Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s 'Woman of Light' brings to life the 1930's Chicana/o culture in Colorado

CMC's Common Reader engages students, staff and community members and culminates with author visits

Where to get your copy of Woman of Light

CMC’s Common Reader Program this year celebrates our new designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution with author Kali Fajardo-Anstine, a Colorado native and National Book Award Finalist. Kali’s book, Woman of Light, is a historical fiction about the Chicana/o experience in the 1930’s in Denver, Colorado.  

Woman of Light invites us to step into the wildly entertaining and complex cast of characters in this dazzling epic story of betrayal, love, and fate that spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West.

More about "Woman of Light"

There is one every generation, a seer who keeps the stories.

Luz “Little Light” Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, is left to fend for herself after her older brother, Diego, a snake charmer and factory worker, is run out of town by a violent white mob.

As Luz navigates 1930s Denver, she begins to have visions that transport her to her Indigenous homeland in the nearby Lost Territory. Luz recollects her ancestors’ origins, how her family flourished, and how they were threatened. She bears witness to the sinister forces that have devastated her people and their homelands for generations.

In the end, it is up to Luz to save her family stories from disappearing into oblivion.

Written in Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s singular voice, the wildly entertaining and complex lives of the Lopez family fill the pages of this multigenerational western saga.

Woman of Light is a transfixing novel about survival, family secrets, and love—filled with an unforgettable cast of characters, all of whom are just as special, memorable, and complicated as our beloved heroine, Luz.

Portada del libro La mujer de la luz

Author Kali Fajardo-Anstine

2023 Art & Creative Writing Contest Results

Indigenous Roots, Rights and Responsibilities

Creative Visual Art

Art Contest Winners / Click image to enlarge...

Annie McFee
Lake County High School

"El Buen Hombre"
Pencil Drawing
Nathaly Raudales
Lake County High School

"La Ornera"
Tania Montes Chavez
Lake County High School

"River House Ruin"
Feature Photograph
Seth Andersen
Staff/Adjunct Faculty

Art Contest Entries / Click image to enlarge...

Creative Writing

Writing Contest Winners

 Alive With Words by Gracie Harper, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

Pidre and the Old Woman by Jack, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

 If Only They Knew by Lizzey Meador, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

Writing Contest Entries

 Where My Heart Lies by Faith Fletcher, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

 Solar Eclipse by Carsen Gerstell, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

 The Sharpshooter's Return by S Hays, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

 Luz's Journal by Chloe Klataske, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

 Skin and Bones by Caden Turnley, Student at Steamboat Springs Campus

Book Copies

eAudiobooks and eBooks are available from the Virtual Library through the Libby app.

Pick up a hard copy of Woman of Light at these locations...

CMC Aspen
Front Desk

CMC Breckenridge - Dillon
Campus Front Entrances
Summit County Libraries

CMC Carbondale
Front Desk

CMC Central Services
Executive Suite, 3rd Floor
Garfield County Libraries

CMC Leadville
New Discovery Reception
Lake County Public Library

CMC Glenwood Springs
Front Desk
Glenwood Springs Branch Library

CMC Rifle
Front Desk
Garfield County Public Libraries

CMC Salida
Front Desk
Salida Regional Library

CMC Spring Valley
Ascent Center Front Desk

CMC Steamboat Springs
CMC Steamboat Springs Campus Library

CMC Vail Valley
Front Desk