Colorado Book Award winners announced

Authors give readings in event staged on Facebook Live


Colorado Book Award winning authors read from their works at a Facebook Live celebration event that was watched by more than 1,000 viewers on May 30.

Special guests were Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book Board Chair Thor Nelson, a partner at Holland & Hart LLP; and Larry Ryckman, managing partner of The Colorado Sun. Sponsored by Outskirts Press and The Colorado Sun, the Colorado Book Awards recognize contributions by Colorado authors, editors and illustrators in 16 categories.

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This year’s winners are:

Anthology/Collection — “Rise: An Anthology of Change,” edited by Northern Colorado Writers (Northern Colorado Writers, LLC) 

Children’s Literature — “Truman” by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)

Creative Nonfiction — “Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country” by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton & Company)

General Fiction — “The Gifted School” by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

General Nonfiction — “Taste the Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America” by Connie Shoemaker (Amity Bridge Books)

History — “Scholars of Mayhem: My Father’s Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France” by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith (Penguin Press)

Juvenile Literature — “Tree of Dreams” by Laura Resau (Scholastic Press)

Literary Fiction — “Burn Fortune” by Brandi Homan (CLASH Books)

Mystery — “Celtic Empire” by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Pictorial — “Bird Parade” by Patrick Loehr (Centipede Press)

Poetry — “How To Dress a Fish” by Abigail Chabitnoy (Wesleyan University Press)

Romance — “Zapata, Book 1: The Border Series” by Harper McDavid (Soul Mate Publishing)

Science Fiction/Fantasy — “An Illusion of Thieves” by Cate Glass (Tor Books)

Short Story Collection — “Not a Thing to Comfort You” by Emily Wortman-Wunder (University of Iowa Press)

Thriller — “The Dead Girl in 2A” by Carter Wilson (Sourcebooks)

Young Adult Literature — “There’s Something About Sweetie” by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Children’s Division)


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