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Now displaying: November, 2018
Nov 28, 2018

"Reading is a political act."

That’s the tag line for Colorado Resistance Reads, the brainchild of RMFW’s own Kate Jonuska.

Colorado Resistance Reads curates books by Colorado authors that engage with themes relevant to today’s tumultuous political climate, including climate change, the free press, LGBTQ+ rights, the me-too movement, the refugee crisis, authoritarianism and more. Rather than presenting any one point of view or political persuasion, states the Colorado Resistance Reads website, these books encourage thought and conversation about current events through the medium of story.


The Colorado #ResistanceReads list is also an active fundraiser.
Every participating author is donating 50 percent of the profits from the sale of their book from Black Friday (11/23) through Colorado Gives Day (12/4) to a charity of the author’s choice.

Kate Jonuska is a Colorado native with a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Denver who went into journalism after college to pay the rent. She has since wracked up a decade of experience writing features for top-notch regional publications, including the Denver Post, the (Boulder) Daily Camera, The (Colorado Springs) Gazette and Boulder Magazine, specializing in food, fitness, travel, and arts and entertainment.

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Nov 21, 2018

Dacia Arnold’s first novel, a science fiction entry called Apparent Power, launches next month.

It’s the first in a trilogy and it has already received a knock-out advance review from Kirkus, which called the book’s main character, Valerie Russell, "an exceptional protagonist."

In Apparent Power, a dormant gene awakens in a quarter of the world’s population and the effects are apocalyptic. With an even rarer gene, the life of Valerie Russell turns into a shocking race against time.

When the human body begins to require more electricity than needed to keep a heart beating, cars lose power, phones no longer function, and planes fall from the sky.

To say Dacia is an author and a mother would only be scratching the surface. She is an avid karaoke singer, master crafter and she is also a ten-year Army veteran who served two tours of combat as a medic, including fifteen months working in Baghdad Emergency room.

On the podcast, Dacia talks about what inspired the story and her plans for the next two installments.

Note: After the conversation with Dacia, this podcast includes a special excerpt from Reactance, a novella that’s connected to the main story in Apparent Power.

Dacia's website

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Nov 11, 2018

This time on the podcast, a special conversation with former RMFW Writer of the Year Susan Spann—currently immersed in a non-fiction project in Japan.

Susan is in the middle of a personal journey, one she is documenting for a book based on her ascents up the 100 highest summits in the land of rising sun.

The adventure is based, in Susan’s own words, on the desire to stop doing what was safe and what was expected of her.

Well, mission accomplished.

But the planning and work to move from California to Japan hit a major hurdle when Susan was diagnosed with cancer. Undaunted, Susan forged through months of cancer treatments and even visa issues and today is travelling all over Japan conquering summits and recording her climbs for the book.

Work on the non-fiction book is also helping with her fiction—Susan’s award-winning mystery series features sixteenth-century ninja detective Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo.

One quick note: at about three-minutes into this interview we lost a few words from Susan due to the Skype connection or something but stay with it, you should be able to piece together what Susan is saying.

Susan Spann's website

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