Archive for the ‘February 2009’ Category

Journalists Annual Awards Dinner Feb 26

February 24, 2009

Thursday, Feb. 26, the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold its annual awards event, at the Denver Newspaper Agency building. Cocktail reception 6-7 p.m. in the lobby; guest speaker and awards presentations follow.

The guest speaker is Dick Tofel, general manager of ProPublica, a nonprofit website that does public interest investigative reporting. He’s the former assistant managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

He’s written a new book, titled “Restless Genius – Barney Kilgore, The Wall Street Journal and the Invention of Modern Journalism.” Kilgore was a dynamic editor who turned the Journal from a financial journal into the national paper it is today.

Tofel has been following the situations of the Denver dailies. As part of his talk, he’ll discuss what someone such as Kilgore might have to say about the current predicament facing U.S. papers.

This event also features appetizers, a silent auction of journalism memorabilia and a celebration of the best journalism in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To RSVP, go to



February 15, 2009

Heart of Denver Romance Writers invites you to lLearn the secrets to a great opening from successful Denver novelists, Mario Acevedo and Warren Hammond!

February, 21st 10:00 a.m.

Want your manuscript to catch the attention of those elusive agents and editors? The first chapter, the first paragraph, the first sentence has to strike lightning with agents and editors. Make their hair stand on end and their senses sizzle!

Mario Acevedo writes the Felix Gomez vampire detective mystery series for Eos, HarperCollins. His bestselling books have included a Booksense Notable Pick and have been nominated for the Colorado Book Award. In his current book, THE UNDEAD KAMA SUTRA, Felix battles a fiendish conspirary between our government and alien gangsters. Coming in March 2009: JAILBAIT ZOMBIE, vampires and zombies clash for control of the undead realm. For research into the world of the supernatural, Mario lurks about town (which explains his many restraining orders).

Warren Hammond is well known for his gritty, futuristic detective novels, KOP, and sequel Ex-KOP, both available from Tor Books. By taking the best of classic crime noir, and reinventing it on a destitute colony world, Warren created uniquely dark tales of murder, corruption and redemption. An avid traveler, Warren and his wife are always up for a new adventure. Whether it’s trekking in the Himalayas or camping in the game reserves of Botswana, Warren finds inspiration for his writing in the world’s most remote corners. Currently, Warren is writing KOP Killer, the third book in the KOP series.

February, 21st 10:00 – 12:00

First Universalist Church

4101 E Hampden Av Denver, CO 80222 – 7262 (303)

759-2770 Questions? E-mail Margie:

Pikes Peak Writers to Hold Benefit Signing

February 14, 2009

On Saturday, February 21st, Pikes Peak Writers is hosting a booksigning to benefit the Pikes Peak Writers Conference (PPWC)  Scholarship Fund! The writing team of Giles Carwyn and Todd Fahnestock–a PPWC success story–will be signing their latest release Queen of Oblivion. Queen, as well as the previous two books Heir of Autumn and Mistress of Winter, will be FOR SALE AT THE EVENT, with sales benefiting the scholarship fund. (We take cash, check, Mastercard, Visa and Discover).

Please join us at: Stevie Ray’s Eastside Grill 3020 N. New Center Point off Powers in Colorado Springs 719-380-7829

Stop by any time between 7:30 and 10 pm on the 21st. And bring a friend!


5. There will be live readings at 8 and 9pm

4. You get a sneak peek at Todd and Giles’ new projects

3. Sales benefit the scholarship fund for the 2009 Pikes Peak Writers Conference

2. Ruh will be there!

And the number one reason to attend the Queen signing… Since Todd and Giles now live over 1500 miles apart, this is the ONLY signing scheduled where both Todd and Giles will be present! For more information, please contact Chris Mandeville, PPW Community Ambassador,

Giant book warehouse sale Feb 28th

February 12, 2009

Saturday, February 28th.

Tens of thousands of used and new books will be on sale at bargain prices with nothing more than $3. 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 balloons from I-70 and Havana.

Dom Testa at Colorado Authors League

February 9, 2009

While You Were Driving, He Inked a 6-Book Deal!

At the Colorado Authors’ League February Luncheon, Denver radio celebrity Dom Testa will tell you how!

From Legal Pad to Six-Book Contract: Turning a Rough Idea Into Publishing Success

* February 25, 2009 12:00 – 1:30 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Hampden Ave. and I-25, Denver

* Cost – $20 CAL members and affiliate members; $25 non-members

* Register at

Do you dream of a multi-book deal while listening to The Dom and Jane Show on the radio as you’re commuting to work? Get the dish from Dom Testa on how he parlayed his young adult, sci-fi idea into a 6-book deal.

Most authors dream of a multi-book deal, few get one. Dom Testa did and being a local celebrity in Denver had nothing to do with it. His speciality is juvenile fiction with a twist of sci-fi. Dom will reveal what he did to put it all together in today’s dicey publishing market where money’s tight and few are taking on “new” authors. Yes, things are possible and advances can be yours. Learn how by attending February’s luncheon program.

* Yes, Dom was a “new”author.

* Yes, Dom got a fat advance.

* No, it didn’t matter that he was on the radio in Denver! 

Could you do the very same thing?

After more than 30 years in radio broadcasting, Dom Testa still has fun every morning hosting “The Dom and Jane Show” on Mix 100 in Denver…even though he will never love the alarm going off at 4am.Besides radio, Dom routinely works with schools and libraries to host writing workshops and assemblies for students. Plus, his Galahad book series for young adults was acquired by Tor Books in New York, resulting in a six-book deal. The first volume, The Comet’s Curse, has already won an EVVY Award, as well as an International Grand Prize from Writer’s Digest Magazine.

