“Every Rock Tells A Story” (youth book)
Every Rock Tells a Story is a series of books for young adults conceived by geologist Richard Kehmeier. The series’ “raison d’etre” is to emphasize the types of knowledge geologists must have to understand the evolution of our physical planet. Rather than explaining science with confusing terms and unfathomable concepts, these books provide simple, understandable explanations of terms and concepts in a story form.
Geology is often misunderstood because of the difficulty understanding subjects like geological time, rock names, mineral identification, and even faulting and volcanoes. Many people are exposed to geology in their own backyards every day and many more are introduced to it when they travel. It is the author’s hope that this series of books will help answer many questions young people may have about geology, ignite their curiosity about our planet, and help them understand how they can have careers in this fascinating and dynamic field of science.
About the Author
Richard Kehmeier has worked in geology for more than fifty years and has practiced his branch of exploration geology in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Greenland. He has spent much of his career exploring remote places across the globe for sources of metals to support our economy. Richard has two college degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering and a Master of Science in Geology, both from Colorado School of Mines. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Andrea, and two naughty dogs.
Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book has select one youth book and one adult book by Colorado authors to represent the state at the National Book Festival. Here are some winners from 2022-23-24.
The titles are part of the Library of Congress Center for the Book’s Great Reads from Great Places program that features books and authors representing the literary heritage of all 50 states
Cowboy is not a Cowboy (youth book)
Goat Girl lives on Humdrum Farm, where everything is ordinary, and she’s looking for some excitement. When she meets Merle—a cow and a boy—she mistakes him for a cowboy and can’t wait to introduce herself. An annoyed Merle insists he’s not a cowboy. But will this not-a-cowboy change his mind when his rootin’-tootin’ dream has a chance to come true?
Gregory Barrington lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Prior to writing and illustrating his first book, he owned his own boutique design and advertising agency, was a publisher of regional magazines, and taught graphic design and art history as a college adjunct professor.
Woman of Light (adult book)
Luz “Little Light” Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, is left to fend for herself after her older brother, Diego, a snake charmer and factory worker, is run out of town by a violent white mob. As Luz navigates 1930s Denver on her own, she begins to have visions that transport her to her Indigenous homeland in the nearby Lost Territory. Luz recollects her ancestors’ origins, how her family flourished and how they were threatened. She bears witness to the sinister forces that have devastated her people and their homelands for generations. In the end, it is up to Luz to save her family stories from disappearing into oblivion.
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the nationally bestselling author of the story collection Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Clark Prize, The Story Prize, the Saroyan International Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipient of the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue
This book chronicles how Black barbecuers, pitmasters, and restaurateurs helped develop this cornerstone of American foodways, and how they are coming into their own today. In this smoke-filled story of Black perseverance, culinary innovation, and entrepreneurship, the author celebrates and restores the faces and stories of the men and women who have influenced this American cuisine. This beautifully illustrated chronicle also features 22 barbecue recipes. ==James Beard Book Award Winner ==
is an alum of Stanford University and Georgetown University Law Center. From 1999 to 2001, Adrian served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton with his Initiative for One America – the first free-standing office in the White House to address issues of racial, religious and ethnic reconciliation. Adrian went on to serve as a senior policy analyst for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American, and the first layperson, to hold that position.
Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas, was published on President’s Day 2017. It was a finalist for a 2018 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction,” and the 2018 Colorado Book Award for History. Adrian’s third book, Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue, won the 2022 James Beard Award for Reference, History, and Scholarship and the 2022 Colorado Book Award for History. It was a finalist for the 2022 International Association of Culinary Professionals Literary & Historical Writing Award.
===NOTE=== As part of Black History month, the Lyons Recorder highlighted the exhibit at the Boulder Museum. Adrian is also the co-project director and lead curator for the “Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History” exhibit at the Museum of Boulder. You have one more chance to go on his guided tour, in March. The last three were sell-outs, so hurry! ARTICLE