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
- Torrential storm, vibrations of holy energy arise from forbidden objects and places
- Author John Nizalowski follows the footsteps of one of his favorite authors in tales of the Southwest
- Introducing a girl named June in a fragmented novel about rising above one’s circumstances
- How a poet who always wanted to write about corn detasseling became a novelist
- How a rejected short story propelled Lauren Connolly to self-publish a novel — and embrace the romance genre
- A contemporary romance with whispers of the supernatural unfolds from dual points of view
- A psychic friend, a flirty phone salesman and a steady boyfriend: Where does love lie?
- Colorado author Jennifer Wortman compiled her short story collection around themes of love
- Mattie Cobb and her K-9 Robo search for a possible victim — but their find hints at two kinds of predator
- A Colorado author’s novel is full of mystery, but also a narrative that explores all types of love
- A tricky deception and a sibling rivalry collide in a North Fork valley romance
- How fly-fishing lessons and movie soundtracks figured into a Colorado author’s “Stolen Heart”
- A trail of death in the searing desert heat leads to a thriller with resonance in pandemic times
- How a Colorado sci-fi and horror author found his way into the thriller genre with “The Extinction Agenda”
- A death, a funeral and a pregnancy propel a narrative told from three points of view
- A co-worker’s death, coincidence and imperfect societal safety nets converged to inspire a novel
- Strangers on a plane: A man, a woman and a mutually intense feeling that they’ve met before
- Memory figures into most of Carter Wilson’s novels. This one tackles it head on.
- Fickle Midwest weather provides the backdrop for a Colorado author’s collection of interconnected short stories
- A Colorado author set out to paint a picture of the Midwest. He used the ritual surrounding tornadoes as his brush.