At The Colorado Sun, our journalism seeks to capture the issues and essence of what it means to be a Coloradan.
But through the words of local writers, fiction and non-fiction books also reveal essential truths about what it means to live and work here — at greater length and sometimes more artfully than we can express in our reportage.
Through a feature we call SunLit, we will present new excerpts from some of the best Colorado authors that not only spin engaging narratives but also illuminate who we are as a community. We offer these literary appetizers as part of our mission to reinforce that sense of community as well as to provide ways for readers to experience different points of view — and maybe discover a writer whose work resonates with them.
By partnering with Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, SunLit each Friday will offer selections from that organization’s Colorado Book Award finalists and others for readers to sample — always for free. Those will be accompanied by a Q&A with the featured author to lend context and background to the selection, as well as its place in the writer’s larger catalog.
We hope that this is just the beginning for SunLit.
We’re starting with some basics, but as circumstances allow, we’d love to expand our offerings to showcase more of Colorado’s vibrant fiction and non-fiction writers before a statewide audience — whether through feature articles, reviews or other means.
So kick back, relax and give these Colorado-connected writers a read. Then let us hear your thoughts at SunLit@coloradosun.com.
— Kevin Simpson, Staff Writer
Read the latest SunLit features
- A genre-defying memoir calls on history, science and gripping narrative in a meditation on grief
- Sarah Adleman’s literary journey included a white board, a Death Row letter and a long train ride
- How losing friends to death led two former corporate types to shape a young adult novel
- A talented 16-year-old painter is given a chance to “merge minds” with a dying master. Should he take it?
- In a Martian future, a private eye searches the dystopian bowels of the planet for a suspect
- Two buddies, a few beers and the unfettered exchange of crazy ideas gave birth to the adventures of Denver Moon
- Humanity and nature, mother and son, fulfillment and regret — a field guide
- Tracing the arc of her life, Emily Wortman-Wunder explores the intersection of nature, humanity
- An unusual setting for romance: A petroleum tank farm, an inspection of irregularities, a drug lord and his henchman
- In her debut novel, the hydrogeologist author stuck to the adage: Write what you know
- Beautiful, self-confident and hot tempered, “Queen” Ann Bassett stood up to Colorado’s powerful ranchers
- A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundup
- The escape of an Egyptian princess provides the underpinnings of a trademark Cussler novel
- In typical Cussler fashion, “Celtic Empire” begins with a historical premise — and then takes off
- An eager new investigator proves indispensable in a novel about a Colorado cold-case murder
- The violent death of a childhood friend steered a Colorado author’s writing toward crime — and justice
- Remember hitting rock bottom in high school — and then facing friends in the cafeteria?
- Sandhya Menon was searching for a place to put a plus-size, body-positive character
- Author John Nizalowski follows the footsteps of one of his favorite authors in tales of the Southwest
- Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places