2012 Colorado Book Awards

Posted on June 24, 2012

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Doerr-Hosier Center – photo courtesy of The Aspen Institute

Let me end the suspense right away. The winner of the 2012 Colorado Book Award in the Juvenile Fiction category is – City of Orphans by Avi.

Even though Letters to Juniper didn’t win, the folks at Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book went out their way to make all the finalists feel like winners. The awards event was held on Friday, June 22, at the Doerr-Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows. A few hundred people gathered for an afternoon of celebrating books in a gorgeous mountain setting. What a party! A fabulous time was had by all.

2012 Colorado Book Awards winners and finalists

My editor/publisher Natalie Collins (Sisterhood Publications) arrived in Aspen Wednesday night. We have known each other for twelve years but this was the first time we met face-to-face. We managed to combine planning sessions with plenty of partying. Natalie and I were honored to win a seat at the table at such a prestigious awards event. We felt so fortunate to be able to share in this achievement.

Peggy Tibbetts and her publisher Natalie Collins enjoy the celebration

I met several authors for the first time, re-connected with a few I had lost touch with, and have a whole new list of books to read. What could be better than that?

Congratulations to all the Winners of the 2012 Colorado Book Awards!

Anthology/Collections:  Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument, edited by Laurena Mayne Davis, The Daily Sentinel

Biography:  The Man Who Never Died by William Adler, Bloomsbury

Children’s Literature:  Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy, Disney Hyperion

Creative Nonfiction:  Dances in Two Worlds: A Writer-Artist’s Backstory by Thordis Simonsen, The Fundamental Note

General Nonfiction:  Math for Life by Jeffrey Bennett, Roberts and Company

Genre Fiction:  The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg, Penguin Group USA

History:  From Jars to the Stars by Todd Neff, Earthview Media

Literary Fiction:  The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam

Pictorial:  Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist by Daniel Joseph Watkins, People’s Press

Poetry:  Circle’s Apprentice by Dan Beachy-Quick, Tupelo Press

Young Adult Literature:  Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1 – Rocky Mountain Beginnings by Carol Sue Shride, My Piece of the Puzzle

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