA Scholarship, c/o Sue Gallagher, Gallagher Books, 1428 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210.

3. Entries must be emailed or postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 15, 2009.

Successful candidates will be notified by Tuesday, July 1, 2009 and the awards will be presented at the seminar opening event.
Contact for questions concerning the scholarship :
Sue Gallagher
Gallagher Books
1428 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80210

RMABA is an organization of book-dealers dedicated to stimulating book collecting, promoting ethical trade, and education of the public in the field of antiquarian books. For more information about RMABA, visit .

Aspen Summer Words

May 13, 2009

(May 13, 2009) Aspen, CO … Join us this summer as the Aspen Writers’
Foundation (AWF) travels across landscapes, countries and continents,
redefining borders and weaving a colorful tapestry of stories from
around the world. From June 21-26, the AWF, in partnership with
Explore Booksellers and thanks to a generous gift from Cheryl and Sam
Wyly, presents the 33rd annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and
Literary Festival at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the grounds of the
Aspen Institute.

In recognition of the 5th anniversary of the literary heritage
festival, this year’s theme will fly under the banner, “World of
Words” and will celebrate presenters from a variety of countries such
as Ireland, Kenya, Egypt, India, Mexico, Sierra Leon, Nigeria, and the
United States. The Festival will feature literary all-stars including
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ishmael Beah, David Davidar, Hallie Ephron,
Gary Ferguson, Dana Gioia, Walter Isaacson, Scott Lasser, William
Loizeaux, Colum McCann, Christopher Merrill, Catherine O’Connell,
Pamela Painter, Nic Pizzolatto, Mohamed Salmawy, Shashi Tharoor, Luis
Alberto Urrea, Binyavanga Wainaina, and the 2009 Aspen Prize for
Literature recipient, Ron Carlson. The weeklong series of events
offers unprecedented readings and panel discussions with some of the
best literary talent from around the world.

As part of Aspen Summer Words, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation will
honor author, teacher, and friend, Ron Carlson with the 2009 Aspen
Prize for Literature, sponsored the Bedell World Citizenship Fund
(BWCF). Carlson is the author of eight books of fiction, including A
Kind of Flying, the novels The Speed of Light and Five Skies (which
was the One Book Rhode Island choice for 2009), and his new novel The
Signal. His short stories have appeared in several journals including
Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Epoch, and
The North American Review, as well as The Best American Short Stories,
The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton
Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. Among his
awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction,
the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and
Letters Literature Award. He currently directs the graduate fiction
program at the University of California, Irvine. Past recipients of
the Aspen Prize for Literature include Wole Soyinka, Ngugi wa
Thiong’o, N. Scott Momaday, Paul Muldoon, Edna Obrien, and Salman

