2014 Colorado Book Award Winners


Ernest L. Blumenschein: The Life of an American Artist by Robert W. Larson & Carole B. Larson (University of Oklahoma Press)

Children’s Literature

The Tumbleweed Came Back by Carmela LaVigna-Coyle & Kevin Rechin (Rio Chico)

Creative Nonfiction

Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food by BK Loren (Counterpoint Press)

General Nonfiction

Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State by Michele Morris (Farcountry Press)

Genre Fiction

Changes by Pamela Nowak (Five Star)

Historical Fiction

The Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)


Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream by Erika D. Walker, Wendy Rex-Atzet, Sally L. White, W. Bart Berger, Thomas J. Noel, & John Fielder (John Fielder Publishing)

Juvenile Literature

Grave Images by Jenny Goebel (Scholastic)

Literary Fiction

Little Raw Souls by Steven Schwartz (Autumn House Press)


I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail D. Storey (Mountaineers Books)


Desperado: A Mile High Noir by Manuel Ramos (Arte Publico Press)


Firmament: A Meditation on Place in Three Parts by Andrew Beckham (George F. Thompson Publishing)


Natural Takeover of Small Things by Tim Z. Hernandez (The University of Arizona Press)


Ndewo, Colorado by Uche Ogbuji (Aldrich Press)


Double Dare by Michael Madigan (Adventure Publications)

Young Adult Literature

Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor (Crescent Moon Press)

Thank you to all of the authors, editors, and artists who submitted their work to the 2014 Colorado Book Awards, and to the generous and talented selectors and judges who donated their time in support of Colorado’s literary community.

The 2015 Colorado Book Awards will open for submissions of books published in 2014 in August. To find out more about submitting, or to volunteer to be a reader for the 2015 Colorado Book Awards, please contact 2015 Program Coordinator Stephanie March at stephanie@coloradohumanities.org.

Thank you to

Urban Neighborhoods

Aspen Writers' Foundation