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Tracking the Colorado River explains why it never quite makes it to the Sea of Cortez

In "Where the Water Goes," the author takes us on a tour from the river's headwaters to where it ends, in a sandy desert well short of its destination

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Colorado River provided the perfect narrative for a key environmental exploration

"Where the Water Goes" author David Owen never quite found the log cabin in the Rockies he imagined, but his book brought him west to tackle the almost overwhelming issue of water

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A dying boy triggers competing instincts of honor and morality amid conflict in a fantasy world

In author Laura Reeve's "Souls for the Phrenii," protagonist Draius answers one moral conundrum while creating another for her comrade

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Evolution of a matriarchal “horse-tribe” provided inspiration for author’s fantasy world

Even within a world she created, Laura Reeve confronted challenges to honest portrayal of love -- and mapping out mileage

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Excerpt: How museum collectors exploited Zuni poverty and damaged a civilization

In "Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits," author Chip Colwell explores the historical lust for artifacts and the fight to reclaim Native American culture

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Sacred objects, human remains and culture clash sparked a Colorado author’s desire to tell a tragic story

Denver museum curator Chip Colwell examined the tension between tribal communities and museums that continues to this day

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SunLit 2018: Colorado authors took us on wide-ranging tours of the human condition

Their book excerpts introduced us to fascinating characters. Their interviews shed light on their craft. If you missed anything, here’s your chance to catch up.

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Trials of war, horror of crime collide in metro Denver murder mystery

In "Dead Stop," a veteran-turned-railroad cop and her K-9 partner battle ghosts of the past in search for missing girl

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“What will drive someone to murder?” The bottom-line question that powers Barbara Nickless narratives

The author imagines several possibilities for the villain, but always tries to "play fair" with the reader