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
- Up and down Colorado, the author saw the history of sheepherding written in the trees
- Sheepherders’ history reveals itself in texts carved into aspens over generations
- Suddenly awake and alone, a woman works toward survival and understanding — on Mars
- At the intersection of mystery and science fiction, a collaboration is born
- Take Sherlock Holmes and the steampunk genre, then give it a twist
- A body, a pistol, a will, a dog — and a suggestion of zombies — tell a tale of death in polite company
- How one intense image blossomed into a young adult work of mystery and romance
- Autumn chill, a logical girl, a strange boy and the beating of black wings set scene for young adult novel
- The future, fame, a clown mother, world records involving yogurt — this is flash fiction
- Obsession with the circus ignited this work of flash fiction that examines the freak show we inhabit
- How an iconic Hitchcock film inspired a young adult novel about reality in the internet age
- Harmless fun at a sleepover leads to life-altering consequences via the internet
- None of his 25 novels made it into print. Fellow writers so respected him that they became his publisher.
- A hit-and-run, a dim bar, a drink and a decision sketch the inner landscape of one man’s world
- True crime planted the seed for Colorado author Carter Wilson’s psychological thriller
- Paranoia, a dark past and a face on a dating app add new twists to a tale inspired by a real-life crime
- How Zooey Deschanel and a 90-year-old grandmother inspired a musical passion — and a murder mystery
- Touring a women’s camp, journalist Viva encounters the bald and mysterious Marisol
- Melding fantasy with Greek mythology proved challenging — but also a lot of fun
- Pointed toward the underworld and told to use his instincts, freshly tattooed Ty begins his adventure