Twenty Great Gift Books From Colorado Authors 2019

’Tis the season for giving — and reading — Colorado-style.
’Tis the season for giving — and reading — Colorado-style. Book Catalog at Flickr
Finding that perfect gift for the readers on your list isn’t as easy as it might seem. They love books, you get them books. But which books?

Why not books from local authors? In both the spirit of the season and the spirit of local commerce, you can support Colorado writers just as you support local bookstores. With that in mind, we reread our Colorado book news over the past year to stock this list with a wide range of volumes that make excellent candidates for gift-giving — or even for your own Colorado-specific shelves.

Whatever the occasion, whatever the book lover, there’s something for everyone here, just waiting to be wrapped, unwrapped and loved.

click to enlarge CONUNDRUM PRESS
Conundrum Press
Chris Ransick, mummer prisoner scavenger thief
The late and much-missed former Denver poet laureate (2006-2010) gave us his final collection of poetry in 2019: mummer prisoner scavenger thief. Raise a glass to his memory, and read these final poems from one of Denver’s masters of the written word.

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Vanishing Point Press
LS Hawker, The Throwaways
Award-winning Littleton author LS Hawker’s explosive crime thriller, The Throwaways, involves mysterious deaths, a murderous drug cartel and the framing of an innocent man. It’s “a twisty, emotionally rich drama,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

Mark Mayer, Aerialists
We interviewed Mark Mayer earlier this year about Aerialists, his debut collection of stories featuring the archetypes of classic circus characters, from the lion tamer to the strongman to the clowns. Mayer used to work at the Boulder Book Store, where he launched his book earlier this year to critical praise.

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Clash Books
Brandi Homan, Burn Fortune
If you've ever de-tasseled corn — or if you even know what that means — then you owe it to yourself to check out Brandi Homan’s Midwest-in-the-1990s novel-in-fragments, Burn Fortune, full of gut-punch lines, believable drama and a fresh take on both form and story.

Keele Burgin, Wholly Unraveled
Boulder author Keele Burgin’s memoir, Wholly Unraveled, is the raw, intimate story of abuse and survival. In this era of #MeToo, it’s exactly the sort of message readers might need: Your voice matters.

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Triumph Books
Drew Goodman, If These Walls Could Talk
Fans already know that announcer Drew Goodman lives and breathes Rockies baseball; If These Walls Could Talk offers insight into the Rockies’ inner sanctum from a guy who’s been there — and loved every moment of it.

Atlantic Monthly Press
Senator Michael Bennet, The Land of Flickering Lights
Senator Michael Bennet, currently a presidential candidate, is a busy guy — but he had enough time this past year to come out with a book, The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Era of Broken Politics. Bennet lifts the veil on the inner workings of Congress to reveal, as he puts it, “the pathological culture of the Capitol and the consequences for us all.”

click to enlarge RUNING METER PRESS
Runing Meter Press
Gary Reilly, The Legend of Carl Draco
The late Denver writer Gary Reilly left us too soon, but he also left a stack of finished but unpublished books for a grateful readership. Legend of Carl Draco is his latest, a mystery that local author Mario Acevedo calls “a twisted, kinetic escapade through darkness and danger.”

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
Contact: Teague Bohlen