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SunLit Interview: “Denver Noir” editor Cynthia Swanson weighs in on the project and the importance of place

Cynthia Swanson writes literary suspense, often using historical settings. Her debut novel, “The Bookseller,” was a New York Times bestseller, and her second novel, “The Glass Forest,” was noted in Forbes as one of “Five Novels with a Remarkably Strong Sense of Place.” She lives with her family in Denver. Find her at Swanson’s […]

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SunLit Excerpt: “Pieces of Everyone, Everywhere” digs deep, but carefully, into Denver history

Excerpted from “Pieces of Everyone, Everywhere” by Cynthia Swanson, copyright 2022 by Cynthia Swanson, included in the anthology “Denver Noir ” edited by Cynthia Swanson. Used with permission of the author and Akashic Books ( “Denver Noir” is available May 3. Cheesman Park Digging graves is straightforward labor, involving little more than brute strength and a sufficiently […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Councilman Chris Hinds: To move Denver’s Cheesman Park away from its elitist roots, let’s keep it free of cars

The Colorado Sun on March 18 shared an op-ed about how we should re-open Cheesman Park to cars.  Per the opinion essay, closing it to cars permanently would perpetuate the “smell of elitism” hanging around Cheesman Park.   While the Denver Department of Parks & Recreation is returning cars to most parks that were car-free during […]

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Opinion: When the COVID-19 pandemic ends, Denver’s Cheesman Park should be re-opened to cars

Cheesman Park is in danger of becoming an elitist haven. What started as part of the city’s response to the pandemic has instead turned one of its storied regional parks into an amenity for the mostly white, middle- and upper-middle-class residents living in the adjacent neighborhoods. It’s a textbook example of how well-intentioned public policy […]

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Is Denver’s contemporary architecture killing us?

In the not too distant future, a Colorado architect believes, someone will enter a novel, contemporary building designed with odd angles and sharp points, one of those places created to be “exciting” and “unusual,” and have a heart attack. And, this architect contends, as neuroscience advances and our understanding of neuroaesthetics deepens, the courts of […]