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SunLit Excerpt: A body at the mine, a politicking sheriff set the stage for mountain mystery

In "The Last Hurrah," dual authors introduce Phoebe Korneal, a mountain-town detective set to uncover what lies behind an unexplained death

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SunLit Interview: How two friends turned a fundraiser into their first mystery novel

Judilee Butler and Jean "GaGa" Gabardi had never tried fiction until they collaborated on short stories for charity. That experience led the to "The Last Hurrah."

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SunLit Interview: A character from his mother’s childhood piqued Peter Meech’s interest in Billy the Kid

A retired Pueblo dentist claimed to have been an outlaw. Meech ran with the storyline to write his first novel, "Billy (the Kid)."

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SunLit Excerpt: “Billy (the Kid)” reimagines the legendary gunslinger — or does it?

Author Peter Meech's first novel offers a riddle: Is Billy a fictional rendition of the famous outlaw in his later years? Or is he someone else entirely?

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SunLit Interview: In “Slow Arrow,” Kathryn Winograd wove threads of her mother’s voice

The author wrote the essay "Skyglow," one of the last in her collection, after her mother moved to Colorado and they developed a "companionable routine"

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Skyglow,” a look to the heavens for beauty and meaning

Author Kathryn Winograd's selection from her book of essays, “Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children,” melds the mysteries of the night sky with the search for truth

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SunLit Interview: A mystery on the family ranch led author David M. Jessup to a trilogy

Oral history provided the basis for "Mariano's Woman." Then the author began crafting the fictional account that explores human motivation.

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Mariano’s Woman,” a mother seeks her dead daughter’s spirit-being

Author David M. Jessup introduces a native woman whose quest to reconnect with her child winds through cultural clashes and enduring spiritual questions

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SunLit Interview: Author Bill Sonn found a “starter drug” in library archives

The writer of the nonfiction "Something Like Treason" came across a trove of documents on an Army unit for misfits that led to his obsession with their story

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SunLit Special: “Something Like Treason” tells a bizarre Colorado-based story of WWII

Author William Sonn examined the true tale of some would-be traitors in a misfit Army unit based near the vaunted Camp Hale in the Colorado mountains

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SunLit Special: “Cockeyed Happy” reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming chapters

Author Darla Worden, a longtime Ernest Hemingway fan, delves into the author's trips to her home state and his relationship with second wife Pauline Pfeiffer

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SunLit Interview: How a $1 volume of Hemingway’s letters launched Darla Worden’s quest

Like Hemingway, the author traveled the world to pursue her writing. But she found inspiration in the time he spent in her home state of Wyoming.

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SunLit Interview: In “Site Fidelity,” Claire Boyles examines the power of place

The author explains how the book's title ties the short stories together, and why it's a "metaphor for life during the climate catastrophe"

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SunLit Special: Claire Boyles’ “Site Fidelity” delves into the trials of rural life

This excerpt from author's collection of short stories offers a window onto the lives of one couple trying to regain economic footing after the Great Recession

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SunLit Interview: A pioneering woman in TV news, author Sue Hinkin drew on the experience

In "The Burn Patient," she leaned on her early career to create a series based on a female crime-solving duo

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SunLit Excerpt: “The Burn Patient” sends a young teen on an audition that feels all wrong

This selection from Sue Hinkin's Colorado Book Award-winning thriller tracks the girl's path to a dance tryout -- in a studio at the epicenter of L.A.'s porn industry

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SunLit Interview: How and why co-authors came together to address caregiving

Loretta Gilbert and Nancy Walker combined their individual backgrounds with one common denominator -- Nancy's mother -- to write "Caregiving Done Differently"

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SunLit Excerpt: A resource for navigating difficult family conversations about aging

In this excerpt from "Caregiving Done Differently," the authors explain strategies for approaching seniors about possible changes to facilitate their care

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