2015 Colorado Book Award Finalists


Outdoors in the Southwest by Andrew Gulliford, editor (University of Oklahoma Press)

A Democracy of Poets in the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond by Kim Nuzzo, Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott, and Rett Harper, editors (AGS Publishing)

The Circle Book: A Conjeos County Anthology 2014 by Conejos Writers Circle, compilers (Alacrity House)

Children's Literature

Shep the Turnpike Dog by Charlotte Ann Havey (Bear Paw Print)

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

The Baby Sea Turtle by S.A. Mahan, illustrated by Deborah Mahan (Tate Publishing)

Creative Nonfiction

Misdiagnosed: One Woman's Tour of-and Escape From-Healthcareland by Jody Berger (Sourcebooks, Inc.)

An Anthropologist's Arrival by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Stephen E. Nash, editors (The University of Arizona Press)

Both Sides Now; A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)

General Nonfiction

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival by Katrina Blair (Chelsea Green Publishing)

Eating Dangerously by Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown (Rowman & Littlefield)

Soldier Girls by Helen Thorpe (Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster)

Historical Fiction

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin's Press)

Song of the Jayhawk by Jack Marshall Maness (Wooden Stake Press)

The Circle of Na'mow by Anna McDermott and Gretchen Wiegand (McDermott & Wiegand)


Creating the American West by Derek R. Everett (University of Oklahoma Press)

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike by Jared Orsi (Oxford University Press)

Juvenile Literature

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)

Letters From Heaven by Lydia Gil (Arte Público Press)

Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction

The Painter by Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf)

Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett (Counterpoint)

Cry Father by Benjamin Whitmer (Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster)


The Last Heir by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press)

Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time by Dale Lovin (Oak Tree Press)

Trapline by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink, an imprint of Llewelyn Worldwide Ltd.)


High Road to Aspen by Paul Andersen with photographs by David Hiser (ERG Press)

Goodnight Brew by Ann E. Briated (Bailiwick Press)

Wild Light by Erik Stensland (Morning Light Photography)


Ghost Gear by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum (The University of Arkansas Press)

Gray Matter by Sara Michas-Martin (Fordham University Press)

Abide by Jake Adam York (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)

Short Story Collection

The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox (Press 53)

The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic by Christopher Merkner (Coffee House Press)

Sanctuary:  Family, Friends, & Strangers-A collection of stories by Lucinda Stein (Create Space)


The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn (Simon & Schuster)

The House of Bathory by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)

Dead Wrong by Patricia Stoltey (Gale Cengage Learning)

Young Adult Literature

Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press)

No Summit out of Sight by Jordan Romero with Linda LeBlanc (Simon & Schuster)

Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin's Griffin)


Winners will be announced at the Colorado Book Awards ceremony Sunday, June 21, 2015 at the Doerr-Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows Resort in Aspen.  Tickets are available by calling Colorado Humanities, 303.894.7951, x10.


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