Winners of the 2011 Colorado Book Awards Announced

Colorado Humanities announced the winners of the Colorado Book Awards on Friday, June 24, at the 20th Annual Colorado Book Awards ceremony, which was held as the culminating event for the Aspen Summer Words writing retreat and literary festival in Aspen. Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book's deep-reading volunteer selectors and judges from around the state considered 146 titles entered by authors, editors and photographers and their publishers to compete in 10 categories this year.

The award ceremony was co-hosted by the Aspen Writers' Foundation and the Aspen Institute at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the Aspen Institute campus, with global literati in attendance, including Dr. John Y. Cole, the director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Many thanks to our Colorado Book Award sponsors, Outskirts Press, Vectra Bank Colorado and Zions First National Bank!

2011 Colorado Book Award Winners
Touchstones of Design: Redefining Public Architecture by Curtis Fentress, Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd
Landscapes on Glass: Lantern Slides for the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition, by Jack Turner, Durango Herald Small Press

Rival Rails: The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad by Walter R. Borneman, Random House

Children's Literature
Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer by Kathleen T. Pelley, pictures by S.D. Schindler, Farrar Straus Giroux

Creative Nonfiction
Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq by Dr. Dave Hnida, Simon & Schuster.  Read more ...

General Nonfiction
The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, From Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder by Erin Blakemore, Harper

Genre Fiction
The Spider's Web by Margaret Coel, Berkley Prime Crime

Juvenile Literature
Warriors: In the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood, Front Street Press

Literary Fiction
Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber, Harper Perennial

The Diminishing House by Nicky Beer, Carnegie Mellon University Press

Young Adult Literature
The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell, Candlewick Press