Boulder Bookshelf: What we’re reading and locals are writing

04 Sep 2019

Boulder-based authors weigh in

By Julie Kailus By all accounts, Boulder is a hotbed of talent in everything from tech to teaching, but it’s the locals’ literary prowess we’re honoring here. Boulder-based authors weigh in on their process, characters and self-transformation.

Rebecca Rosenberg, Gold Digger: The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor “I love writing stories of strong, tenacious women who braved things we can’t even imagine today. Baby Doe’s story of raw courage, tenacity, cunning and tragedy is one every Coloradan should know. It’s part of our shared history. “Researching Baby Doe’s inner thoughts in her diaries at The History Colorado Center was a special treat. Seeing her handwriting and understanding her love for her children and Tabor moved me. Her undying urge to make the Matchless Mine alive again is heartbreaking, but my sequel, ‘Silver Dollar,’ will tell the story as it should have happened!”

Juliet Wittman, Stocker’s Kitchen “Our relationship to food in America is a bit crazy. Too many of us think of a sandwich as a collection of numbers that codify it as virtuous or bad for us. We rarely stop to enjoy the taste or think about what we eat. “Stocker, my protagonist, has a deep and grounded relationship to food. He sees it as nourishment and celebration, and as a pathway to community. He believes cooking and sharing food brought early humans together and became the cornerstone of civilization. You don’t have to be a food fanatic to enjoy the novel, but if not, it just may convert you.”

Heidi Ganahl, SheFactor “?‘SheFactor’ provides a unique approach to actually do the work of creating a life you love by reading the book, downloading the app and joining a real-life community squad in your local neighborhood. “I love that ‘SheFactor’ gives young women a practical approach on guidance and is based on my real life experiences and those of other women. SheFactor provides members with the resources needed to not only build a career, but a fulfilling life.”

Carter Wilson, The Dead Girl in 2A “The main characters discover a creepy children’s book titled ‘The Responsibility of Death.’ The book was used as some kind of psychological experiment decades ago, and the artwork within it is supposed to have suggestive powers. “When I was writing the description of the artwork of the children’s book, I decided I wanted to see what it would really look like, so I hired an artist to draw one of the pages. My publisher then put that art in the body of the novel, so now everyone who buys a copy can see it. I just love that.”

Keele Burgin, Wholly Unraveled “What I love about my memoir is that it’s sparking conversations across the country that need to be spoken. I am a true believer that when a woman finds her authentic voice she can change the world around her. “It starts with telling your story, especially the one you don’t want to say out loud. That is the one that will release the fear, shame and doubt, and allow you to start to heal and claim back your worthiness. I can’t ask you to tell me your story if I wasn’t willing to tell you mine. I want to start a Tell Your Story Movement!”

Sarah Beasley, Kindness for All Creatures “The well-being of just one beetle partially inspired me to write this book. That said, helping my own dog Cosmo transition from life into death was a major factor, as well as my lifelong love and respect for all animals. The amazing reverence my Buddhist teachers hold toward pets, livestock and wildlife has also inspired me greatly over three decades. “What I love about this book is that it offers one key aspect of the  Buddhist teachings, The Six Perfections, in a straightforward and practical way. Even though Buddhism has a long, rich history of schools, lineages and traditions, anyone can tap into the authentic teachings to better themselves and the lives of those around them with simple everyday acts of compassion.”
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