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
- SunLit Special: “The Holly” tells the story of Terrance Roberts, his Denver neighborhood and much more
- SunLit interview: “The Holly” author Julian Rubinstein reflects on the story and its challenges
- In “Lean and Strong,” the author guides readers toward effective motivation for diet and exercise
- SunLit interview: Josh Hillis introduced psychology into a plan for healthy eating “in real life”
- In “Yanks Behind the Lines,” the author sheds light on a little-known WWI humanitarian effort
- SunLit interview: An inheritance of diaries and journals spurred a years-long pursuit of history
- “White Trash Warlock” introduces a young man versed in the supernatural, on a mission
- SunLit interview: Author wrote “the kind of book I always wanted to read but could never find”
- In “Other People’s Pets,” an animal empath battles her bizarre upbringing
- SunLit interview: As an animal lover traumatized by burglars, R.L. Maizes knew she had the makings of a novel
- In an excerpt from “Once Again,” a mother suddenly finds herself reliving the loss of her daughter
- SunLit interview: A nightmare and quantum physics set Catherine Wallace Hope on a novel course
- In this excerpt from “Creatures of Charm and Hunger,” astral projection yields heartbreaking results
- SunLit interview: Molly Tanzer melded World War II with the supernatural to continue a tradition of “secret histories”
- SunLit interview: How a family estate battle turned Collin Brantmeyer into a novelist
- In “Death of a Car Salesman,” a daughter discovers her semi-famous father’s death could be a homicide
- “Bridging Worlds” tells of Pemba Sherpa’s journey from Everest to Boulder, and back
- SunLit interview: Pemba Sherpa had a story to tell but little time to write it. Enter James McVey.
- SunLit interview: Cary Unkelbach’s beloved dog Max spurred her curiosity about his breeder’s bizarre life
- “Heartbreak Kennel” tells a grim tale of abuse, but also the complex story of a breeder who fooled everyone