Inaugural Colorado Book Festival Debuts Sept. 10

DENVER, COLO. – The inaugural Colorado Book Festival – the book-lover’s equivalent of a spectacular four-ring circus featuring more than 75 Colorado authors – will be held Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Conference Center at the main Denver Public Library.

Among the featured authors are New York Times best-sellers Margaret Coel and Stephen Singular; famed landscape photographer and nature writer John Fielder; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Elizabeth Fenn; current Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison and former laureate Davis Mason; former Denver Broncos vice president Jim Saccomano; and former Denver Post columnist Dick Kreck.

And, at 10:15 a.m. Governor John Hickenlooper, the state’s author-in-chief, will kick off the proceedings. His book, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics, was released in May.

The Colorado Book Festival is a joint presentation of the Colorado Authors’ League, which is celebrating its 85th year in 2016, and the Denver Public Library’s Western History Department. The event is free and open to the public.

The day will include six panels of authors discussing their books in the areas of mysteries, sports, poetry, relationships, cooking and history; a panel on getting published; and special presentations by Coel, Singular, Fielder, Fenn and Kreck.

And 10 Colorado authors of children’s and young adult books will each have a 30-minute story time.

More than 60 Colorado authors will meet and talk with readers, and be available to sell and sign their books. Special prize drawings will be held throughout the day. For a complete list of participating authors, visit the Colorado Book Festival section of, the Colorado Authors’ League Web site.

The Colorado Book Festival is sponsored by Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association, Outskirts Press. ANB Bank, Fulcrum Publishing, 9News, Morgan James Publishing, Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book, The Denver Post, and Rocky Mountain PBS.