Charity Tillemann-Dick grew up in Denver and began a professional singer career in her late teens. She's since had two lung transplants -- and returned to singing after each of them.
Just in time for the holidays, here's our annual chat with booksellers about the best books with Western or Colorado themes.
Willis also discusses her latest book, "A Lot Like Christmas," a collection of short stories inspired by the holiday season.
Western State University Professor Mark Todd has encouraged Colorado poets at all kinds of events, from cowboy poetry readings to poetry slams. He recently received the Karen Chamberlain Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry in Colorado.
Denver author Helen Thorpe spent a year in an English class for recent refugees at South High School in Denver.
Boulder trucker and author Finn Murphy explores life from the seat of a big rig in his book "The Long Haul, A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dave Philipps' new book "Wild Horse Country" digs into the past to understand the future of America's wild horses.
The daughter of a Focus on the Family executive writes about her struggles with religion and sexuality after coming out as gay.
There's new research on the tamarisk, an invasive shrub that clings stubbornly to the banks of southwestern waterways.