Events 2017-11-02T14:28:09+00:00

SOLD OUT — Thriller, mystery & memoir authors to speak Nov. 4

Three award-winning books will be discussed at Colorado Press Women’s annual authors’ meeting on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Denver Woman’s Press Club, 1325 Logan St.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and mini-muffins. Each author will speak and answer questions for about 40 minutes, followed by a break and sales and signing of their books. Caterer Biscuits and Berries will provide a box lunch.

The first speaker, Lisa S. Hawker, will talk about her three thrillers. Second will be Ausma Zehanat Khan discussing her mystery series and upcoming fantasy series. After a box lunch by Biscuits and Berries, Leah Bassoff till talk about the fictional memoir she co-wrote with Laura DeLuca.

Lisa S. Hawker

Denver native Lisa S. Hawker wrote The Drowning Game, Body and Bone, and End of the Road, published by HarperCollins Witness Impulse. The Drowning Game is a USA Today bestseller and finalist in the ITW Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category. It has been translated into eight languages and is available as an audiobook. Her second novel will be translated into seven languages. Her third book was released in early 2017.

Armed with a B.S. in journalism from the University of Kansas, she had a radio show called “People Are So Stupid,” edited a trade magazine, and worked as a traveling Kmart portrait photographer. Her extensive media background includes everything from public affairs director at a Denver radio station to video producer to website designer. Visit LSHawker.com for more information.

Hawker is vice president and webmaster of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Published Authors League liaison and a forum coordinator for International Thriller Writers.

Ausma Zehanat Khan

The debut novel of Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead, published by St. Martin’s Press, won the Barry Award, the Arthur Ellis Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Novel. Other novels in her mystery series, which Lionsgate has optioned for television, are The Language of Secrets, Among the Ruins and the novella, A Death in Sarajevo. Her next book in the series, A Dangerous Crossing, will appear in February 2018.

In October, she is launching The Bloodprint, the first book in a new four-book fantasy series called The Khorasan Archives for Harper Voyager US and UK.  The British-born Canadian, who lives in Colorado with her husband, has a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She practiced immigration law in Toronto, was an adjunct law professor and was editor in chief of Muslim Girl Magazine, the first magazine to target young Muslim women.

Leah Bassoff

The book Lost Girl Found, a fictional memoir by co-authors Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca, won the Colorado Book Award for Young Adult Literature and a Parents’ Choice Award.  Bassoff is a former assistant editor for Penguin Publishing and is currently a teacher at the International School of Denver.  She has written for such publications as The ColoradoanMothering and The Denver Voice and is currently at work on an immigration project, which she will discuss further. She lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.

Laura DeLuca of Boulder is an anthropology instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has done extensive fieldwork and travel in East Africa. In their book, a girl from South Sudan makes a long, heartbreaking trek to a huge refugee camp, then narrowly escapes. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Africare.org.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AND PAST DEADLINE. Contact treasurer Mary Parmelee at taijidancer126@gmail.com or call 303-777-9123 with questions.



Ongoing CPW Events

Writers Group
The CPW Writers Group welcomes new members interested in stretching into creative writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or scripts. We meet at 10 a.m . on the second Saturday of the month. For details, contact Mart Kelle, mkelle@awwa.org.


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