9/8/18 – Colorado Book Award Winners Read

Third Annual Lit Crawl Denver:

Join us for another wild night of literary debauchery on Saturday, September 8 at 7 p.m. as Colorado Book Award winners read at the third annual Lit Crawl Denver. Colorado Book Award winners will read at The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer Street, Denver, 80205, and more than 30 Denver-area writers will perform at other RiNo locations as part of Lit Crawl. View the complete line-up here: litquake.org/lit-crawl-denver.html.

Dr. Chip Colwell will read from the history book Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture. Colwell is senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. He has held fellowships with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Endowment for the Humanities, and U.S. Fulbright Program. He has published 11 books and many articles in such venues as The Atlantic, Guardian and Denver Post.

Stephanie G’Schwind will read from her anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. G’Schwind is the editor of Colorado Review and the director of the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. She edited the anthology Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood and is the series editor for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and co-editor, with Donald Revell, of the Mountain West Poetry Series. She has worked in the publishing industry (literary, scholarly and educational) for more than 20 years. She will be joined in reading by contributor

Katherine E. Standefer, whose forthcoming debut book, Lightning Flowers, was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Works-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.

Michael Kodas will read from Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame. Kodas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the deputy director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Megafire was named one of the 20 best nonfiction books of 2017 by Amazon. Kodas is also the author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed, which was named Best Nonfiction in USA Book News’s National Best Books Awards of 2008. His work has been featured in newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets around the world.

Laura Pritchett will read from her novel The Blue Hour. Pritchett is the acclaimed author of Stars Go Blue, Red Lightning, Hell’s Bottom, Colorado and Sky Bridge as well as several books of nonfiction. Her work has garnered several awards, including the PEN USA Award for Fiction, the WILLA, the High Plains Book Award and others.

Helen Thorpe will read from her creative nonfiction book The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom. Thorpe was born in London to Irish parents and grew up in New Jersey. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, The New Yorker, Slate and Harper’s Bazaar. Her radio stories have aired on This American Life and Sound Print. She is also the author of Just Like Us and Soldier Girls and lives in Denver.

See the full list of winners at coloradohumanities.org. Sponsored by Outskirts Press, First Western Trust and Shaw Construction, the Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories.

Colorado Humanities is the only Colorado organization exclusively dedicated to supporting humanities education for adults and children statewide. Celebrating its 44th year and its 14th year as host for the Colorado Center for the Book, Colorado Humanities is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Smithsonian Institution, and the national award-winning educational nonprofit Motheread, Inc. With offices in the Denver Technological Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado Humanities works with 150 program partners throughout the state to design and implement educational programs that best meet each community’s needs. Colorado Humanities’ goals are to improve education, strengthen cultural institutions, and enrich community life by inspiring the people of Colorado to explore ideas and appreciate our diverse heritage. To learn more, visit coloradohumanities.org or call 303.894.7951.

Author headshots, bios, book cover images and book descriptions as well as connections to authors for interviews are available by contacting Bess Maher at bess@coloradohumanities.org or 303.894.7951 x19.

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