Q&A with author, Virginia Simmons

CCM: Did you attend college? If so, where? VS: After attending school in New England, where regional history is pretty hard to escape, I headed west to Oberlin College, where I majored in history and discovered the fun of examining the often misleading minutiae that reveal what really happened. When I moved to Colorado in …

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Rail Writer Leaves a Legacy

By Ann Klaiman

Author Doris Osterwald, best known for her guides to Colorado’s tourist trains, passed away March 27, 2014, two days before her 93rd birthday. In 1965, Osterwald published Cinders and Smoke, A Mile by Mile by Mile Guide for the Durango and Silverton Railroad, and it quickly set a standard for pleasing passengers from casual tourists to true train aficionados. It’s now in its eighth edition and was the first publication of Western Guideways, Ltd., founded by Osterwald and her husband, Frank – a savvy move at a time when self-publishing was known, disparagingly, as “vanity press.” Other Mile by Mile guides followed, including Highline to Leadville (Leadville & Colorado Southern Railroad), Rails Thru the Gorge (Cañon City & Royal Gorge Route), and Sand and Smoke (San Luis and Rio Grande Railroad).

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Q & A with Colorado author Kent Haruf

A Colorado native, Kent Haruf is the award-winning author of five novels including “Plainsong,” published in 1999, which became a national bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Award and The New Yorker Book Award; it won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, The Midland Authors Award, The Salon.com Award and the Alex Award from the American Library Association.

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