Finalist Readings

Colorado Book Award finalists will read in-person at Pikes Peak Library District branches in Colorado Springs. Attendees can pose questions and talk with the finalists, and finalist books will be available for purchase at the readings and through Poor Richard’s Books & Gifts.

Saturdays at 4 p.m.

April 15 – Historical Fiction, History/Biography, and Pictorial at East Library

April 29 – Children’s, Juvenile, and Young Adult Literature at Ruth Holley Library

May 13 – General Fiction, Mystery, Romance at Sand Creek Library

May 20 – Creative Nonfiction and General Nonfiction at East Library

May 27 – Anthology, Literary Fiction, and Poetry at Library 21c

June 3 – SciFi/Fantasy and Thriller at Rockrimmon Library

Finalist Celebration and Winners Announcement

Please join us to celebrate the finalists and announce this year’s winners at the beautiful and historic Penrose House in Colorado Springs. Situated at the base of Cheyenne Canyon and listed on the National Register for Historic Places, Penrose House now serves as an education and conference center available to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations. Tickets are $30 and include drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and dessert.
Saturday, June 10
1661 Mesa Avenue, Colorado Springs 80906

To learn more about, partner with, or sponsor the Colorado Book Awards, please contact program coordinator Mary Hickey at 303.894.7951 x19

Congratulations to the 2023 Finalists!


Bizarre Bazaar: A Collection of Stories from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Denver Noir
Cynthia Swanson
Akashic Books

The Long Devotion
Emily Pérez
The University of Georgia Press


Life is a Game: Adventures of a World War II Interrogator and U.S. Soccer Pioneer
G.K. Guennel & Flint Whitlock
Cable Publishing

The Continuing Storm: Learning from Katrina
Kai Erikson & Lori Peek
University of Texas Press

The Earth Is All That Lasts: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation
Mark Lee Gardner
Harper Collins

Children’s Literature

If Tigers Disappeared
Lily Williams
Roaring Brook Press

Swim, Jim!
Kaz Windness
Simon & Schuster

Jean Reidy & Lucy Ruth Cummins
Simon & Schuster

Creative Nonfiction

A Pros and Cons List for Strong Feelings
Will Betke-Brunswick
Tin House

Finding Querencia
Harrison Candelaria Fletcher
The Ohio State University Press

Tell Me Everything
Erika Krouse
Flatiron Books

Western Journeys
Teow Lim Goh
The University of Utah Press

General Fiction

A Light in the Forest
Melissa Payne
Lake Union Publishing

A Quick Trip to Moab: Insurrection in the Wilderness
Kevin T. Jones
Lost Souls Press

The Immortal King Rao
Vauhini Vara
W.W. Norton and Company

General Nonfiction

Ecosystems as Models for Restoring Our Economies
John Giordanengo
Alo Terra

Tracing Time
Craig Childs
Torrey House Press

Visual Thinking
Temple Grandin
Penguin Random House

Historical Fiction

The School for German Brides
Aimie K. Runyan
Harper Collins

Woman of Light
Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Penguin Random House

Little Souls
Sandra Dallas
St. Martin’s Press

Juvenile Literature

Dad’s Girlfriend and Other Anxieties
Kellye Crocker
Albert Whitman & Company

Middle School: Safety Goggles Advised
Jessica Speer & Lesley Imgart

Sisterhood of Sleuths
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Little, Brown and Company

Totality! An Eclipse Guide in Rhyme and Science
Jeffrey Bennett
Big Kid Science

Literary Fiction

Any Other Family
Eleanor Brown
Penguin Random House

Bratwurst Haven
Rachel King
West Virginia University Press

Sean Eads
Hex Publishers


Aunt Dimity & the Enchanted Cottage
Nancy Atherton
Viking Books

The Chimera Club
Chuck Greaves
Tallow Lane Books

Where Is Mary Bergen?
Craig Marshall Smith


In Pursuit of Happenstance
Barbara Ford & Roberta Smith
Ruby Creek Press

To Aspen and Back: An American Journey
Peggy Clifford, David Hiser, and Daniel Joseph Watkins
The Meat Possum Press

Vibrant Interiors
Andrea Monath Schumacher
Gibbs Smith


Katherine Indermaur
Seneca Review Books

What Flies Want
Emily Pérez
University of Iowa Press

You Better Be Lightning
Andrea Gibson
Button Poetry/Exploding Pinecone Press


All the Flowers of the Mountain
Christina Holbrook
Sunroom Studios

Hope is Built
Davalynn Spencer

The Duke in Question
Amalie Howard

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Conscious Designs
Nathaniel White
Miami University Press

Demon Riding Shotgun
L.R. Braden
Belle Bridge Books

Denver Moon: The thirteen of Mars
Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola
Hex Publishers


Dark of Night 
Barbara Nickless
Thomas & Mercer

Deep Waters of Destiny 
Peter Carlson
Calumet Editions

The Wrong Woman 
Leanne Kale Sparks
Crooked Lane Books

Young Adult Literature

Azar on Fire
Olivia Abtahi
Penguin Random House

Bright Ruined Things
Samantha Cohoe
St. Martin’s

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves
Meg Long
St. Martin’s

About the Colorado Book Awards

The Colorado Book Awards annually celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Volunteer selectors and judges from across Colorado read submissions to choose finalists and winners. To learn more about, partner with, or sponsor the Colorado Book Awards, please contact program coordinator Mary Hickey at 303.894.7951 x19

Past Winners and Finalists

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

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