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
- 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.
- Two women, haunted by tragedy, contend with nightmare voices from the past in a Colorado author’s book
- How a traditional folk tune and five rewrites of a manuscript turned into a Colorado author’s “The Blood of Seven”
- A Colorado author’s book introduces us to a gritty, reluctant superhero whose powers stretch the imagination
- A Colorado man born to write. A nonstop imagination. A prolific, if underappreciated, body of work.
- An El Salvadoran refugee family sparks a Colorado author to reflect on the impact of childhood memories
- A curiosity about Indigenous rights led a Colorado author to research migration. But a book wasn’t in her plans.
- Colorado author’s plans to write a travel memoir took a tragic turn, sent her on a different journey
- An unexpected moment in baggage claim sent the Colorado author on her most difficult journey
- A Cherokee girl grows closer to her brother and a secret admirer in the aftermath of abduction
- Denied Cherokee citizenship, Colorado author Courtney Miller still yearned to preserve tribal culture in his writing
- When an Ivy League chemistry professor agreed to move West, the mining industry changed forever
- How organizing an archive ignited a fascination that became a Colorado author’s historical novel
- The story of a dismal chapter in U.S. history didn’t end with internment camps
- The internment camp story has been told — but these Colorado authors examined what happened after
- A love triangle, a randy robot and a kid trying to get her parents back together create a unique genre: the sci-fi rom-com
- Jodi Bowersox chose an interesting partner for collaboration: a character from one of her earlier books