by Jeff Koch
The Aspen Summer Words literary festival and retreat culminated today with the Colorado Book Awards ceremony, honoring the state's best in writing and illustration. A total of 169 entries were whittled down to just 12 winners — one for each category. Additionally, Margaret Coel was honored with a lifetime achievement award for her "significant contribution to the Colorado literary community."
None of the winners this year are from the Pikes Peak region, unlike last year, when Kirk Farber took home the prize for literary fiction. However, Janice Gould, local poet and professor, was a finalist for her work, "Doubters and Dreamers."
Her other books of poetry include Beneath My Heart, Alphabet (a chapbook) and Earthquake Weather. She is the co-editor, with Dean Rader, of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. She is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
— Colorado Humanities
LoDo's Tattered Cover will host a signing celebration with the winners at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 21. If you can make it, you'll get a chance to shmooze with not just any local authors, but award-winning ones.
Check out the list of all the winners after the jump.
Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Disney Hyperion
Dances in Two Worlds: A Writers-Artist’s Backstory by Thordis Niela Simonson, The Fundamental Note
Math for Life by Jeffrey Bennett, Roberts and Company
From Jars to the Stars by Todd Neff, Earthview Media
City of Orphans by Avi, illustrated by Greg Ruth, Simon & Schuster
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist by Daniel Joseph Watkins, People’s Press
Circle’s Apprentice by Dan Beachy-Quick, Tupelo Press
Young Adult Literature
Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1 – Rocky Mountain Beginnings by Carol Sue Shride, My Piece of the Puzzle
For more information, visit coloradohumanities.org.