Book award finalists to read, answer questions online

Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book host Zoom, Facebook Live event


Colorado Book Award finalists in General Fiction, Literary Fiction, and Poetry will read and answer questions at a Zoom and Facebook Live event at 7 p.m. Friday, April 17.

Join the Zoom meeting (details at colorado to talk live with the authors. Facebook Live attendees can send in questions and comments. Denise Vega, three-time Colorado Book Award Young Adult Literature winner, will emcee the Zoom meeting. Books can be ordered online at BookBar. Both events are hosted by Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book.

Aimie Runyan will read from her general fiction novel “Girls on the Line.” The author of four historical novels, including one international bestseller, Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. Her latest novel is a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice for February 2019. An active educator and speaker, she lives in Colorado with her two children.  

Linda Lafferty will read from her general fiction novel “Light in the Shadows.” A two-time Colorado Book Award winner, her books have been translated into 10 languages. She holds a doctorate in bilingual special education and taught in Spain for three years. Lafferty is also an avid equestrian and horse lover.

Andy Stone is the co-author of “Light in the Shadows.” He began his career as a reporter for The Aspen Times and worked his way up to publisher, winning numerous awards for his columns along the way. He retired from the newspaper in 2016. Stone has two other published novels.

Bruce Holsinger will read from his general fiction novel “The Gifted School.” The author of three novels, one now in development with NBC/Universal Television, his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, and Slate. The recipient of several major awards, he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Brandi Homan will read from her literary fiction novel “Burn Fortune.” Homan is the author of two books of poetry, “Hard Reds” (2008) and “Bobcat Country” (2010), from Shearsman Books, and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in English, creative writing (fiction).

Wendy J. Fox will read from her literary fiction novel “If the Ice Had Held.” The author of the collection “The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories” and the novel “The Pull of It,” her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Buzzfeed, and Self, as well as in literary magazines including Washington Square, Euphony, and Painted Bride Quarterly.

Erika T. Wurth will read from her literary fiction novel “You Who Enter Here.” A professor of creative writing at Western Illinois University, Wurth is the author of one previous novel, two collections of poetry, and a collection of short stories. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.

Abigail Chabitnoy will read from her poetry novel “How to Dress a Fish.” A poet of Unangan and Sugpiag descent and a member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiack, Alaska, Chabitnoy writes for magazines, and is a research associate for Bubar & Hall consulting firm for the indigenous population in Colorado. She works daily to improve tribal self-determination and engagement in the community.

David J. Rothman will read from his poetry novel “My Brother’s Keeper.” Now the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts executive director, Rothman has written several volumes of poetry and published poems in scores of other journals and books. He is the co-founder of the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival and Reading Series, and the founding publisher and editor of Conundrum Press (now an imprint of Bower House Books of Denver).

Dan Beachy-Quick will read from his poetry novel “Variations on Dawn and Dusk.” A poet and essayist, Beachy-Quick is the assistant chair of the English department at Colorado State University. He has published six books of poetry and is a Guggenheim Fellow.

Other categories will have online discussions through April and May. Winners will be announced and read briefly at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the historic Evans School, 1115 Acoma St., Denver. Tickets cost $25 and includes a finalist book signing and reception followed by the awards ceremony and dessert. Tickets can be purchased on our website. Contact Chris Goff at or 303-894-7951 ext 19.

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