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Mountain of Authors

This guide provides information about a free annual community program for local authors and writers.

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Pikes Peak Library District
Mountain of Authors
P.O. Box 1579
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
(719) 531-6333
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2021 Keynote Speaker - To be announced

 

 

Local Author Books on Overdrive

Mountain of Authors

**CALL FOR AUTHORS - VIRTUAL BOOK BUZZ SHOWCASE**

Due to continued restrictions and concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Pikes Peak Library District's Mountain of Authors will be a hybrid event.  Our showcase authors and keynote speaker, Lt. Joe Kenda (Ret.), will be virtual; we are currently planning for an in-person panel held at the end of April with a limited audience (more details forthcoming).

We still wish to acknowledge and celebrate the work of the wonderful local authors of southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region!

Please fill out the following application to be considered for participation in PPLD's Mountain of Authors Virtual Book Buzz Showcase. The 2021 Mountain of Authors event will be held on May 1, and will feature a mix of virtual live and pre-recorded presentations. The Virtual Book Buzz Showcase will take the place of the traditional Author Showcase.

What is a Book Buzz? A Book Buzz for our purposes is a short (3 minutes or so) video clip featuring authors talking about their most recent book.

If selected to participate, you will send us a video clip that will air on PPLD's YouTube channel beginning on May 1. Also if selected, we will reach out with more information about the logistics and detailed information about the content of the Book Buzz.

PPLD will need to receive your finished Book Buzz recording by Thursday, April 1.

-- CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION --


We will be in touch with selected authors around the beginning of March. Thank you for your interest!

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Selection Criteria:

  • Author should preferably be a resident of the Pikes Peak Region, or author's work should take place in or be about the Pikes Peak Region
  • Relevant to community needs and interests
  • Favorable attention to critics, reviewers, and the public
  • Reputation/qualifications of author, artist, publisher, or producer without regard to political, religious, or other affiliations
  • Date of most recent publication should be within the last 3 years
  • Artistic merit, literary value, or recognized award recipient
  • Local or national significance
  • Permanence or timeliness of published works
  • Quality of presentation in relation to content and audience
  • Legal, licensing, or copyright issues
  • Representation of various cultures, viewpoints, and interests
  • Self published/subsidy published works must be reviewed by established publications

Mountain of Authors (MOA) is an annual community program that provides an opportunity for the public and local authors to network, listen to notable authors, as well as learn more about the craft of writing and trends in publishing. Click on one of the tabs to the left to discover more information about this library program. It is free to attend, there is no registration, and all are welcome!


15th Annual Pikes Peak Library District's Mountain of Authors

is happy to announce 2021 keynote speaker

Joe Kenda

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 2 p.m. - **LIVE STREAMED** (more information to come)

Lt. Joe Kenda, a twenty-three-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Police Department, spent twenty-one years chasing killers as a homicide detective and commander of the major crimes unit. Kenda and his team solved 356 of his 387 homicide cases, getting a 92 percent solve rate—one of the highest in the country. After retiring from law enforcement, he starred in Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, an American true-crime documentary series that ran for nine seasons on the Investigation Discovery network and was aired in sixty-nine countries and territories worldwide. At its peak, Homicide Hunter averaged 1.9 million viewers in the US. See Lt. Kenda on his new crime series, American Detective, available to stream now on discovery+.

His new book from Blackstone Publishing, Killer Triggers, will be released March 9, 2021.

Photo credit Investigation Discovery, Stephanie Diani

UPCOMING PPLD AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS

UPCOMING AUTHOR PRESENTATIONS AND OTHER PROGRAMS OF NOTE

THROUGH THE PIKES PEAK LIBRARY DISTRICT

PROGRAMS ARE FREE TO ATTEND - PLEASE CLICK ON LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER

 

Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.

Sunny Weber, author of the Pups & Purrs series and animal welfare advocate, presents

Pups and Purrs and Humane Education through Storytelling

Author Sunny Weber: Pups and Purrs and Humane Education through Storytelling | Pikes Peak Library District (librarymarket.com)

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 1 p.m.

Durthy Washington, writer, author and instructor at the United States Air Force Academy, presents

The Black Novel as "Protest" Fiction

The Black Novel as "Protest" Fiction | Pikes Peak Library District (librarymarket.com)

 

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6 p.m.

Gail Beaton, author, historian, and member of the Advisory Council, Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House Museum, presents

Colorado Women in World War II

COLORADO WOMEN IN WORLD WAR II: A PRESENTATION BY AUTHOR GAIL BEATON | Pikes Peak Library District (librarymarket.com)

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 6 p.m.

Shannon Whetzel, curator at the Cosmosphere museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, presents

Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom and the Liberty Bell 7

ASTRONAUT VIRGIL "GUS" GRISSOM AND THE LIBERTY BELL 7 | Pikes Peak Library District (librarymarket.com)