ASPEN, CO – A standing-room-only crowd, including Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, celebrated the 19th Annual Colorado Book Awards on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen. Hickenlooper, a long-time collaborator with Colorado Humanities and Colorado Center for the Book, spoke to the 200 attendees about taking the One Book, One Denver program statewide, and about the importance of the writing community in Colorado, which Hickenlooper said creates a momentum for literacy.
The Colorado Book Awards, one of the oldest state book award programs in the country, recognizes outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Vectra Bank representatives Tom Griffiths and Rick Sullivan and Outskirts Press CEO Brent Sampson joined Colorado Humanities Executive Director Margaret Coval and Board Chair Judy Casey to announce the winners.
The winners of the 2010 Colorado Book awards are:
a Dozen on Denver: Stories, Rocky Mountain News (editor), Fulcrum Publishing
Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists, by Dyana Z. Furmansky, The University of Georgia Press
Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? by Denise Vega, illustrated by Erin Eitter Kono, Little, Brown and Company
Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe, Scribner
Voices of the American West by Corinne Platt and Meredith Ogilby, Fulcrum Publishing
Genre Fiction – Historical & Romance
A Land Beyond Ravens: Book 4 of the Macsen’s Treasure Series by Kathleen Cunningham Guler, Bardsong Press
Genre Fiction – Mystery/Thriller & Science Fiction/Fantasy
The Radio Magician and Other Stories by James Van Pelt, Fairwood Press
First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army by Peter Eichstaedt, Lawrence Hill Books
Artsy-Fartsy: An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel by Karla Oceanak, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer, Bailiwick Press
Spoon by Robert Greer, Fulcrum Publishing
Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament by George Stranahan and Nicole Beinstein Strait, People’s Press
Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems by Bin Ramke, Omnidawn Publishing
Young Adult Literature
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau, Delacorte Press
About Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book
Colorado Humanities supports high-quality literary, cultural and historical programs throughout Colorado in an effort to bring the humanities to life across the state. The mission of Colorado Humanities is to inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate our diverse cultural heritage. Our programs, including Motheread/Fatheread Coloradoã, Writers in the Schools, Hispanic Heritage Live! and High Plains Chautauqua, encourage and enable people to read, listen and learn in cultural activities, and to participate in civic dialogue. Colorado Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Colorado Center for the Book is a program department of Colorado Humanities, affiliated with the Library of Congress. More information about Colorado Humanities can be found by visiting http://www.coloradohumanities.