GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO -  Finalists in the Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy Colorado Book Awards (CBA) categories will read and answer questions on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7 p.m. in a Zoom and Facebook Live event (details at coloradohumanities.org).  Zoom participants may converse live with authors Lauren Connolly, K.L. McKee, Harper McDavid, Cate Glass, Warren Hammond, Claire L. Fishback and Mark Stevens (standing in for the late-Gary Reilly). Kevin Anderson, 2016 CBA winner in science fiction/fantasy, will MC. Facebook Live attendees can send in questions and comments. Books can be ordered online at BookBar.

Then, on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 1 p.m., gather the children ‘round the monitor to listen and watch as finalists in the Children’s Literature category read, answer questions, and give live drawing demonstrations at a Zoom and Facebook Live event (details at coloradohumanities.org). Three-time CBA winner Denise Vega will MC. Zoom participants can interact live with authors Jean Reidy and Jessica Lanan, and illustrators Lucy Ruth Cummins and Ashley Crowley. Facebook Live attendees can send in questions and comments. Books can be ordered online at BookBar.

Romance and Science Fiction/Fantasy Finalists Friday, May 1, 7 p.m.

Lauren Connolly will read from her romance novel Remembering a Witch. Lauren Connolly crafts love stories set in the contemporary world, some grounded reality, while others play with the mystical. She lives in southern Colorado, outnumbered by her animals.

K.L. McKee will read from her romance novel Stolen Heart. After working in the Reference Center of her local library for twenty-nine years, she went back to school and earned a B.A. in English from Regis University, renewing her desire to write faith-based stories. A member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and several local writing groups, she now resides with her husband in western Colorado and writes full time.

Harper McDavid will read from her romance novel Zapata.  After watching her mother ride the writing roller coaster, she swore she would never do it herself. But some things are just hardwired. Her gritty romantic suspense incorporates her in science and engineering background and her work along the border.

Cate Glass will read from her science fiction/fantasy novel An Illusion of Thieves. The author of the fantasy adventure series Chimera, she has also written fifteen epic fantasy novels as Carol Berg, won numerous Colorado Book Awards, and earned national and international acclaim. Born and raised in Texas, she now resides in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and three sons.

Warren Hammond will read from his science fiction/fantasy novel Denver Moon, Book II: The Saint of Mars. The author of several science fiction novels, quite a few short stories and a graphic novel, his 2012 novel, KOP Killer, won the Colorado Book Award for best mystery. His latest series is co-written with Joshua Viola.

Claire L. Fishback will read from her science fiction/fantasy novel, The Blood of Seven. An award-winning author, she writes horror novels and short stories. The author of Lump: A Collection of Short Stories, in her spare time she enjoys adding to her bone collection and poking dead things with sticks.

Gary Reilly, represented by publisher Mark Stevens, who will read from the late-Reilly’s science fiction/fantasy novel, The Legend of Carl Draco. Reilly only published one piece of writing in his lifetime, a short story published by the Iowa Writers Review and later picked up by the Pushcart Prize Anthology (1979).  Since his death in 2011, Running Meter Press has published 13 of his novels, five of them Colorado Book Award finalists.

Children’s Literature Finalists May 2, 1 p.m.

Jean Reidy will read from her novels, Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story and Truman. She is a two-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, a Parent's Choice Gold Award Winner, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor winner, and recognized on "Best of" lists by School Library Journal, the New York Times, NPR, and Amazon.

Ashley Crowley will discuss his illustrations of the novel, Pup 681: A Sea Otter Rescue Story. A former police officer, he found his passion in children's books. The author-illustrator of the Officer Panda books and the illustrator of The Boy and the Blue Moon, written by Sara O'Leary, Ashley lives with his son in Suffolk, UK.

Lucy Ruth Cummins will discuss her illustrations of the novel Truman.  An author, illustrator and art director of children’s books, her debut picture book, A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, an Irma Black Honor Book, and an ALA Notable Book. She is also the illustrator of This Is Not a Valentine, written by Carter Higgins.

Jessica Lanan will read from her book The Fisherman and the Whale. Growing up surrounded by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains, she finds inspiration all around her in the natural world. The illustrator of several books for children including Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story and The Story I’ll Tell. The Fisherman and the Whale is the first book that she has both written and illustrated.

Colorado Book Awards Online Finalist Readings

Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy

7 p.m. Friday, May 1

Children’s Literature

1 p.m. Saturday, May 2

General Nonfiction, History, Pictorial

7 p.m. Friday, May 8

Anthology, Creative Nonfiction, Short Story

7 p.m.  Friday, May 15

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Winners will be announced and read briefly at 4 p.m. May 30, 2020, 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.