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‘High Road to Aspen’ wins Colorado Book Award

Andrew Travers
The Aspen Times
Paul Andersen's "High Road to Aspen."

2015 Colorado Book Award Winners


“Outdoors in the Southwest” by Andrew Gulliford, editor (University of Oklahoma Press)

Children’s Literature

“Mama Built a Little Nest” by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Creative Nonfiction

“Both Sides Now; A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living” by Nancy Sharp (Books & Books Press)

General Nonfiction

“Eating Dangerously” by Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown (Rowman & Littlefield)

Historical Fiction

“Song of the Jayhawk” by Jack Marshall Maness (Wooden Stake Press)


“Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People” by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill & Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Juvenile Literature

“Searching for Silverheels” by Jeannie Mobley (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction

“The Painter” by Peter Heller (Alfred A. Knopf)


“Trapline” by Mark Stevens (Midnight Ink, an imprint of Llewelyn Worldwide Ltd.)


“High Road to Aspen” by Paul Andersen with photographs by David Hiser (ERG Press)


“Abide” by Jake Adam York (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)

Short Story Collection

“The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic” by Christopher Merkner (Coffee House Press)


“The Intern’s Handbook” by Shane Kuhn (Simon & Schuster)

Young Adult Literature

“Lost Girl Found” by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca (Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press)

Three books by local writers were nominated for Colorado Book Awards, and one — by Aspen Times columnist Paul Andersen — took home a prize at the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Doerr-Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows.

“High Road to Aspen,” a portrait of Independence Pass in words and photos by Andersen and photographer David Hiser, won the award in the pictorial category. Andersen was not in attendance. Book designer Curt Carpenter accepted the award on his and Hiser’s behalf.

Local schoolteacher-turned-novelist Linda Lafftery was nominated in the thriller category for “The House of Bathory,” a novel linking a murder in 17th-century Slovakia to modern Aspen. She lost out to Shane Kuhn’s “The Intern’s Handbook.”

“A Democracy of Poets: Poems of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond,” a collection of works by writers who’ve read at the Aspen Poets’ Society monthly gatherings — edited by local writers Marjorie DeLuca, Cameron Scott and Rett Harper — was nominated in the anthology category. It lost to “Outdoors in the Southwest,” by Andrew Gulliford.

A novel set in the Roaring Fork Valley also took home a prize. “Trapline,” a novel about a Glenwood Springs newspaper reporter, an outfitter and a murder in the Flat Tops, by Denver writer Mark Stevens, won for best mystery.

The awards ceremony was the first event of the Aspen Summer Words literary festival, kicking off a week of workshops and public panels.

Events continue today with panels at The Gant and Paepcke Auditorium, featuring authors Hannah Tinti, Lea Carpenter, Michael Maren, Dani Shapiro and Akhil Sharma. A full schedule and tickets are available at http://www.aspenwords.com.