Friday, June 22, 2012

12 in ’12: Colorado Book Award winners

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The Aspen Summer Words literary festival and retreat culminated today with the Colorado Book Awards ceremony, honoring the state's best in writing and illustration. A total of 169 entries were whittled down to just 12 winners — one for each category. Additionally, Margaret Coel was honored with a lifetime achievement award for her "significant contribution to the Colorado literary community."

Springs area poet Janice Gould, finalist in the Poetry category of the 2012 Colorado Book Awards.
  • Springs area poet Janice Gould, finalist in the Poetry category of the 2012 Colorado Book Awards.

None of the winners this year are from the Pikes Peak region, unlike last year, when Kirk Farber took home the prize for literary fiction. However, Janice Gould, local poet and professor, was a finalist for her work, "Doubters and Dreamers."

Doubters and Dreamers opens with a question from a young girl faced with the spectacle of Indian effigies lynched and burned “in jest” before UC Berkeley’s annual Big Game against Stanford: “What’s a debacle, Mom?” This innocent but telling question marks the girl’s entrée into the complicated knowledge of her heritage as a mixed-blood Native American of Koyangk’auwi (Concow) Maidu descent. The girl is a young Janice Gould, and the poems and narrations that follow constitute a remarkable work of sustained and courageous self-revelation, retracing the precarious emotional terrain of an adolescence shaped by a mother’s tough love and a growing consciousness of an ancestral and familial past.

Her other books of poetry include Beneath My Heart, Alphabet (a chapbook) and Earthquake Weather. She is the co-editor, with Dean Rader, of Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry. She is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

— Colorado Humanities

LoDo's Tattered Cover will host a signing celebration with the winners at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 21. If you can make it, you'll get a chance to shmooze with not just any local authors, but award-winning ones.

Check out the list of all the winners after the jump.

———2012 Colorado Book Award Winners———

Monumental Majesty, edited by Laurena Mayne Davis.
  • "Monumental Majesty," edited by Laurena Mayne Davis.
Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument edited by Laurena Mayne Davis, The Daily Sentinel

The Man Who Never Died by William Adler, Bloomsbury USA

Children's Literature
Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, Disney Hyperion

Creative Nonfiction
Dances in Two Worlds: A Writers-Artist’s Backstory by Thordis Niela Simonson, The Fundamental Note

General Nonfiction
Math for Life by Jeffrey Bennett, Roberts and Company

The Soul Mirror, by Carol Berg
  • "The Soul Mirror," by Carol Berg
Genre Fiction
The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg, Penguin Group USA

From Jars to the Stars by Todd Neff, Earthview Media

Juvenile Fiction
City of Orphans by Avi, illustrated by Greg Ruth, Simon & Schuster

Literary Fiction
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam

Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist by Daniel Joseph Watkins, People’s Press

Circle’s Apprentice by Dan Beachy-Quick, Tupelo Press

Young Adult Literature
Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1 – Rocky Mountain Beginnings by Carol Sue Shride, My Piece of the Puzzle

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