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Bestselling Colorado Author to Speak at Front Range Community College

September 27, 2018

Swanson

If you go

What: Cynthia Swanson book reading and discussion

When: noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 4

Where: Community Building, Front Range Community College, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont

Cost: Free

Colorado author Cynthia Swanson will speak at Front Range Community College on Oct. 4 about her two novels.

Swanson, who lives in Denver, published historical fiction novel “The Bookseller” in 2016 and it was named a New York Times bestseller. The book is set in 1960s Denver and Swanson said she spent several days researching details for the setting at the Denver Public Library.

“I love research. I would certainly not recommend anyone writing historical fiction who doesn’t love research,” Swanson said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The way I look at it, if I can get the first draft down, then I get to do the fun part of getting into the research.”

Kathleen Hefley, a FRCC English professor, invited Swanson in the hopes the author could speak to her students about her writing process, research and what readers can learn about relationships from the book.

“Last fall I was talking with some of my colleagues and I put forth her name because I had the opportunity to meet her as part of another event and group I work with,” Hefley said. “There are a handful of us using her work in our classes. I teach a Literature of Women class and two of the central characters in ‘The Bookseller’ are women in the 1960s. Other colleagues are teaching creative writing and they are studying her craft of writing and how she tells her story. Other colleagues in communications look at how the interpersonal relationships work within the story.”

Swanson will read from “The Bookseller” and sign copies of that book and her second novel, “The Glass Forest,” published in February. She is currently working on a third book.

FRCC students and the public will be invited to ask Swanson questions about her work.

One area of interest might be the possible development of “The Bookseller” as a movie, with Julia Roberts as a producer.

Swanson said she doesn’t have much news, but is honored that her book might one day become a movie.

“We just got the renewal on the option and that’s a good thing because it means they’re moving forward as far as we know,” Swanson said. “I try to be circumspect about it and put it out of my mind and focus on writing more books. It’s great that it’s out there and it’s a distinct possibility. I keep my fingers crossed.”

Hefley said members of the public should put the free event on their calendars.

“Opening these events to the community helps to enrich this type of discussion for all of us. The students see this as part of something they’re doing for their studies, but they see that it’s also something people at large like to come to,” she said.

Karen Antonacci: 303-684-5226, antonaccik@times-call.com or twitter.com/ktonacci

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