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SunLit Excerpt: “Colorado’s Highest” charts exploration and naming of state’s 14ers

Author Jeri L. Norgren unravels the history behind Colorado's 58 highest peaks, with the help of photographer John Fielder and painter Robert L. Wogrin

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SunLit Excerpt: “Edge of the Map,” recounts the true story of climbers lost in China

Author Johanna Garton recounts how search efforts by U.S. friends hinged on clues from the contents of the legendary Coloradans' backpacks

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Shadow Ridge,” a detective, a crime scene and a curious visitor collide

In this Jo Wyatt mystery, author M.E. Browning introduces the fraught relationship between two cops amid a death that may not be what it seems

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SunLit Excerpt: In “Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy,” a teen faces failure

This excerpt from Todd Fahnestock's sci-fi fantasy explores the tug of war between the passion and impetuosity of youth for an aspiring town guardian

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Sunlit Excerpt: “Her Perfect Life” frames sibling rivalry in the starkest terms

Author Rebecca Taylor's excerpt introduces the sister with the humdrum life and crumbling marriage, juxtaposed with the fame and fortune of the rich and famous writer

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Sunlit Excerpt: From “St. Christopher on Pluto,” a hardscrabble holiday tale

Author Nancy McKinley weaves a story of insurance fraud with the flipside of humanity at a church's Christmas gift giveaway that comes up short

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Sunlit Excerpt: Is “The Gringa” an international terrorist, or simply a dupe?

Author Andrew Altschul's writer/narrator struggles in his search for the complex truth about his ex-pat protagonist, imprisoned in Peru, in this novel inspired by the real-life story of Lori Berenson

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SunLit excerpt: “The Scholar and the Struggle” reveals the life and impact of Lawrence Reddick

Author David Varel's biography tracks the work of one of the most important Black intellectuals of the 20th century -- and links his importance to the present day

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In “Shall We Dance?” a cop’s lost bet sets the stage for dance lessons and romance

Shelley Shepard Gray introduces a dance teacher struggling to launch her new studio when a handsome potential student walks through her door with an off-putting proposition

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In an excerpt from “Once Again,” a mother suddenly finds herself reliving the loss of her daughter

Author Catherine Wallace Hope introduces a grieving woman, barely clinging to her sanity, who's jolted back in time by a phone call from the girl's school

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In this excerpt from “Creatures of Charm and Hunger,” astral projection yields heartbreaking results

After escaping the Nazis to England in the waning days of World War II, Miriam Cantor employs special powers to determine her parents' fate. Her nocturnal adventure reveals a startling truth.

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In this excerpt from “No Man’s Son,” the author recounts her husband’s final day

Michael Chowdry, a Pakastani immigrant, built a cargo airline and a life in Colorado. It all ended too soon when he and a journalist died in a crash.

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“Runes for Writers”: How solving writer’s block is kind of like recalling where you left your keys

Though it may sound "a bit woo-woo," author Marc Graham writes that understanding where stories live in our minds can help us tell them better

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In “The Body in Griffith Park,” a period-piece mystery combines interrogation with romance

While the authorities seek to unmask a killer in early 20th-century California, two of the questioners mix police work with flirtation

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In one selection from her collection “Lucid Life,” the poet offers a father’s wish for his daughter

In a second poem, Catherine R. Berra reflects on the process of growing older and wiser -- but not alone

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In this sci-fi fantasy, the imposing WindRunner arrives to call Owen to a dangerous quest

Dragons, magic and evil lie ahead as the giant stallion prepares to transport the uncertain son on a journey to find his parents, missing soldiers and an amulet

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Jared Smith evokes sunrise across America in the title piece of his poetry collection

In a few dozen lines, the poet describes the glitz and especially the grit of the nation as it awakens, from sea to shining sea

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“Immigrants, Ornaments and Legacies” recounts the 1950s rise of Christmas bulbs

Post-war America and its new-found disposable income fueled a rapidly developing market for holiday decorations, with some of the early standards brought to the U.S. by immigrants

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A Western Colorado professor’s mosquito book created so much buzz that it brought him to tears

Timothy Winegard’s book, “The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator,” hit the New York Times bestseller list in early August

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