Three Colorado authors to speak Nov. 6 at Buell Center

Mystery, history and an award-winning collection of short stories are on tap as three local authors speak to Colorado Press Women and friends on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the Buell Public Media Center, 2101 Arapahoe St., Denver.

Patricia Raybon, award-winning Colorado author, former journalist and University of Colorado/Boulder professor emerita, will talk about her debut novel in a 1920s mystery series set in Colorado’s dangerous Klan era. Denver historian Mark Barnhouse’s new book, “Tattered Cover Book Store: A Storied History,” covers the book store’s first 50 years with tales from the thousands of author events it has hosted over the decades. Jennie Shank’s new award-winning book, “Mixed Company,” reveals moments of grace and connection between people of her hometown, Denver, through a collection of short stories that contrast the city during its oil-bust era of economic troubles and court-ordered crosstown busing for racial desegregation with the burgeoning and gentrifying city of recent years.

Patricia Raybon

Raybon’s “All That Is Secret” is a riveting puzzle about a prim, poor but clever young Black female theologian—a fan of Sherlock Holmes—trying to solve her father’s cold-case murder in a city ruled by the Ku Klux Klan. The award-winning Colorado author, essayist and novelist writes stories of faith by day and mystery by night. Her previous books have included “My First White Friend,” a racial-forgiveness memoir; “I Told the Mountain to Move,” a candid prayer memoir; “The One Year God’s Great Blessings Devotional”; “Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace”; “Bound for Glory,” a tribute book honoring African American spirituals; and “Beautiful Blessings from God,” a daily devotional.

Raybon’s essays on family and faith have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, USA Weekend, Country Living Magazine, Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, Guideposts, In Touch Magazine (In Touch Ministries), Our Daily Bread, Christianity Today, and Today’s Christian Woman. She earned a B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Mark Barnhouse

“Tattered Cover Book Store: A Storied History” was commissioned by the store to celebrate a half century in business, starting with just 950 square feet, and growing into a multistore operation and important cultural institution. The store has been a forum for ideas, with hundreds of writers visiting each year to sign books and greet readers. Barnhouse, a Denver native, worked at the bookstore from September 1994 through March 2000, in Cherry Creek and LoDo.

A graduate of the University of Colorado-Denver, double majoring in history and English, he has researched and written about Denver’s history for 25 years. His most recent books include “Vanished Denver Landmarks,” “A History Lover’s Guide to Denver” and “Lost Department Stores of Denver.” See ArcadiaPublishing.com for a full listing. He is a member of one of Denver’s oldest western history groups, the Denver Posse of Westerners. Find him on Facebook: “Denver History Books by Mark A. Barnhouse.”

Jenny Shank

Among the stories in Shank’s “Mixed Company” is “Casa del Rey” in which a cautious pregnant woman must contend with her out-of-control and intrusive neighbor. In “Hurts,” a girls’ basketball team at a majority Black Denver high school clashes with a white mountain team. In “La Sexycana,” a bottom-feeding journalist ventures to a dance club to confront the young Latina woman she mentored as a teenager who then cut off all contact with her. These fictional stories and others address real human issues in a complicated world through humor, heart and grit.

“Mixed Company” won the George Garrett Fiction Prize from publisher Texas Review Press. Established in 1998, the prize highlights one book a year for excellence in a short story collection or novel. Shank’s first novel, “The Ringer,” won the High Plains Book Award. Her stories, essays, satire and reviews have appeared in The AtlanticThe Washington PostThe GuardianLos Angeles TimesPrairie SchoonerAlaska Quarterly Review and numerous other publications. Her work has been honorably mentioned by The Best American Essays, the Pushcart Prize anthology and her mother. Shank publishes The Tumbleweed, a monthly newsletter about books, writing and publishing, and she teaches in the Mile High MFA program at Regis University and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. She lives in Boulder.

REGISTRATION & COST:  The cost is $27 for members and $32 for guests. (Friends and fellow readers are more than welcome!) Because we’re renting a room with enhanced A/V capabilities, the online via Zoom cost is $10; your email address is furnished by PayPal when you register. Sign up by Saturday, Oct. 30. Register online using the button below (processing fee added) or mail a check to “Colorado Press Women,” c/o Mary Parmelee at 586 S. Gaylord St., Denver, CO 80209. Her email address is taijidancer126@gmail.com. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., while members and guests enjoy coffee or tea. Each of the authors will have 40 minutes to talk and answer questions, followed by a break to allow then to sign and sell their books. Biscuits and Berries Catering Company will provide a box lunch of a sandwich, chips, fruit, salad and cookie. Masks are required in the building, and CPW requests all attendees be fully vaccinated to participate in person.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING: The Buell Center for Public Media at 2101 Arapahoe St. is located several blocks from Coors Field between two one-way streets. Parking lots are at two corners of 21st Street and Arapahoe, facing from The Buell Center.

CPW recognizes local news to celebrate 80th

Colorado Press Women was founded 80 years ago by a statewide consortium of women who primarily covered community news for their local newspapers. Appropriately then, Linda Shapley, publisher of Colorado Community Media, will be the featured speaker at CPW’s 80th anniversary on October 2, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Buell Public Media Center, 2101 Arapahoe St., Denver.

Linda Shapley

The celebration begins with a hardy brunch of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, pastries and fruit catered by Colorado Catering. Then we’ll launch a Zoom meeting at 10:45 a.m. for a presentation on our organization’s past by CPW historian Lee Ann Peck, assistant professor of media ethics at Colorado State University and co-editor of Media Ethics at Work: True Stories from Young Professionals.

Next up is Shapley, who was named publisher of Colorado Community Media in July. A longtime denizen of Colorado journalism, Shapley has a 30-year history at news publications including the Greeley Tribune, The Denver Post and Colorado Politics, as well as a volunteer on the boards of Colorado State University’s student media alumni group, the Denver Press Club and Society for News Design.

She leads CCM’s two-dozen Colorado newspapers and websites as the company’s first publisher since its spring sale to The Colorado News Conservancy, a partnership of The Colorado Sun and the National Trust for Local News dedicated to fostering community journalism. The state’s largest community media outlet, CCM newspapers serve Adams, Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson and Weld counties, reaching more than 300,000 people each week.

Following the presentations, participants can tour the Buell Public Media Center, the new home of Rocky Mountain Public Media—parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMA Channel 6) and KUVO Jazz 89.3-FM. The center is also the new base for Colorado News Collaborative (COLab), The Associated Press, Chalkbeat Colorado, Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, Colorado Media Project, Colorado Press Association, The Colorado Sun, KGNU Community Radio and Open Media Foundation, as well as Metzler Family Learning Center, Masterpiece Studio, Bonfils-Stanton Performance Studio and the 5,000-square-foot Community Media Center, a classroom and production workspace for students supported by Emily Griffith Technical College and the city and county of Denver.

Cost for the in-person celebration is $25; the price is $10 for Zoom only. Send checks, made out to Colorado Press Women, to arrive by Sept. 23 to Sharon Almirall, 955 Eudora St., #605, Denver, CO 80220 or pay online using the button below. A small processing fee will be added to online payments. Zoom-only registrants need to include their email address if paying by check.

In-person registration opens at 9:45 a.m. and the presentations via Zoom begin at 10:45 a.m.

Masks are required in the building, and CPW requests all attendees be fully vaccinated to participate in person. Ann Lockhart, Sandy Graham and Sandy Nance are offering accommodations for fully vaccinated members from outside the metro area who wish to attend in person.