University of Colorado Denver faculty members Thomas G. Andrews and Jake Adam York each recently received a Colorado Book Award. The Colorado Center for the Book presents the prestigious award annually to Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in 12 categories. The honor is paired with an event that provides readers and writers a chance to meet in person. Altogether, the center honored 14 Coloradans in Aspen late last month.
Andrews, who is an assistant professor of history, won the award for his book "Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War." The book is based on the 1914 mining strike and Ludlow massacre. The historical book has earned Andrews other national accolades, including a 2009 Bancroft Prize.
York, an associate professor of English, won the poetry category with "A Murmuration of Starlings." The book is a collection of elegy poems and memorializes the black men and women who were killed during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.