Annual author event goes online Nov. 14
Colorado Press Women’s most popular event, our annual author’s lunch, is going virtual this year, with an online presentation by two Colorado writers on Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.
The event will feature longtime CPW member Marilyn Saltzman, talking about her newest book, Your Love Is Blasting in My Heart, A Grandmother’s Journey, and MSU professor Cynthia Kuhn discussing her national award-winning Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries that follow the investigations of professor-turned-amateur-sleuth through a series of clever academic whodunits.
The meeting is free for CPW members and members of other NFPW affiliates and $5 for nonmembers.
To receive a Zoom link to the meeting, members must register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and nonmembers will register by using the PayPal button below. Registration deadline is noon Friday, November 13.
Your Love Is Blasting in My Heart is Saltzman’s memoir about how her grandchildren, adopted from China and Ethiopia, are fostering her Mussar journey. Mussar, a time-honored Jewish spiritual and ethical practice focusing on mindful personal growth in the service of others, is experiencing a modern resurgence.
One of the few books that views Mussar through a woman’s lens, Your Love Is Blasting in My Heart makes these teachings accessible to readers of all faiths. Each chapter presents anecdotes about a different Mussar soul trait, such as compassion, generosity and gratitude. Chapters conclude with suggested journal prompts to give the reader an opportunity for self-reflection.
An active member of Congregation Beth Evergreen, Saltzman has studied Mussar for more than a decade. She has worked as a journalist, Jefferson County Schools public relations manager, and consultant for school districts and education associations across the nation.
She is co-author of the nonfiction books Building School Communities, Strategies for Leaders and Reflections, Learning by Doing with BJ Meadows; Maybe Tomorrow, A Hidden Child of the Holocaust with Eric Cahn; and Dave Sanders, Columbine Teacher, Coach, Hero with Linda Sanders.
Kuhn’s first book of her Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series received an Agatha Award, named for Agatha Christie, for mystery and crime writers in the “cozy mystery” subgenre — amateur detective, closed setting and no sex or violence.
The series includes
- The Semester of Our Discontent, published in 2016, Agatha Award for best first novel, and a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant
- The Art of Vanishing, 2017, Lefty Award nominee, Best Humorous Mystery
- The Spirit in Question, 2018, Lefty Award nominee, Best Humorous Mystery, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards finalist, Mystery
- The Subject of Malice, 2019, Lefty Award nominee, Best Humorous Mystery
- The Study of Secrets, published this year and sure to garner more awards.
Her work has also appeared in Mystery Most Edible, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She has also authored, edited and contributed to three academic texts.
Kuhn is a professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches literature, writing, and film. She attended the University of Kansas (BA), University of Colorado-Denver (MA), and the University of Denver (PhD). She is past president of Sisters in Crime – Colorado and a current national board member. Other memberships include Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Chicks on the Case, a group of female “mystery writers with a killer sense of humor.” Originally from upstate New York, she lives in Colorado with her husband and sons. Visit her blog at chicksonthecase.com or check out her newsletter.
For more information about the authors’ event, contact Ann Lockhart, 303-349-7302, or email@example.com.
Boo to you! Halloween highballs with CPW
Members should already have gotten their Zoom link invitation to a virtual Halloween cocktails party scheduled for 4:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 30. Dress in costumes (at least from the waist up.)
Everyone needs to send an RSVP to http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not a member? Join online at https://coloradopresswomen.org/membership/ and then email us at the address above to get your invitation.
Community online newspaper talk
Save Saturday, January 23 for CPW’s virtual conversation with the editors of the Denver Gazette, a digital-only newspaper. Philip Anschutz’s Clarity Media Group launched the 54-page online daily Sept. 14, 2020, with local and national news, opinion, sports, business, comics, obituaries, and interactive features including news videos. An introductory three-month, free subscription is offered for a limited time.
The Denver Gazette, delivered to email boxes at 5 am daily, shares staff and content with the Colorado Springs Gazette as well as the Washington Examiner, which is also owned by Clarity. We’ll be talking with Jim Bates, news editor in charge of the Denver Gazette, and Vince Bzdek, editor of the combined Gazette staffs in Colorado Springs and Denver.
Ongoing CPW Events
The CPW Writers Group welcomes new members interested in stretching into creative writing, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry or scripts. We meet on the second Saturday of the month. For details, contact Ann Lockhart.
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