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
- Fifty books to understand the West
- Exclusive excerpt from “Going to Trinidad”: A patient arrives at a gender-confirmation crossroads
- SunLit Interview: For Martin J. Smith, “Going to Trinidad” launched a challenging odyssey
- In this excerpt from “No Man’s Son,” the author recounts her husband’s final day
- SunLit Interview: Bravery set Michael Chowdry apart, says his wife and biographer
- The SunLit Interview: Debbi MacLeod’s unsung Colorado library helps bring books to the print-disabled
- The SunLit interview: Coronavirus pushed BookBar founder Nicole Sullivan to reimagine her business
- The SunLit interview: Clara Villarosa’s Hue-Man Experience finds unexpected new life
- The SunLit interview: A conversation with “Wimpy Kid” creator Jeff Kinney
- Half of the duo known as Linda Keir explains how two authors forged an “almost flawless working relationship”
- “The Three Mrs. Wrights” explores how protagonists fell victim to an emotional grifter
- “Runes for Writers”: How solving writer’s block is kind of like recalling where you left your keys
- In runes, author Marc Graham found a method for solving problems like writer’s block
- In “Beware the Eyes of Mars” an android starts to fall for a human under its surveillance
- Author Jodi Bowersox launched her sci-fit series as an extension of a previous character’s writing
- A selection of poems from Art Elser’s collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”
- Poet Art Elser looked back at life-changing events to fill his collection “It Seemed Innocent Enough”
- In “Scholars of Mayhem,” a real-life WWII secret agent’s exploits remained hidden for years in a tin box
- Daniel Guiet pieced together his father’s clandestine life slowly, from a discovery at age 5
- In “Feeling Left Behind,” the widowed author recounts the persistent trauma of a mundane errand