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
- An American aid worker in WWI Belgium struggles to maintain neutrality as German deportations devastate town
- An inheritance of diaries and documents led to a 10-year journey that produced “WWI Crusaders”
- Amid tipsy Santas and smartphones, author saw need for urgent message on dealing with disaster
- In “Tales from an Uncertain World” excerpt, author explores the boundaries of understanding
- A sibling adventure to a forbidden place — and the disconcerting aftermath of a disorienting storm
- Fascination with legends, curses and ghost stories — and the truth behind them — inspired “The Past Is Never”
- How the 2003 Iraq war led a Colorado author to write a novel about the War of 1812
- In wartime, a boy and a redcoat converge in an abandoned house and form an awkward alliance
- Here are eight great books by Colorado authors for your summer reading list
- After growing up in proximity to military contamination, author felt moved to examine how lands were converted to wildlife refuge
- On militarized landscapes in Colorado and beyond, can we successfully preserve both history and environment?
- A dog-rescuer working with breeders? Take a peek into the gray area of rescue work
- Even in a cruel business, a Colorado author found dog breeders sometimes cry as they give up their stock
- Inspired by the real-life Soviet female fliers of WWII, a Colorado author rose to great heights in researching her novel
- Excerpt: Fascinated by flight as a child, a young Soviet girl feels the calling that will take her to war in the skies
- Excerpt: A dog’s diagnosis leads to the savoring of mornings and appreciation for every detail
- Colorado author Karen Auvinen was often asked why she chose to live alone in the mountains. She wrote the answer.
- After his sister’s death, Adam Cayton-Holland found writing helped him with the “chaotic jumble” of life
- That time a Colorado comic took a Hollywood meeting armed with indifference
- A Colorado author sought to add context to the Gold King Mine disaster. What he found was unexpected.