The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District have chosen the 2017 winners of the Frank Waters and Golden Quill awards for excellence in writing. They will be honored at a luncheon on April 29 at the Antlers Hotel.

Frank Waters winner

Popular and award-winning Western mystery writer C.J. Box is the winner of the 2017 Frank Waters Award and will be the keynote speaker at the event. The award is given annually to a writer who exemplifies the spirit and literary excellence of the late local author. Frank Waters, nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, wrote the “Pike’s Peak” trilogy and several groundbreaking books about native Americans.

Box is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels, including the Joe Pickett series. He has won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum. His novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven, Nowhere To Run, and The Highway have been optioned for film and television. More than 10 million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone. In March 2016, Off The Grid debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife, Laurie.

An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and currently serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board.

Golden Quill winner

Manitou Springs artist Charles Rockey is the winner of the 2017 Golden Quill award, given to a local author for either a body of work or a single exceptional publication. His 2016 book, “Love Songs from Middle Times Echoed through Illuminations and Fables,” is packed with illustrations and original stories by him and other local writers. He and daughter Hannah Rockey compiled the work, which is already a collector’s item.

A familiar figure in Manitou, Rockey is best known for his art – paintings and whimsical sculptures that are reminiscent of the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien. The book is the culmination of 15 years of work, and includes 115 stories and more than 150 of Rockey’s illustrations – most of the originals lost in a flood several years ago.

Frank Waters and Golden Quill Awards Luncheon

The awards will be presented at a noon luncheon on Saturday, April 29, at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $35 per person or $250 for a table of eight and includes luncheon and a program. Complimentary parking will be provided and the authors will sign copies of their books afterward.

To register for the event online, visit http://ppld.thankyou4caring.org/frank-waters-friends. To register by mail, with a check (and names of your guests, if buying a table), send the appropriate amount to: PPLD Foundation, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. For more information, call (719) 231-7202.

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