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Celebration Time

Wm. Palmer

Thank you, William Palmer! (Courtesy Colorado College Archives)

Recently, I received an e-mail from the Colorado Author’s League containing a list of finalists for the annual Top Hand Awards. As usual, I browsed through the names to see if any of my friends were listed. I was pleased to see that Susan Tweit, a fellow  Women Writing the West member, would be honored for her book, Walking Nature Home. When I continued through the list, I was amazed to find my own name listed. My book, General William Palmer: Railroad Pioneer, is a finalist in the Young Adult Nonfiction Book category. Wow!! I called up my publishers at Filter Press, who dropped what they were doing to share the joy.

This evening, we will be attending the CAL banquet. I am thrilled and honored that my Palmer biography is receiving recognition from a distinguished and long-established Colorado book industry association. I am also pleased and thankful that William Palmer reached out and inspired me to write his story. Beyond that, I am espeically happy to share joy and celebration with my hub, my publishers, and my book friends.

To see the CAL list of Top Hand finalists, go to:
http://www.coloradoauthors.org/Site/CALTopHandAwardNominees.php

Joyce B. Lohse, 5/11/10
http://www.lohseworks.com

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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Western history

 

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Summertime Book Events

Evergreen Cemetery Chapel

Evergreen Cemetery Chapel

Our Palmer Tribute at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs was a grand success. Folks came out to learn more about General Palmer and to visit with Dianne Hartshorn and myself, to discuss books and history. Once again, I found myself in a cemetery, surrounded by history and stories of pioneers. I had not previously been inside the little chapel, built in 1909, which turned out to be the perfect venue for the gathering.

I especially enjoyed visiting with my pals from Women Writing the West: Filter Press publisher Doris Baker, Doris McCraw, Gayle Gresham, and Dianne Hartshorn. It is always a pleasure to encounter and share time with friends who are members of this outstanding group of talented writers. For information about membership, go to: http://www.womenwritingthewest.org .

The busy summer continues with upcoming book events in Leadville, Parker, and Longmont in August. Leadville Boom Days is a special way to get in touch with the Old West. The parade down Harrison Street at 10 a.m. on August 8 will be full of horses and horse thieves, miners, dance hall girls, school marms, gamblers, you name it. If you go, stop by the Book Mine and say Howdy! I will be signing books there most of the afternoon.

Joyce Lohse, 7/21/09
http://www.lohseworks.com

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2009 in Western history

 

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