·    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigerian author of Half of a Yellow
Sun, Purple Hibiscus and the forthcoming The Thing Around Your Neck;
recipient of the Orange Prize, an O. Henry Prize, and a MacArthur
·    Ishmael Beah: Sierra Leonean author of A Long Way Gone, Memoirs
of a Boy Soldier, a New York Times bestseller that has been published
in over 34 languages and named one of the Top Ten Nonfiction books of
2007 by Time magazine
·    David Davidar: Prize-winning author of The House of Blue Mangoes,
a New York Times Notable Book that was translated into 16 languages,
and The Solitude of Emperors, which was shortlisted for the
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
·    Hallie Ephron: Author of Never Tell a Lie, Writing and Selling
Your Novel, and 1001 Books for Every Mood, and co-author of five
additional psychological mysteries
·    Gary Ferguson: Award-winning author of 16 books including, Hawks
Rest: A Season in the Remote Heart of Yellowstone, the first
nonfiction work in history to win both the Pacific Northwest
Booksellers Award and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for
·    Dana Gioia: Former Chairman of the NEA, poet, critic, and author
of Can Poetry Matter?, which was a National Book Critics Circle
finalist, and Interrogations at Noon, which won the American Book
·    Walter Isaacson: President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and
author of four books of nonfiction including, Einstein: His Life and
Universe, and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
·    Scott Lasser: Local author of All I Could Get, Battle Creek,
andthe forthcoming, The Year That Follows
·    William Loizeaux: Award-winning professor at John Hopkins
University and author of two memoirs: The Shooting of Rabbit Wells and
Anna: A Daughter’s Life, which was a New York Times Notable Book
·    Colum McCann: Bestselling and award-winning Irish author of six
novels that have been published in 26 languages including, Zoli,
Dancer, This Side of Brightness, and Let the Great World Spin, which
makes its world debut in Aspen this summer
·    Christopher Merrill: Author of four collections of poetry
including, Brilliant Water and Watch Fire; journalist, critic, and
director of the International Writing Program at The University of
·    Catherine O’Connell: Chicago native author of three books
including, Skins, Well Bred and Dead, and the latest, Well Read and
·    Pamela Painter: Author of two short story collections: winner of
the GLCA Award for First Fiction, Getting to Know the Weather and The
Long and Short of It; faculty member at Emerson College
·    Nic Pizzolatto: Finalist for the National Magazine Award in
Fiction, and the author of the short story collection, Between Here
and the Yellow Sea; his first novel, Galveston, is forthcoming
·    Mohamed Salmawy: One of Egypt’s most prolific writers,
playwright, novelist, columnist, critic and political commentator;
president of the Egyptian Writers’ Union, editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram
Hebdo, and a columnist for Al-Ahram
·    Shashi Tharoor: Prize-winning author of eleven books of fiction
and non-fiction, including The Great Indian Novel; widely published
critic and columnist; and former Under-Secretary of the United Nations
·    Luis Alberto Urrea: Latino Literature Hall of Fame member and
American Book Award winner – author of 13 books, including The
Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway and the forthcoming Into
The Beautiful North
·    Binyavanga Wainaina: Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the
Caine Prize for African Writing; Founding Editor of Kwani – a leading
Kenyan magazine; and author of the travel/memoir book, Discovering

Aspen Summer Words offers booklovers rare opportunities for intimate
dialogue with authors, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the publishing
industry and lively interaction between readers and writers. Over the
course of five full days, passholders may indulge in a dozen literary
events (author readings, artist conversations, craft talks, and panel
discussions), attend parties, participate in open mic events, take
yoga classes, and with their mornings off, still have time to enjoy
Aspen’s enviable recreational, sightseeing, dining and shopping
prospects. Some highlights from the program of over two-dozen
different events include:
·    This year, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation is partnering with the
Colorado Center for the Book, a program of Colorado Humanities to
present the annual Colorado Book Awards as part of Aspen Summer Words.
This special event celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s
literary community and recognizes outstanding authors while promoting
those authors to Colorado readers. The Colorado Book Awards will be
presented on Monday, June 22nd and will be followed by a book signing
reception including all Summer Words presenters and Colorado Book
Award Winners & Finalists at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen
Meadows Campus.
·    The World Premier of bestselling and award-winning Irish author
Colum McCann’s new novel, Let the Great World Spin. McCann will
present a public keynote address on Tuesday, June 23rd, at 5 pm at the
Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Meadows Campus, followed by a
ticketed dinner, Carte du Monde, benefitting the education programs of
the AWF.
·    Four more books will make their Aspen debut during Summer Words,
including Chimamanda Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck, Ron
Carlson’s The Signal, Luis Alberto Urrea’s, Into the Beautiful North,
and Scott Lasser’s The Year That Follows.

