Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s 'Woman of Light' brings to life the 1930's Chicana/o culture in Colorado
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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.
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...
Art Contest Entries / Click image to enlarge...
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
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 Breckenridge - Dillon
Campus Front Entrances
Summit County Libraries
CMC Central Services
Executive Suite, 3rd Floor
Garfield County Libraries
New Discovery Reception
Lake County Public Library
CMC Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs Branch Library
Garfield County Public Libraries
Salida Regional Library
CMC Spring Valley
Ascent Center Front Desk
CMC Steamboat Springs
CMC Steamboat Springs Campus Library
CMC Vail Valley