Colorado Book Awards is going virtual. On Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 4 p.m., finalists in the Juvenile Literature and Young Adult Literature categories will read and answer questions at a Zoom and Facebook Live @cohumanities event hosted by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book.

The first 100 to join the Zoom meeting at may converse live with the author. Facebook Live attendees can send in questions and comments. Books can be ordered online at BookBar.

Lija Fisher will read from her juvenile literature novel The Cryptid Keeper. She has performed on stages across New York, California, Florida, Colorado and Alaska. In 2017 she was the Writer in Residence with Aspen Words. Prior to becoming an author, she trained for a while (a very short while) to be a Hollywood stunt person.

Laura Resau will read from her juvenile literature novel Tree of Dreams. The award-winning author of nine highly acclaimed young adult and children's novels set in Latin America and Europe. her books are inspired by her time abroad as a cultural anthropologist, ESL teacher, and student. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden will read from his juvenile literature novel Spotted Tail. An enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota nation, Weiden’s upcoming novel, Winter Counts, has been chosen as one of 2020's most anticipated books by Library Journal. He’s published in magazines, is the fiction editor for Anomaly, a journal of international literature and arts, and teaches writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

Donna Cooner will read from her young adult literature novel Fake. The author of 20+ picture books and children's television shows for PBS, her debut novel, Skinny, won an ALA Best Young Adult Fiction Award and was named BEA's Young Adult Buzz Book, and a Bankstreet College's Best Children's Book of the Year. Her book, Can’t Look Away, was a Teen Choice Nominee and an ALA Top Pick for Reluctant Readers. Her books have been translated into Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, and Finnish.

Sandhya Menon will read from her young adult literature novel There’s Something About Sweetie. The New York Times bestselling author of several novels with lots of kissing, girl power, and swoony boys. Menon’s books have been featured in several cool places, including on The Today Show, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, NPR, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed. Her first novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, won the 2018 Colorado Book Award in Young Adult Literature.

Online Colorado Book Awards Finalist Readings
and conversations with the authors

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

General Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry
Friday, April 17
7 p.m.

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

Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Saturday, April 25
7 p.m.

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

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

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2020 Colorado Book Award Finalists

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Winners will be announced and read briefly Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 4 p.m. at the historic Evans School, 1115 Acoma Street, Denver 80204. $25 includes a finalist book signing and reception followed by the awards ceremony and dessert. Tickets can be purchased on our website. Outskirts Press, a longtime sponsor, will present at the ceremony. We also thank The Colorado Sun for their sponsorship of the 2020 Colorado Book Awards.