Welcome! Our 2023 Book Festival Authors


We have an impressive lineup of authors and their books for our Book Festival! Many are award-winning and best-selling authors. Make sure you stop by, meet them, and remember, books make the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

ANNABELLE ANDERSON – RITA® nominated author of nearly fifty Regency Romance novels, many of which have been Amazon Best-sellers, in the United States and internationally

ANN BOELTER – The Viking Treasure Huntress Series. Nena (Book One) and Fiona (Book Two) have topped the Amazon charts as International #1 Bestsellers, have earned gold and silver medals, respectively, in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and are both currently voted Top 5 “Best Viking Romances” on Goodreads

CHRIS BROWN – Historian, Bicycle Junction, a rollicking time-travel history of Grand Junction, inspiration for the opera One Bike

TERRY CHASE – Memoir, Spoke by Spoke: How A Broken Back and a Broken Bike Led to a Whole Hearted Life 

VICKI FELMLEE – The Abandoned Trilogy, Prince Tadpole & Princess Clara, Good Boy Ben, Autumn and The Silver Moon Stallion, children’s, young adult

MADISON GILL – Poetry, Author, Casualties of Honey

RAEANNE HADLEY – aka R. A. Lingenfelter, Triple International Award-Winning Series Small Sacrifices is breaking genre barriers! Readers are comparing the series to Red Dawn, Hunger Games, Divergent and George Orwell’s 1984 with a little Harry Potter magic mixed in

MARIE HALL – USA Today, Amazon and International bestselling author with multiple Romance Writers of America awards. Her books  won the Book Feast Award 2023. Writing historical and contemporary romance. These aren’t your grandmother’s bodice rippers. Always, Safe, Sane, and Consensual

GREGORY “SETH” HARRIS – Poetry, Short Stories, Novels

JOAN JACOBSON – Nonfiction history/biography: Dr. Martha Cannon of Utah: The Unlikely Victorian Life of America’s First Female State Senator and Colorado Phantasmagorias: A Mashup of Biography, Fantasy, and Travel Guide; literary fiction: Small Secrets: A Tale of Sex, Shame and Babies in Midcentury America

VALERIE NIEMERG – Retired opera singer who performed leading roles with regional opera companies around the United States. Now a breast cancer survivor and a veteran foster-mom, Niemerg divides her time between her two children, her voice studio and her writing

T.J. RIJKS – Biography, The Orphan and the Schoolgirl: How Irish Catholic settlers Eugene Patrick and Mary Dooner Rourke built their lives in Southeastern Colorado, 1848-1918

ROD SHARP – The Lamb and The Boy, children’s book based on true memories of growing up on a Colorado ranch. Ages 3-7

BOB SILBERNAGEL – Historian, First Draft: Exploring the History of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah; Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado; Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau; The Cadottes: A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior

CARMEN SWICK – Patch Land Adventures Series, “Chomper My Bearded Dragon,” Goes to Outer Space: And other books available by this author, Children’s.

JULIE VANLAANEN – Filter Press Books, publisher of museum and education books about Colorado history