In addition to having the afternoons and evenings centered around the
festival, the morning writing retreat offers beginning to advanced
five-day workshops and two-day classes to pre-registered Summer Words
students. Among the writing retreat faculty are celebrated
author-educators: Ron Carlson (Advanced Fiction), Hallie Ephron
(Fiction), Gary Ferguson (Magazine & Nature Writing), William Loizeaux
(Narrative Nonfiction), Christopher Merrill (Poetry), Pamela Painter
(Advanced Fiction), and Nic Pizzolatto (Beginning Fiction). Back by
popular demand is the Readers’ Retreat with David Davidar, a two-day
literature appreciation course, this year covering the writing and
works of the “World of Words” Festival presenters. In addition, Dana
Gioia will moderate a one-day symposium, “Reading, Literature, and
Democracy” on Friday, June 26th.

The Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival will take
place at the Doerr-Hosier Center, Aspen’s state-of-the-art conference
center, located on the Aspen Meadows Campus at the Aspen Institute.
Festival passes, good for all Festival events throughout the week, are
$150 for Retreat students and AWF and Aspen Institute members / $200
for individuals. More Information and festival passes are available
through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation online or 970.925.3122. Single
tickets go on sale beginning June 1st through Aspen Show Tickets at
the Wheeler Opera House: / 920.5770. Discount
lodging for all Summer Words participants is available at the Aspen
Meadows, 1.800.452.4240.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary
arts organization and a program of the Aspen Institute, has been
bringing readers and writers together since 1976. The organization’s
mission is to provide programs that encourage writers in their craft
and readers in their appreciation of literature. Through its
repertoire of eight year-round programs, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation
annually serves 20,000 literary enthusiasts of all ages. More
information is available at 970.925.3122 and

Nicole Hernandez
Marketing + Communications Coordinator
Aspen Writers’ Foundation
970.925.3122 ext. 2#

Pikes Peak Writers Program May 9

May 6, 2009

Note: this program replaces the May Write Brain
Secrets to Success: Breaking into Print in Poetry and Fiction
Please join Pikes Peak Writers for our free annual meeting on Saturday, May
9th from 2-4:30 p.m. It´s free and open to the public!*

Cottonwood Center for the Arts  427 East Colorado Avenue  Colorado Springs, Colorado

Here´s your chance to listen to insiders from both sides of the publishing divide talk about how to get your poems, novels, and short stories in print.

Join Aaron Anstett (Pikes Peak Poet Laureate), Doris Baker (owner/publisher of Filter Press, LLC), Beth Groundwater (author of the Claire Hanover gift basket designer mystery series and a Best First Novel Agatha Award nominee), Stephanie G´Schwind (editor of the Colorado Review), and Sue Hamilton (president of Dialogue Publishing, Inc.) as they answer your questions and
talk frankly about how to get published.

Don´t miss this opportunity to see the new Cottonwood Center for the Arts; meet local poets, authors, and artists; mingle with like-minded creative types over delicious refreshments; and hear Poet Laureate Aaron Anstett read his work. If you´re new to Pikes Peak Writers-or interested in learning more-just introduce yourself to any of the PPW staff who will be at the workshop to answer your questions or chat. Be sure to say hello to Ruh, our enormous, yellow, tail-wagging, writer-lovin´ mascot.

STORY MASTERY with Michael Hauge

May 6, 2009

During this special, all-day seminar, Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read, will present his unique approach to creating compelling fiction, and to eliciting emotion in your readers.

Using clips from recent blockbuster love stories and romantic comedies, along with hands on exercises, Michael will help you strengthen your story concepts, plot structure, love stories, character development and themes.

Topics covered will include:

* The primary goal of all story

* The power of desire, need, longing and destiny

* The essential conflict all characters must face

* Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story

* The single key to creating character arc and theme * Creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories

* The unique rules of romantic comedy: fantasy, duality, deceit

* Adapting your novel to film

If you want to elevate your fiction writing to the highest possible level, this event is a must. WHEN: Saturday, July 11, 2009 (9 am – 5 pm)

WHERE: Brighton, Colorado (Highway 7 & I-25)

COST: only $25 for Colorado Romance Writer (CRW) members only $35 for non-members (includes lunch)

BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Colorado Romance Writers ( ) SPACE IS LIMITED! Register at Questions? Contact Tiffany VanderSchaaff, CRW Workshop Coordinator at

Book warehouse sale — Saturday, May 16th.

