12 new books from Colorado authors gifting readers in 2022

A good page turner is truly a gift that keeps on giving – whether the world you’re giving the recipient is fantasy, history, or craft beer cooking. For those looking to serve the locals this season, Colorado is a thriving home of writers that produce excellent reads across all genres. From a comic series that follows apocalyptic Native heroes on the hunt for Christopher Columbus, to a list of goodies to bake before you die, here’s our pick of new and noteworthy local titles for the season.

ski bum Colin Clancy.Photo courtesy of Dashui Dadi

Utah author Colin Clancy begins work on his debut novel, ski bum ($23), at the top of Copper Mountain more than 15 years ago. On Dec. 1, readers will finally be able to experience this coming-of-age story about “hot tub poaching, illegal sledding, and living scrappy and poor where the rich go on vacation,” according to the book’s description. 10% off pre-order sales through December 1st to protect our winter. buy online.

Photo from Stephen Graham Jones's book Earthdivers
earth diver Stephen Graham Jones.Photo courtesy of Stephen Graham Jones

Best-selling author and Blackfoot Native American Stephen Graham Jones is known for horror stories centered on Native voices. Last October, Jones launched a new comic series, earth diver ($4 an issue), by Davide Gianfelice, tells the story of four Aboriginal survivors of a doomsday who must travel back in time to save the world. Mission: Kill Christopher Columbus and prevent the birth of America. Buy them at your local comic book store or online.

Photo of Alexa Martin's book Better Than Fiction
better than fiction Alexa Martin.Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House

Romance author Alexa Martin begins writing novels based on her life as an NFL wife.and after successful to intercept and its sequel, the latest book from the author of Centennial Kingdom, better than fiction ($17) tells the story of protagonists Jasper and Drew, who meet cute people at a book signing and fall in love by exploring the local Denver scene. Buy online or at your local bookstore.

Photo from the book White Horse by Erika T. Wurth
white horse Written by Erika T. Wurth.Photo courtesy of Erika T. Wurth

Denver author Erika T. Wurth’s debut novel, weeks out ($28), follows a Native American heroine haunted by her mother’s spirit and She is stalked by a monster as she tries to uncover her past. Wurth, a city native with Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee bloodlines, interweaves Stephen King-esque horror with modern family ties in this ghost story thriller. Buy it at your local bookstore.

Photo from Allyson Reedy's 50 Things to Bake Before You Die
50 Things to Bake Before You Die By Allyson Reedy.Photo courtesy of Simon and Schuster

For the baker in your life, this book ($25) by a local author (and often 5280 Contributor) Allyson Reedy provides an exhaustive list of recipes from celebrity bakers like Christina Tosi and Tieghan Gerard. Keep KitchenAid humming all season long, starting with a S’more-inspired cover cake. Buy online or at your local bookstore.

Photo of Ruben Gonzalez's Shortcut Book
shortcut book By Ruben Gonzalez.Photo courtesy of Ruben Gonzalez

exist shortcut book ($20) Bestselling author and former Olympic bobsledder Ruben Gonzalez shares his secrets to reaching your goals faster, becoming a stronger leader, and creating a better life for yourself along the way. Perfect for CEOs, young adults, and anyone looking to get ahead, this inspiring read is a gift for any ambitious recipient. buy online.

Stormrise photo by Calvin B. Fisher
storm Written by Calvin B. Fisher.Photo courtesy of Calvin Fisher Media

Earlier this fall, Denver-based author Calvin B. Fisher spoke at northfield saga series: storm ($23). The book tells the story of protagonist Mark Northfield who meets a mysterious new ally during his captivity, set against the desolate backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world filled with deadly gas. Buy online or at your local bookstore.

The Craft Brewery Cookbook photo by John Holl
Craft Brewery Recipes by John Hall.Photo courtesy of Indiebound

exist Craft Brewery Recipes ($30), local beer aficionado John Holl inspires drinkers with more than 70 original recipes from independent breweries across the U.S. Part recipe, part beer pairing guide, this is the list for any hop lover on the list must-read books. Buy online or at your local bookstore.

Photos from Steve Jenkins' Book of Sharks
book of sharks Steve Jenkins.Photo courtesy of Steve Jenkins

Young non-fiction lovers should check out Boulder’s Steve Jenkins’ colorful collection of science-themed books.His numerous books—many of which he co-authored with his wife, Robin Page—take children from the depths of the ocean to book of sharks ($19) to the highest peak top of the world ($8). Buy it at your local bookstore. — Courtney Holden

The Sizzle Paradox photo by Lily Menon
Lily Menon’s Hissing Paradox.Photo courtesy of Macmillan Press

exist Hiss Paradox ($17) Mountain author Lily Menon tells the story of Lyric and Kian: roommates, friends and graduate students studying the sexual chemistry of romantic couples. When they offer to help each other in their love lives, they discover new things about each other along the way. Buy online or at your local bookstore.

Photo from Manuel Ramos' book
Angel in the Wind: Mile High Black Manuel Ramos.Photo courtesy of Manuel Ramos

Colorado Book Award and Chicano/Latino Literature Award winner — and 2021 Colorado Writers Hall of Fame inductee — Manuel Ramos released angel in the wind Spring 2021 ($19). This book follows felon-turned-private eye Gus Corral (in this fourth novel featuring the protagonist) as he solves thrilling crime mysteries between Denver and Eastern Colorado. Buy it at your local bookstore.

Photo of Cheap Land Colorado book by Ted Conover
cheap land colorado Ted Conover.Photo courtesy of Ted Conover

in nonfiction books cheap land colorado ($30) Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Conover uses his signature immersive reporting to describe life off the grid for homesteaders in the San Luis Valley. Five years of living on and off in one of the most inhospitable parts of Colorado has produced a story of empathy and empathy for people living on the fringes of civilization. Buy it at your local bookstore.

Photo of The Little Book of Whiskey Cocktails by Bryan Paiement
The Little Book of Whiskey Cocktails Brian Pymont.Photo courtesy of Kentucky Press

This useful book for the spirits lover in your life ($15) explores the stories of whiskey making around the world and recipes for all bartending abilities. Sipping on a classic or a contemporary (we love paper airplanes) pairs well with delving into the book’s interesting trivia—such as exploring the difference between “whiskey” and “whiskey.” Buy online or at your local bookstore.

Ryan Menardi Morrison

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