Colorado Book Award winners include Westword alum Harrison Fletcher

Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book have announced the winners of the 22nd annual Colorado Book Awards from 170 entries, and "the level of talent in Colorado is astonishing," says Christine Goff, Colorado Book Awards coordinator.

The talent includes former Westword staff writer Harrison Candelarie Fletcher, whose book Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life won the award for best creative non-fiction.

See also: - Prolific novelist's debut published a year after death - John Hickenlooper proves truth is stranger than fiction at Colorado Book Awards - Best New Book 2013: The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi

But there are several other familiar names and faces on the list. Kristen Iversen's Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats took the prize for general non-fiction; she spoke with Patricia Calhoun about the surprise success of that book just two weeks ago.

Gary Reilly, a local taxi driver who had written twenty novels -- none of the published -- before he died in 2011, was a nominee in fiction; Alan Prendergast has covered his posthumous success. The winner in that category, East of Denver, by Gregory Hill, was an Internet sensation that we've written about numerous times on Show and Tell -- and we're sure we'll be writing about Hill again.

Here are all the winners of the Colorado Book Awards:

Anthology Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma , edited by Carolyn Lunsford Mears (Palgrave Macmillian)

Biography Letters from Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship, by Kerstin Lieff and Margarete Dos (Lyons Press)

Children's Literature Time Out for Monsters! , by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Disney Hyperion)

Creative Nonfiction Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life, by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher (University of Nebraska Press)

Crime/Mystery KOP Killer, by Warren Hammond (TOR Books)

General Nonfiction Full Body Burden , by Kristen Iversen (Crown Publishing Group)

Genre Fiction The View from Here ,by Cindy Myers (Kensington Books)

History The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea , by Walter R. Borneman (Little, Brown and Company)

Juvenile Literature Katerina's Wish , by Jeannie Mobley (Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction East of Denver, by Gregory Hill (Penguin Group USA - Dutton)

Pictorial Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mental Illness, edited by Michael Hanna and Tami Leino Hanna (Adams Place)

Poetry Second Nature , by Jack Collom (Instance Press)

Young Adult Literature Kissing Shakespeare, by Pamela Mingle (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Colorado Book Award winners include Westword alum Harrison Fletcher


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