Project Description

Colorado Book Awards

To celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers, Colorado Book Awards are presented in at least ten categories including anthology/collection, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general fiction, general nonfiction, genre fiction, history, pictorial, poetry, and young adult literature.

2019 Colorado Book Award Finalists

Meet the finalists at the CBA Finalist Reading Series

Anthology/Collection

Mile High Stories: 25 Years of Our Best Writing, edited by Geoff Van Dyke (Bower House)

Mechanical Animals: Tales at the Crux of Creatures and Tech, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller (Hex Publishers)

False Faces: Twenty Stories About the Masks We Wear, edited by Warren Hammond and Angie Hodapp (RMFW Press)

Children’s Literature

The Little i Who Lost His Dot by Kimberlee Gard, illustrated by Sandie Sonke (Familius)

Mela and the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk, illustrated by Ziyue Chen (Sleeping Bear Press)

An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin & Noah Webster’s Spelling Revolution by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Creative Nonfiction

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Adoption by Susan Devan Harness (University of Nebraska Press)

River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed behind the Gold King Mine Disaster by Jonathan P. Thompson (Torrey House Press)

Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living by KarenAuvinen (Scribner, Simon & Schuster)

Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir by Adam Cayton-Holland (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster)

General Fiction

Daughters of the Night Sky by Aimie K. Runyan (Lake Union Publishing)

Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Random House)

Rosary without Beads by Diana Holguin-Balogh (Five Star/Cengage Publishing)

General Nonfiction

Bombs Away: Militarization, Conservation, and Ecological Restoration by David C. Havlick (The University of Chicago Press)

Doggie in the Window by Rory Kress (Sourcebooks)

Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded by Jason Heller (Melville House Publishing)

Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change by L. S. Gardiner (University of Iowa Press)

History

Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High by Polly E. Bugros McLean (University Press of Colorado)

The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes by Andrew Gulliford (Texas A&M University Press)

WWI Crusaders: A Band of Yanks in German-Occupied Belgium Help Save Millions from Starvation as Civilians Resist the Harsh German Rule by Jeffrey B. Miller (Milbrown Press)

Juvenile Literature

Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Owl Hollow Press)

Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue by Jeff Seymour (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

The Lighthouse between the Worlds by Melanie Crowder (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction

Awayland: Stories by Ramona Ausubel (Riverhead Books)

Mad Boy: A Novel by Nick Arvin (Europa Editions)

Madam Velvet’s Cabaret of Oddities by Nancy Stohlman (Big Table Publishing Company)

The Past Is Never: A Novel by Tiffany QuayTyson (Skyhorse Publishing)

Mystery

Burning Ridge: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books)

Death by G-String: A Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club Mystery by C. C. Harrison (Written Dreams Publishing)

Her Kind of Case: A Lee Isaacs, Esq., Novel by Jeanne Winer (Bancroft Press)

Poetry

Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen (Omnidawn Publishing)

Light Wind Light Light by Bin Ramke (Omnidawn Publishing)

Real Life: An Installation by Julie Carr (Omnidawn Publishing)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Denver Moon: The Minds of Mars by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola(Hex Publishers)

Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks (Queen of Swords Press)

While Gods Sleep by L. D. Colter (Tam Lin Publishing)

Thriller

Killing Godiva’s Horse: A Novel by J.M. Mitchell (Prairie Plum Press)

Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (Sourcebooks)

The Circumstantial Man by Gary Reilly (Running Meter Press)

Young Adult Literature

500 Words or Less by Juleah Del Rosario (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster)

Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham (Amberjack Publishing)

Screenshot by Donna Cooner (Point, Scholastic)

For more information, contact Bess Maher, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361, bess@coloradohumanities.org.

2019 Colorado Book Award Finalist Reading Schedule
All events will take place at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, 80212

Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller
April 5, 2019
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Children’s Literature
April 11, 2019
4:30–5:30 p.m. (Storytime)

Anthology, Creative Nonfiction
April 19, 2019
7:00–9:00 p.m.

General Nonfiction, History
April 26, 2019
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Juvenile Literature, Young Adult Literature
April 28, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry
May 3, 2019
7:00–9:00 p.m.

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

Winners will be announced and read briefly at the Colorado Book Awards celebration at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada 80003. Tickets are available through the Colorado Humanities Store here, or by calling 303.894.7951 x10.

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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