Best in Colorado literature honored at Aspen ceremony

Fifteen authors and illustrators walked away with top honors Friday at the 21st annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony, the culminating event for the Aspen Summer Words writing retreat and literary festival in Aspen.

The winners were selected from 169 entries across 12 categories for books published in 2011. Margaret Coel, a six-time Colorado Book Award recipient, received a Lifetime Achievement Award honoring her significant contribution to the Colorado literary community.

The 2012 Colorado Book Award winners:

Anthology:Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument edited by Laurena Mayne Davis, The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction).

Biography: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).

Genre Fiction: The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg (Penguin Group USA).

History: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).

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

Poetry:Circle’s Apprentice by Dan Beachy-Quick (Tupelo Press).

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

Colorado Humanities supports literary, cultural and historical programs throughout Colorado in an effort to bring the humanities to life in communities across the state. As the home of Colorado Center for the Book, Colorado Humanities is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

For more information, visit www.coloradohumanities.org.