Book Awards
2005 Winners

14th Annual Colorado Book Award Winners (2005)

The Colorado Center for the Book (CCB), the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and a program of the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities (CEH), announced the winners for the 14 th annual Colorado Book Awards in a gala ceremony on Thursday, October 6, 2005 , at the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom.  

The awards featured an e-town style show, written and produced by etown founder Nick Forster. "I see a really natural connection between our.organizations," said Forster, "in that we both are celebrating creativity and individual expression, and we both have a national reach with a Colorado focus."

Patricia Nelson Limerick , faculty director of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado and the author of The Legacy of Conquest and Something in the Soil , spoke at the event alongside Forster. Limerick has been a guest columnist for the New York Times .

Musician Wendy Woo and her father, poet Bataan Faigao , were also featured guests.   In 2000, this father-daughter pair collaborated on an album "Ecolalia" that featured Faigao's poetry and Woo's music. Woo, a talented guitarist and vocalist, has released five CDs in her career. Faigao, along with being an accomplished poet, was a founding faculty member of Boulder's Naropa Institute.

The awards are given annually to the Colorado authors of the best books published in the preceding year judged by the Colorado book community. "The introduction of radio and music personalities into the awards, not only charged the evening with fun and entertainment, but really celebrated Colorado as a place of inspiration and creativity," commented CEH Executive Director, Margaret Coval.

We are proud to present the winners of the 2005 Colorado Book Awards...

Autobiography/ Memoir - Children - Educational - Fiction
General Non-Fiction - History - Poetry - Popular Fiction - Young Adult

Biography/ Memoir

David Fridtjof Halaas and Andrew E. Masich are co-authors of Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of G.orge Bent--Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man. Halaas, former historian at the Library of Congress and the Colorado Historical Society, is now museum division director at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center. Masich is president and CEO of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania and former vice-president of the Colorado Historical Society. Halfbreed is the story of the amazing and uncommon life of G.orge Bent--a "halfbreed" born to a prominent white trader and his Cheyenne wife--whose lifetime spanned one of the most exciting epochs in our nation's history. After a lifetime of adventures and misfortunes, accomplishments and failures, G.orge Bent made a lasting contribution to the memory of his people by sharing with historians the story of the fighting Cheyennes.

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Children's Literature

Linda Ashman is a children's author with a degree in urban planning. Linda has lived in New York City and Los Angeles and now lives in Denver. Her children's book, Just Another Morning, tells the story of how a young boy's imagination turns an ordinary morning into a wild adventure, complete with a snarling beast (the family dog) and a ravenous monster (the vacuum cleaner).

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Educational Non-Fiction

Connie L. Ellefson, an art major turned civil engineer, is a design consultant for the Denver Water xeriscape design clinics. David Winger is past president of Xeriscape Colorado, a nonprofit.organization, whose garden photography has appeared in several publications, including Sunset Magazine. Together, these experts on water conservation created Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide. With lavish, full-color photography, wide-ranging advice, and comprehensive charts, water-wise garden experts Ellefson and Winger showcase the xeriscape principles that will let you make the most of the Centennial State's 300 days of annual sunshine and enhance your property with less work and less water.

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Kent Haruf, fiction writer and a self-proclaimed "ministry brat," grew up in eastern Colorado, where his novels are set. He studied literature at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, where he would later teach. He is the author of many novels, including Plainsong, a bestseller from coast to coast.   Now Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, with another accomplished and graceful story, Eventide. Photo Credit: Kurt Markus

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General Non-Fiction

Nile Southern, son of Terry Southern, began writing in elementary school along with making films with his father, appearing in them as an actor at age eight. After his father's death in 1995, Nile became the Executor of the Terry Southern Estate, which was mired in debt and copyright disarray. Nile is the co-editor of Now Dig This; The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern; 1950-1995, and author of his creative nonfiction category title, The CANDY Men, The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel, CANDY.

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Denver Art Museum, Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life, 1521 - 1821, offers this catalogue of the largest exhibition of Mexican colonial painting ever assembled outside of Mexico. The exhibit included sixty masterpieces from public and private collection in Europe, Mexico, and the United States. This catalogue from the Spring 2004 exhibit provides a much-needed basic, yet comprehensive text on the subject. Donna Pierce, Editor.

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Mark Irwin has written five books of poetry, including Bright Hunger. He has been awarded The Nation/Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Romania. Irwin has been described by poet David St. John as "An impeccable craftsman," who "writes with a lyrical intensity that somehow combines the brilliance of Valery and the natural ease of observation of William Carlos Williams." Irwin lives with his family in Denver.

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Popular Fiction

Margaret Coel is The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahoe on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley and Arapahoe attorney Vicky Holden. The latest Wind River Reservation mystery, Wife of Moon, finds O'Malley and Holden investigating a murder that occurred nearly a century before and its connection to a much more recent crime.

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Young Adult Literature

Julie Anne Peters, in her latest Young Adult novel Luna, writes about transformation Liam, a boy by day, to Luna, his true self and a girl by night. Compelling and provocative, this novel is the first to write of transgender teens and their struggles for acceptance. Luna was named a Chicago Public Library Best Books 2004 and a National Book Award Finalist-Young People's Literature 2004. Peters lives in Lakewood, Colorado.



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