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
- When an Ivy League chemistry professor agreed to move West, the mining industry changed forever
- How organizing an archive ignited a fascination that became a Colorado author’s historical novel
- The story of a dismal chapter in U.S. history didn’t end with internment camps
- The internment camp story has been told — but these Colorado authors examined what happened after
- A love triangle, a randy robot and a kid trying to get her parents back together create a unique genre: the sci-fi rom-com
- Jodi Bowersox chose an interesting partner for collaboration: a character from one of her earlier books
- A murder and time travel set the stage for “Charlie Fiction,” a ghost with revenge on her agenda
- Here’s how “The Martian” — and a chat with a super-agent — propelled a Colorado author to craft his novel
- A Colorado-born tale of the zombie apocalypse details a feast of the undead — with a side of ethics
- With only 130 words, a Colorado poet constructs a metaphor — and a lesson — for human longing
- This Colorado poet found inspiration in everything around her — even cactus spines — to assemble “Naked for Tea”
- A Florida swamp guide gets launched on a mystery by discovery of a hat — and a very unusual pair of shoes
- Could two authors in scientific fields make the switch to writing fiction? And could they do it together?
- How women took to the skies to become little-known heroes of the U.S. effort in World War II
- Earning the trust of a heroic woman World War II pilot proved challenging for a Colorado author
- These award-winning Colorado authors offer their picks to kickstart your 2020 reading list
- A summer hire to manage a drilling operation finds his job complicated by intrigue, murder — and interns
- Pondering the what-ifs during his drilling career led a Colorado author to let them play out in his novel
- From a vantage point far in the future, Colorado author’s “A Once-Dead Genius” examines the human condition
- Interest in paleontology, evolution prompted Colorado author to take the (very) long view of humanity