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 Interview: A pioneering woman in TV news, author Sue Hinkin drew on the experience
- SunLit Excerpt: “The Burn Patient” sends a young teen on an audition that feels all wrong
- SunLit Interview: How and why co-authors came together to address caregiving
- SunLit Excerpt: A resource for navigating difficult family conversations about aging
- SunLit Excerpt: “Memories in the Drift” charts a woman’s struggle to reconcile her past
- SunLit Interview: An isolated Alaska town and a memory condition sparked a novel
- SunLit Interview: Curious about a peak’s name change, Jeri Norgren set out on a 3-year quest
- SunLit Excerpt: “Colorado’s Highest” charts exploration and naming of state’s 14ers
- SunLit Excerpt: “Edge of the Map,” recounts the true story of climbers lost in China
- SunLit Interview: Johanna Garton stepped up to complete a project begun by her mother
- SunLit Interview: For M.E. Browning, 22 years as a cop paved the way to this “police procedural”
- SunLit Excerpt: In “Shadow Ridge,” a detective, a crime scene and a curious visitor collide
- SunLit Interview: Todd Fahnestock explains how his simple intentions turned totally complex
- SunLit Excerpt: In “Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy,” a teen faces failure
- SunLit Interview: Rebecca Taylor dug deep within to find disparate characters
- Sunlit Excerpt: “Her Perfect Life” frames sibling rivalry in the starkest terms
- SunLit Interview: Nancy McKinley sought a way to shine light on dark times — with humor
- Sunlit Excerpt: From “St. Christopher on Pluto,” a hardscrabble holiday tale
- SunLit Interview: Andrew Altschul’s spark for “The Gringa” grew from his years in Peru
- Sunlit Excerpt: Is “The Gringa” an international terrorist, or simply a dupe?