May 5, 2009

Giant book warehouse sale open to the public — Saturday, May 16th.

Tens of thousands of used and new books will be on sale at bargain prices with nothing more than $3.

Educator receive a 10% discount!

Cash and credit cards only (no checks) will be accepted and shoppers may choose from many different categories including cookbooks, arts and crafts, history and biography, large print, travel, health and wellness, religion, fiction, and children’s books.

The books have been weeded from public libraries or are publisher overstocks and have been offered for sale through online channels. Books that do not sell are recycled – nothing ever ends up in the landfill. The book sale proceeds will benefit Denver-area public libraries and the Food Bank of the Rockies (admission to the sale is one can of food or a $2 donation).

The sale hours are 8 am – 5 pm, and the location is 11111 E. 53rd Avenue, Denver, 80239. Follow the signs from I-70 and Havana.

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers Program May 14

May 1, 2009

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Invites John Zeck, HarperCollins Rep and Sandra Bond, Literary Agent to Dinner

When:? May 14, 2009

Where: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver

Cost: $20 for meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND program!

Time: 7:00 p.m. Mixed Greens with Roasted Corn, Queso Fresco, and Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette; Achiote Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Veracruz Sauce; Yucatan Style Black Bean Stew; Roasted Squash and Tricolor Peppers; Warm Tortillas; Cinnamon Dusted Tortilla Chips and beverages. Cash bar available.

Please RSVP to Becky Martinez. No Shows and anyone NOT cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will have to pay, as RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.

PROGRAM: Meet the Speakers: John Zeck has been with Harper Selling since 1978. Before that he taught eigth grade English in Yonkers, NY; before that he sold beer for a Distributorship, and before that he went to college. He graduated from SUNY in Albany with degree in English Education. He is a former Mountain & Plains Independent Book Association (MPIBA) Board Member; winner of Volunteer of the Year at MPIBA, in 1990; MPIBA Rep of the Year in 2003; and winner of the Turner Award at HarperCollins in 2008 as the Sales Rep of the Year in the US.

Sandra Bond heads her own agency in Denver, which she started in late 1998. After working as an assistant to prominent agent Jody Rein, she started her agency in order to concentrate on adult and young adult fiction. She has been working to attract and develop a small but select list of clients, and her list now includes writers of various genres of fiction and nonfiction. Sandra is also the program administrator at the University of Denver?s Publishing Institute, a 4-week, intensive, graduate-level certificate program in publishing. Before deciding to pursue a career in publishing, she was a film and television script analyst in Los Angeles, and the editor and production manager for a socioeconomic research foundation in Boulder. Sandra has a BA in Microbiology from the University of Colorado.

RSVPs ARE MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is Monday, May 11,?12:00 Noon. RSVP to Becky Martinez: rebgrace50[at] No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.  The Denver Press Club telephone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-526

RMFW Lawson Workshop Rescheduled for May 23

April 28, 2009

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ workshop by Margie Lawson that had been scheduled for Saturday, April 18 was postponed due to heavy rain and snow. That free event, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, is now rescheduled for Saturday, May 23 at Lakewood Library (10200 W. 20th Ave., a few blocks west of Kipling) for 2:30 p.m.


We all want our writing to grab the agent, grab the editor, grab the reader. This workshop will teach writers how to add psychological power, grabbing power, using kinesics. This two hour workshop will focus on how to write fresh facial expressions and dialogue cues.

Dialogue cues inform the reader how the dialogue is delivered. They’re a part of writing body language. They’re one part writers often overlook.

Attend Margie Lawson’s workshop And learn how to think like a kinesics specialist on the page. Learn the essential components of writing facial expressions and dialogue cues that carry a psychological punch.