Colorado Authors’ League 2012 Award Winners
Book-length Mainstream Fiction
River Stone by JB Winsor (BoulderDigital Publishing)
The judge comment: Sometimes we have to be whacked over the head before we realize just how narrow our thinking can be. Justin returns to a home he fled and finds the good people he left behind. His hateful relationship with his father will continue to impede his emotional growth until he can bury the relationship along with his father and see what treasure he now has.
Book-length Genre Fiction
Fox & Geese by Sandy Whelchel (National Writers Press)
The judge’s comments: This is a story of having our strength tested by fates that strip away what we think we need most. Tiffanie Lee’s husband is in a coma, and she must take over the ranch, the family, and the opposition to land developers while he lies between life and death. We’re inspired by her dedication and strength, including the ability to ask for help when she needs it most.
Book-length Children’s Fiction (Picture Books and Early Reader
Raj, the Bookstore Tiger by Kathleen T. Pelley (Charlesbridge)
The judge’s comment: Raj the Bookstore Tiger is an engrossing tale about how small things can change everything. Children need positive role models for times of change. Raj solves his own problem with a little help and inspiration from his owner. Children will love this tiger and this book.
Book-length General Nonfiction
Tea Leaf Reading for Beginners: Your Fortune in a Teacup by Caroline Dow (Llewellyn Publications Worldwide)
The judge comment: Informative, well-researched book that has something for everyone. Well-written and out-of-the-ordinary subject
Book-length Creative Nonfiction
The Long Road to Oklahoma: Images and Impressions of Our Trip Across America by Kathy and Ron Hendricks (Self-published)
The judge’s comment: This is an excellent travelogue. Kathy and Ron can take the simplest subject and deliver a whole new way of seeing it. The prose is both clear and intriguing. The photos are astonishing.
Adult Feature Article
Who Do They Call? byJoy Overbeck (Vail Valley Magazine)
The judge’s comment: An exciting, informative read. Good storytelling.
A Shape-Shifting Land by Page Lambert (West of 98, University of Texas Press)
The judge’s commented that the essay “…has a seductive, languid rhythm that draws the reader into a realm of beautiful imagery.”
dance 101 by Constance E. Boyle (La Forza di Vita: Caffeinated Poems)
The judge’s comment: This is an exceptionally well-written poem. It has a confident rhythm and rich vowel sounds. There is a gentle, thoughtful intensity throughout.