Lafferty wins second Colorado Book Award
May 27, 2016
COLORADO BOOK AWARD WINNERS
“Stories of Music, Volume 1” edited by Holly E. Tripp (Timbre Press)
“A Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl” by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books)
“Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement” by Stephen Grace (Bangtail Press)
“Rust: The Longest War” by Jonathan Waldman (Simon & Schuster)
“The Shepherdess of Sienna: A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany” by Linda Lafferty (Lake Union Publishing)
“Colorado: A Historical Atlas” by Thomas J. Noel (University of Oklahoma Press)
“The Lightning Queen” by Laura Resau (Scholastic Press)
“How To Walk Away” by Lisa Birman (Spuyten Duyvil)
“The Reckoning Stones: A Novel of Suspense” by Laura DiSilverio (Midnight Ink)
“Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green” by John Fielder and Patrick Tierney (John Fielder Publishing)
“The Octopus Game” by Nicky Beer (Carnegie Mellon University Press)
“Clockwork Lives” by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart (ECW Press)
Short Story Collection
“Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories” by Edward Hamlin (University of Iowa Press)
“The Comfort of Black: A Novel” by Carter Wilson (Oceanview Publishing)
“Fig” by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz (Margaret K McElderry Books)
Carbondale resident and retired Aspen school teacher Linda Lafferty won the Colorado Book Award for historical fiction last weekend for the novel "The Shepherdess of Siena." It was Lafferty's second win in the category – she took home the award two years ago for "The Drowning Guard."
The awards, presented by Colorado Humanities and the Colorado Center for the Book in 16 categories, were given out in a ceremony at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center on May 21. In recent years the ceremony had been held during the Aspen Summer Words literary festival.
The novel is a fictionalized portrait of Virginia Tacci, the first woman to ride in the Palio di Siena horserace in 1581. Lafferty stumbled on Tacci's story during a trip to Tuscany, Lafferty told the Times last year.
"She is truly the heroine of Siena, I found, and I thought, 'Wow, there is a novel,'" she recalled.
A retired Aspen High School and Aspen Middle School teacher, Lafferty has published four novels since her 2012 debut, "The Bloodletter's Daughter." All have been thrillers based on historical figures.