The landslide of entries that inundated the Colorado Center for the Book for the 26th annual Colorado Book Awards competition have been pared down to three or four finalists in each of fourteen categories for 2017; the winners won’t be announced until May. What to do until then? Get familiar with all the authors and entries when BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, hosts a series of readings, beginning with genre gold: Finalists in the Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller categories will kick off the series at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14. Readings continue on April 21, 23 and 28 and May 4 and 12; winners will be announced at 4 p.m. May 21 at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue in Parker. For more information and award-ceremony tickets, visit coloradohumanities.org.