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Bash draws authors off the page

Kimberly Nicoletti

KEYSTONE – “Shhhh -” isn’t something you’ll hear from the 800 librarians who have ascended to Keystone for a professional conference this weekend. In fact, they’ll be chatting it up with more than 170 authors Sunday morning, and they’re inviting the public.

Authors of all topics – from calculus for cats to Navajo code talkers or magic from Brazil – gather at Keystone Convention Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions and sign books.

Four panel discussions, made up of 16 authors in genres including children’s, mystery, nonfiction and Colorado themes, will answer questions regarding their main concerns, influences and motivation.

“The event is aimed at elementary through academic librarians and people who love to read,” said Betsy Pink, chairperson of the Big Book Bash. “This is such a great opportunity because it’s on such a variety of topics.”

The Big Book Bash began as a small gathering of authors designed to give librarians an opportunity to meet Colorado authors. It turned into a grand-scale event when more and more authors showed interest and signed up to sit at a table.

“For me, the best part of it is bringing all of the energy of these authors and librarians together,” said Kim Meyers, a coordinator of the event.

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Authors rounding out the panel discussions include children and young adult writers Julie Danneberg (author of “Margaret’s Magnificent Colorado Adventure” and “Amidst the Gold Dust”), Pattie Schnetzler (“Ten Little Dinosaurs” and “Widdermaker”), Ying Compestine (“The Runaway Rice Cake”), Julie Ann Peters (“Define “Normal'” and “A Snitch In The Snob Squad”) and Ann Nagda (“Chimp Math” and “Tiger Math”).

Mystery authors Margaret Coel, Carol Cail, Christine Goff and Dan Whipple join Colorado authors Janet Robertson (“Magnificent Mountain Women”), Dave Rich (“Denver Hiking Guide”), Jon Sheppard (“Someday in a Place Out West” and “Always Colorado”), Jeanne Varnell (“Women of Consequence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame”) and Chris Crutcher (“Athletic Shorts” and “Ironman”) for the panel discussions, beginning at 11 a.m.

Nonfiction writers Judith Briles (“The Confidence Factor” and “Smart Money”), Evelyn Kaye (“Amazing Traveler: Isabella Bird” and “Adventures in Japan”), Gary Raham (“Exploring Backyard Biology” and “Dinosaurs in the Garden”) and Nancy Bentley (“Writing Mysteries, Movies, Monster Stories and More” and “The Young Journalist’s Book”) will talk about what motivates them to write about the topics they do.

The Bo Peep Bookstore in Lakewood will sell books written by the authors present and give out free books every half hour. Tickets to the Big Book Bash are $10.

A special American farm breakfast, with keynote speaker Reggie River discussing how to overcome obstacles, begins at 9 a.m. at the Convention Center. Tickets are $22.

The Big Book Bash is presented by The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), incorporated in December 2001. CAL merges the Colorado Educational Media Association and Colorado Library Association into one.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

The Book Bash

? What: The public is invited to join

librarians and authors for panel discussions

? When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20

? Where: Keystone Convention Center