Outskirts Press CEO to Present Colorado Book Awards

As a long-time sponsor of the Colorado Book Awards, I frequently attend the Awards Ceremony held by the Colorado Humanities.  For the past several years it has been held in Aspen (always a fun weekend!), but this year they moved it to the Governor’s Mansion in Denver, only to quickly sell-out that venue.  Fortunately, there is a beautiful facility just a half-mile from our address at Outskirts Press in Parker, Colorado, which is where I will be along with Lifetime Achievement Award Kent Haruf’s family, and others in attendance, this coming Saturday night for the Colorado Book Awards.

Here’s the press release from The Colorado Humanities:


Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book Recognizes Kent Haruf with Lifetime Achievement Award in Parker

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO (5/17/2016) Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book will award Kent Haruf with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Colorado Book Awards celebration on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Parker, CO. Haruf is the author of Plainsong, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Eventide, Benediction, and Our Souls at Night, among other works. The posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Haruf’s family.

The Colorado Book Awards will be presented, and winners will read briefly, at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, 80138. Parker is home to the National Writers Association and long-time Colorado Book Award sponsor Outskirts Press. Outskirts Press founder  Brent Sampson is the bestselling author of several books, including Sell Your Book on Amazon, The Book Marketing COACH and Self-Publishing Simplified.

Sponsored by Outskirts Press and First Western Trust, the Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories.

2016 Colorado Book Award Finalists

Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon by Pete Anderson and Rick Kempa, editors (Lithic Press)

Abbey in America: A Philosopher’s Legacy in a New Century by John A. Murray, editor (University of New Mexico Press)

Stories of Music, Volume 1 by Holly E. Tripp, editor (Timbre Press)

Children’s Literature

Do Princesses Make Happy Campers? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, illustrated by Mike Gordon (Taylor Trade Publishing)

A Chicken Followed Me Home by Robin Page  (Beach Lane Books)
Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! By Todd Tuell, illustrated by Tad Carpenter (Abrams Appleseed)

Creative Nonfiction

Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement by Stephen Grace (Bangtail Press)
Finding Abbey: The Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave by Sean Prentiss (University of New Mexico Press)

The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth by Stephen and Joyce Singular (Counterpoint)

General Nonfiction

Children of Katrina by Alice Fothergill and Lori Peek (University of Texas Press)

The Republic of Conscience by Gary Hart (Blue Rider Press)

Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman (Simon & Schuster)

Historical Fiction

The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)

And the Wind Whispered by Dan Jorgensen (Bygone Era Books)

The Shepherdess of Siena by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)


Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service by Heather Hansen (Mountaineers Books)

Colorado: A Historical Atlas by Thomas J. Noel (University of Oklahoma Press)

Old Blue’s Road by James Whiteside (University Press of Colorado)

Juvenile Literature

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman  (Henry Holt and Company)

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau (Scholastic Press)

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose (Candlewick Press)


Literary Fiction

How to Walk Away by Lisa Birman (Spuyten Duyvil)

Pickup at Union Station by Gary Reilly (Running Meter Press)

Three Rivers: A Novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson (Thomas Dunne Books).



The Reckoning Stones by Laura Di Silverio (Midnight Ink)

Murder on the Horizon by M.L. Rowland (Berkeley Prime Crime)

Lake of Fire by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink)


Colorado’s Yampa River by John Fielder and Patrick Tierney (John Fielder Publishing)

Love Songs of Middle Time by C.H. Rockey (CH Rockey and David Hall)

Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads by Dave Showalter  (Braided River)


(gentlessness) by Dan Beachy-Quick  (Tupelo Press)

The Octopus Game by Nicky Beer (Carnegie Mellon University Press)

All Pilgrim by Stephanie Ford (Four Way Books)

Bad Fame by Martin McGovern (Able Muse Press)


Clockwork Lives by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart (ECW Press)

Lord Byron’s Prophecy by Sean Eads (Lethe Press)

Short Story Collection

Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin (University of Iowa Press)
The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories by Manuel Ramos (Arte Publico Press)


The Virus by Janelle Diller (WorldTrek Publishing)

Dark Waters by Chris Goff (Crooked Lane Books)

The Comfort of Black by Carter Wilson (Oceanview Publishing)

Young Adult

Audacity by Melanie Crowder (Philomel Books)

Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)

Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

For more information, please visit coloradohumanities.org or call 303.894.7951, x19.