Project Description

Colorado Book Awards

The Colorado Book Awards is an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Awards are presented in 16 categories including anthology/collection, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general fiction, general nonfiction, history, juvenile literature, literary fiction, mystery, pictorial, poetry, romance, science fiction/fantasy, short story collection, thriller, and young adult literature.

Announcing the 2020 Colorado Book Award Finalists

Anthology/Collection
All the Lives We Ever Lived: A Lighthouse Writers Workshop Community Anthology Vol. 1 edited by Dan Manzanares and Suzi Q. Smith (Lighthouse Writers Workshop)
Rise: An Anthology of Change edited by Northern Colorado Writers (Northern Colorado Writers, LLC)
Straight Outta Deadwood edited by David Boop (Baen Publishing Enterprises)

Children’s Literature
Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Ashley Crowley (Henry Holt and Company)
The Fisherman and the Whale by Jessica Lanan (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)

Creative Nonfiction
Chronicles of the Forbidden: Essays of Shadow and Light by John Nizalowski (Irie Books)
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton & Company)
Soft Hearted Stories: Seeking Saviors, Cowboy Stylists, and Other Fallacies of Authoritarianism by Jenny Forrester (Lit Kit Collective)
The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes by Sarah Adleman (Tolsun Books)

General Fiction
Girls on the Line by Aimie K. Runyan (Lake Union Publishing)
Light in the Shadows by Linda Lafferty and Andy Stone (Lake Union Publishing)
The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

General Nonfiction
Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery by Christie Aschwanden (W. W. Norton & Company)
Taste the Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America by Connie Shoemaker (Amity Bridge Books)
The Land of Flickering Lights by Michael Bennet (Atlantic Monthly Press/Grove Atlantic)

History
Nighthawk Rising: A Biography of Accused Cattle Rustler Queen Ann Bassett of Brown’s Park by Diana Allen Kouris (High Plains Press)
Scholars of Mayhem: My Father’s Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith (Penguin Press)
The Storm on Our Shores: One Island, Two Soldiers, and the Forgotten Battle of World War II by Mark Obmascik (Atria Books)

Juvenile Literature
Spotted Tail by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk and Pat Kinsella (Reycraft Books)
Tree of Dreams by Laura Resau (Scholastic Press)
The Cryptid Keeper by Lija Fisher (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Literary Fiction
Burn Fortune by Brandi Homan (CLASH Books)
If the Ice Had Held by Wendy J. Fox (Santa Fe Writers Project)
You Who Enter Here by Erika T. Wurth (Ecelsior Editions, State University of New York Press, Albany)

Mystery
Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn (Minotaur Books)
Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books)

Pictorial
Bird Parade by Patrick Loehr (Centipede Press)
Flatland by Teague von Bohlen, photographer Britten Leigh Traughber (Bronze Man Books)
Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies by Jill S. Tietjen and Barbara Bridges (Lyons Press)

Poetry
How To Dress a Fish by Abigail Chabitnoy (Wesleyan University Press)
My Brother’s Keeper by David J. Rothman (Lithic Press)
Variations on Dawn and Dusk by Dan Beachy-Quick (Omnidawn Publishing)

Romance
Remembering a Witch by Lauren Connolly (Lauren Connolly)
Stolen Heart, Book 2: North Fork Series by K.L. McKee (Cameo Mountain Press)
Zapata, Book 1: The Border Series by Harper McDavid (Soul Mate Publishing)

Science Fiction/Fantasy
An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass (Tor Books)
Denver Moon, Book II: The Saint of Mars by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola (Hex Publishers)
The Blood of Seven by Claire L. Fishback (Dark Doorways Press, LLC)
The Legend of Carl Draco by Gary Reilly (Running Meter Press)

Short Story Collection
April Warnings by Mark Pleiss (Veliz Books)
Not a Thing to Comfort You by Emily Wortman-Wunder (University of Iowa Press)
This. This. This. Is. Love. Love. Love. by Jennifer Wortman (Split Lip Press)

Thriller
Black Pearl, A Cold Case Suspense by Donnell Ann Bell (Bell Bridge Books, Belle Books)
The Extinction Agenda by Michael Laurence (St. Martin’s Press)
The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson (Sourcebooks)

Young Adult Literature
Fake by Donna Cooner (Point, Scholastic, Inc.)
Merged by Jim Kroepfl and Stephanie Kroepfl (Month9Books)
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Children’s Division)

Announcing our Virtual Finalists Reading Series

Here is our updated schedule. We will be providing links to the venue in the coming days. Please visit us @cohumanities on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram and coloradohumanities.org for updated invitations or let us know at goff@coloradohumanities.org if you’re interested in being notified as plans confirm.

Juvenile Literature, Young Adult Literature
Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.

General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry
Friday, April 17, 7 pm

Mystery, Thriller
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Friday, May 1, 7 p.m.

General Nonfiction, History, Pictorial
Friday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Anthology, Creative Nonfiction, Short Story
Friday, May 15, 7 p.m.

The Colorado Book Awards celebration is scheduled May 30, 2020 at the historic Evans School, 1115 Acoma Street, Denver 80204 at 4 p.m. Please join us for a finalist book signing and reception followed by the awards ceremony. Winners will be announced and read briefly from their books, followed by dessert. Tickets are $25 and now available for purchase.

For more information, contact Chris Goff, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361, goff@coloradohumanities.org.

CBA Categories

Anthology/Collection

Biography

Children’s Literature

Creative Nonfiction

General Fiction

General Nonfiction

Genre Fiction

History

Juvenile Literature

Literary Fiction

Pictorial

Poetry

Spanish/Translation

Young Adult Literature

Colorado Book Awards

Submissions for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards will open in mid-September 2020 for books published in 2020. Submission deadline January 2021!

Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to our winners and finalists! Click the buttons below to view our current and past award recipients.

Anthology
Biography
Children’s Literature
Creative Nonfiction
General Fiction
General Nonfiction
Genre Fiction
History
Juvenile Literature
Literary Fiction
Mystery
Pictorial
Poetry
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Thriller
Young Adult
*Lifetime Award

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