The Colorado Authors League Announces the Winners of its Prestigious CAL Awards
The Colorado Authors League (CAL) – the community of published writers that has been supporting its members and adding value to the reading world for 90 years – announced the 2022 winners of its prestigious annual CAL Awards at Washington Park in Denver on June 19th.
“We are thrilled to be able to hold an in-person event this year to showcase and present our winners,” said CAL President, Jodi Bowersox.
This year long-time CAL member and previous President Bruce Most was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Here are all the winners
Bob Seay, Dad
Dad is a powerfully touching story of reconnection between a struggling son and aging father.
Jeanette Minniti, The Only Way Home
Set during the Great Depression, The Only Way Home follows a boy fighting to save his family.
L.R. Braden, Demon Riding Shotgun
This standalone urban fantasy novel from Magicsmith series author L.R. Braden blends a gripping detective narrative with magic and lore.
Iona Morrison, Searching For Closure
Searching For Closure mixes a compelling mystery with a great romance between interesting characters.
Todd Fahnestock, Khyven the Unkillable
Kicking off the Legacy of Shadows series, this hero’s quest set’s a high bar for the following installments.
Jodi Bowersox, Red Rabbit On The Run
Red Rabbit is the latest novel in Bowersox’ fast-paced romantic thriller series.
Cynthia Kuhn, How to Book a Murder
Perfect for lovers of books about book lovers, this cozy story follows a crime writer who becomes entangled in a mystery of her own.
Sue Hinkin, The Mermaid Broker
Hinkin’s “best thriller yet” examines a dark topic in a gripping way.
Nonfiction Biography Memoir
Todd Fahnestock, Ordinary Magic
Fahnestock’s second win this year details his own adventure: trekking through the Rocky Mountains with his teenage son during the first summer of the pandemic.
Matt Bille, Of Books and Beasts
Essential reading for cryptozoology enthusiasts, Bille has created a well-researched resource in Of Books and Beasts.
Joan Jacobson, Colorado Phantasmagorias
Jacobson’s handy book is “a mashup of biography, fantasy, and travel guide”.
Joseph Hutchison, Under Sleep’s New Moon
This collection is composed of “rescued” fragments from Colorado’s former Poet Laureate.
Jerry Fabyanic, Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a series of essays on mind and spirit that probe the human condition.
Kendra Merritt, A Matter of Blood
From Merritt’s Mark of the Least series, this story breathes new life into the Red Riding Hood tale.
Linda L. Osmundson, Bonnie In-Between
Bonnie In-Between is a great story for children navigating new family dynamics.
Children’s Picture Book
Dolly Viscardi, All Around Dogs
Dolly Viscardi’s wacky rhymes work wonderfully with Steve Mark’s hilarious illustrations.
Book Cover Design: Adult
Terry Dugan, designer, Defined by Fire
Dugan captures the lessons laid out by author John Rabins with an image of a tree flourishing out of a raging wildfire.
Book Cover Design: Juvenile
Anna-Maria Crum, designer, “E” is for Eucharist
Crum uses beautiful handmade-like textures for this striking book cover.
Petra Perkins , “Ms. Suzy & Mom: Correspondence from the Trenches”
This collection is a “compelling and thought provoking” piece on an amazing mother-daughter bond.
Carol Ann Wilson, “Fireworks in Hong Kong”
Wilson reflects on the past twenty-three years in Hong Kong since attending its last New Year celebration under British rule.
Valerie Szarek, “Indigenous”
Szarek is a lyrical poet and “Indigenous” is a piece from her most recent book, Soar Ready.
Kayann Short, “In the Land of Sky Blue Weather: The Mystery of the Blue Bird Club Photo Album”
Short’s article, published in The Colorado Magazine, dives into a forgotten photo album from Colorado’s landscapes in the early twentieth century.
Joey Porcelli, “Parachute Drop”
“Parachute Drop” is a bittersweet story of a young girl’s “best day ever”.
Book displays from the event were donated to the Literacy Coalition for Colorado. To learn about how you can help or donate, visit https://literacycolorado.org.
The Colorado Authors league congratulates all the winners and the following 2022 CAL Awards Finalists:
|Claire L. Fishback|
|Claudia Cangilla McAdam|
|Joan Elyse Mickle|
|John E. Stith|
|Penny Rafferty Hamilton|
|R. Gary Raham|
|Robert G. Williscroft|
|Sheri Cobb South|
Wendy L. Anderson