What is the Colorado Authors’ League? 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.CAL’s monthly luncheons feature topics professional writers want, such as marketing, working with agents, writing for new media, generating publicity, and other professional development topics, plus great networking! CAL also sponsors writing seminars and scholarships. The prestigious CAL Awards honoring CAL’s outstanding writers in a variety of categories recognize the best in Colorado writing. Are you a published writer? Take your place among the national best selling authors and local legends in the Colorado Authors’ League. Membership information and much more is waiting for you at

New Media Wednesday – Feb 18 at DPC

February 8, 2009

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m., inaugural edition of “New Media Wednesdays,” with the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists teaming with the Denver Press Club to offer free seminars at the club about new media techniques and  technologies.

This first session features Sandra Fish, an instructor at the University of Colorado, who will discuss blogging, twittering and how to use social networking sites as journalism tools.

Enrollment is limited to 20 people and reservations are required. To RSVP, email John Ensslin at

Strategies for Coping with Job Loss – Denver Press Club

February 8, 2009

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m., another edition of the Jump, at the Denver Press Clud. It will feature Mary Bernuth, a psychologist who will discuss strategies for coping with the loss of a job. Here is how she describes herself on her website: “I am a licensed professional counselor and graduate of Regis University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology. In my late forties, I chose to end one career and follow my passion for self-discovery. I had spent the previous 20 years working as an executive, managing fundraising programs for both local and national, nonprofit organizations. In both my business and my personal life, I have observed how the most successful and happy people were almost always self-aware and authentic individuals.”

This event is free. To RSVP, contact John Ensslin at

Write Hot! at RMFW Program Sat Feb 21

February 8, 2009

Write Hot! with Soup Kitchen Table Writing

Date: Saturday, February 21

Time: 1 – 3 p.m

Location: Virginia Village Branch Library, 1500 S. Dahlia St., Denver.

TOPIC — Write Hot! with Soup Kitchen Table Writing

Turn your Turn your “OK” and “Good” writing into “GREAT” writing: your
first and always step. Anne’ experiential “fresh writing” workshop
explores gripping techniques by actually writing! Her dynamic
exercises find the “white-hot center” to your work. Learn how to
create incredible images and find “tension” that grasps your reader’s
attention. As Anne says, “Write is a verb. Put your words into
action!” This workshop will apply for fiction and non-fiction writers.
Bring paper and pen. Come write!

Remember — Anne is a real pro and these workshops are free!

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers Dinner

January 30, 2009

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Invites To Dinner:

WHEN: Thursday, FEBRUARY 12, 2009
WHERE: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver
TIME: 7:00 p.m. dinner, 8:00 p.m. program
COST: $18 for dinner (price includes: meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND
program!). Cash, checks only please.

MENU: Homemade Bolognese Style Meatballs Served In Arribiatta Sauce with
Wilted Greens and Roasted Wild Muschrooms; Tri-Colored Three Cheese Tortellini;
Classic Caesar Salad with Grilled Garlic Chicken and Herb Croutons; Fresh
Steamed Broccoli; Homemade Garlic and Paresan Bread; Teiramisu and beverages. Cash
bar available.

PROGRAM: Laura Manuel was born and raised in Detroit druing the years it was
titled “Murder City”. As soon as she realized she was free to leave, she moved
to Virginia to be in the National Park Service. When the bicentennial ended,
her car wasn’t running well enough for her to head west. She took a temporary
job with the Williamsburg Police Department that lasted 2 1/2 years. She left
WPD to join the Greeley Police where she stayed almost 19 years working in
patrol, administration, and investigations in person’s crimes. Laura has a B.A.
from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in psychology from the University
of Northern Colorado. She finished the coursework for her Ph.D. while working
on the swing shift. She is now employed by Front Range Community College in
Ft.Collins in the Criminal Justice and Psychology departments

RSVPs ARE MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is Monday, February 9, 12:00
Noon. RSVP to Becky Martinez: _rebgrace50ATaol.com_
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 directions to the Denver Press Club: 1-25 to 6th Ave. east. Turn north
from 6th Avenue onto Santa Fe Drive, then turn right from Santa Fe onto
Colfax Ave (15th). You will be heading east. Go about 4 blocks to Glenarm
and turn left (north). The Denver Press Club will be about a block and one-half
on the right side, across from the Denver Athletic Club. It’s a small stone
building with an awning.

Parking is available to the south, in the lot next to the Press Club, for $4
(usually). Bring singles or a credit card, as the machine won’t make change.
You must pay the machine and then leave the ticket on your dashboard or be
ticketed. In addition, there is some meter parking on the street, for which you
will need quarters. The
Denver Press Club telephone number in the event you get lost is 303-571-526

Denver Press Club Helen Verba Lecture Feb. 3

January 27, 2009

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m., Helen Verba Lecture Series with speaker Dana Canedy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times editor. At the Denver Newspaper Agency building at 101 W. Colfax Ave. The Denver Post co-sponsors this event.

Canedy will talk about her new book, “Journal for Jordan,” a memoir about her late fiance, a U.S. Army sergeant who was killed in Iraq shortly after he got to see their infant son for the first time. The event begins with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by an 8:30 a.m. talk.

Cost is $15. Reservations are required. To RSVP, go to:®ion=0&FUSEACTION=ShowEvent