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Colorado authors/books

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mar 12, 2011, 1:41am

Since we pretty universally love Colorado, we should celebrate Colorado authors and books based in Colorado.

One of by favorite authors is Sandra Dallas who lives in Denver. Find her on Facebook and at I think she does an incredible job of capturing the essence of the West. Am exicted because I just received an Early Reviewer copy of her new book The Bride's House.

Do you have a favorite Colorado author or Colorado book?

mar 12, 2011, 8:03pm

Science Fiction writer Connie Willis, from Greely - ten Hugos, five Nebulas. Two of her novels are set in Colorado - Belwether in Boulder and Passage in Denver.

Temple Grandin, also from Greely, author of numerous books on her life with autism.

Damon Runyon; not usually considered a Colorado author, but born in Pueblo

Isabella Bird - honorable mention; although she spent less than a year in Colorado her A Ladies Life in the Rocky Mountains has some pretty amusing comments about the degree of Colorado civilization in 1873.

mar 12, 2011, 10:13pm

I consider Runyon to be a Colorado writer. And I loved Bird's book.

Don't usually read SF, but will pick up one of Willis' Colorado books. Thanks for the tip.

mar 20, 2011, 1:45pm

Thanks setnahkt for the note about Connie Willis. Just finished The Doomsday Book and enjoyed it very much.

mar 20, 2011, 4:54pm

>4 cacky: Connie Willis usually comes to the MileHiCon science fiction convention in Denver; held in October.

mar 29, 2011, 12:32pm

Strangely enough, though I love Colorado, I do not really have a favorite book that is set here. I have read The Bookman's Wake, of course, but I did not love it. Certainly well written and enjoyable, but not one I would go back to read again and again.

My friend Robin D. Owens is working on a fantasy romance novel set in Denver, but I am not usually a romance person so though I am going to read it out of loyalty who knows if I will like it or not. Plus, not even finished yet.

And the other Colorado authors I read do not set things in Colorado.

mar 30, 2011, 11:03pm

>1 cacky: Sandra Dallas is one of my favorites, too, and I also have an arc of her new book that I'm anxious to get started on.

Another fine Colorado author is Kent Haruf. His wonderful Plainsong is set in the fictional town of Holt, CO.

Redigerat: mar 31, 2011, 9:34pm

David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, lives in Westminster, I believe, or up in that area. (I'm never sure where one suburb ends and the next one begins.) That book got mixed reviews in my book club and here on LT, but I loved it.

And I agree that Kent Haruf and Sandra Dallas are both excellent authors.

As far as books set in Colorado, can't forget The Stand. At least part of the book took place here.

apr 1, 2011, 8:01pm

I loved Haruf's Plainsong and think he is a fantastic author.

Thanks for pointin out that Wroblewski is a Colorado author. I hadn't realized that and hope that causes me to pull out The Story of Edgar Sawtelle from the bottom of my "to read" pile.

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