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
- “Spurred West” examines the myth of the Wild West, starting with its icon, Buffalo Bill Cody
- Ian Neligh rode his childhood fascination with heroes and artifacts of the Old West to a year-long project
- In “The Secrets of Lost Stones,” a cryptic note presents troubled teen with a choice
- Colorado author Melissa Payne drew on her work experience to create a lost teen named Star
- Kin or hostage? In “Wanted,” a chase across the American West, a woman realizes she’s both
- For author Paula L. Silici, the trials of a family move made her wonder: What would Jessie Driscoll do?
- Tracking the story of Colorado’s Cheley camps, where generations of kids have learned to love the mountains
- Longtime Colorado author dug deep, and found treasures in iconic Cheley camps’ past
- In “Fake,” a high-school outsider describes her online metamorphosis
- Identifying with her protagonist, Donna Cooner explored a teen’s struggle with body image
- Can you tell a story in six words? Enter your mystery in this test of wordsmithing and imagination
- Scenes from the past and present, linked by shadows and light, death and violence
- Colorado co-authors wrote parallel storylines in “Light in the Shadows” — reflecting their individual interests
- Sorcery and swordcraft collide in Cate Glass’ fantasy novel, “An Illusion of Thieves”
- A Colorado author asked: What if “Mission Impossible” took place during the Renaissance?
- An Iraqi family takes refuge in Colorado; a Libyan family feels a rising threat
- Coloradan Connie Shoemaker had stories to tell after years of international travel and work with immigrants
- In the novel “The Cryptid Catcher,” the main character wonders if he’ll find evil
- How a Charlie Sheen news story ushered a Colorado author into the world of cryptids and adventure
- A rite of initiation provides a violent — but welcome — admission to an eternal bond