Fast on the heels of the announcement on Wednesday of this year's National Book Award nominations (my favorite, for the record, is Peter Hessler, for his scrupulous and fascinatingOracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
) comes our own homegrown author f�te: the Colorado Book Awards, to be presented October 18 during a whoop-de-doo at the Denver Performing Arts Complex's Seawell Ballroom. One can only suppose that there are favorites: J.R. Moehringer'sThe Tender Bar
, Nick Arvin's
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and anything by past popular fiction winner Margaret Coel or YA queen Julie Anne Peters, to name a few. But more than anything, the awards are a welcome opportunity to kick up our heels about what's good in Colorado: namely, the writing.
Along with special guest Mayor John "Bookworm" Hickenlooper, host Nick Forster of E-Town will be on hand to emcee the proceedings, which also take an underground dip by offering indescribably delicious entertainment by Westword Best of Denver-winning Devotchka frontman Nick Urata. And, of course, you know that a veritable zoo of authors will be in attendance, as well.
Join the literati at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and silent auction, followed by the awards program at 7 p.m. Admission, which benefits the hosting Colorado Center for the Book, is $65 in advance or $75 at the door. Call 303-894-7951, ext. 10, or visit www.coloradocenterforthebook.org. -- Susan Froyd