Best Colorado Authors Who’ve Made It Big

November 1, 2010 11:05 PM

Colorado has a tradition of good writers who have spent time here or made a name here. Beat poet Allen Ginsberg established a poetry school at Naropa University in Boulder and Jack Kerouac based a good portion of “On The Road” in Colorado. And, of course, Hunter S. Thompson of the Aspen/Woody Creek fame became a literary legend with his Gonzo-style journalist and whacked out book “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. Here are some of the authors who are out there making a name for themselves in the literary world but keeping their home base in Colorado

Stephen White

Best-selling author Stephen White was born on the East Coast but eventually settled in Colorado where he received his doctorate in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1979. White worked at the University at Colorado Health Sciences Center and as a staff psychologist at Children’s Hospital. White is the creator of the “Alan Gregory” psychological thrillers which are set in Boulder. Research in his early writing career included spending a day at the CBS4 newsroom to gather more information for one of his characters, Gregory’s ex-wife, who appears in his second novel “Private Practices.” White now writes full time and lives with his family in Denver.

David Wroblewski

You might not know his face but you probably are familiar with his book “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.” Wroblewski lives in Westminster. Oprah Winfrey picked “Sawtelle” in 2008 as one of her Oprah’s Book Club selections, launching him to instant super-stardom in the literary world. Before the publishing of his first novel, which took 10 years to write, he worked in Boulder as a software developer.

Jon Krakauer

Krakauer lives and writes in Boulder, where he keeps a relatively low profile. He lived in Colorado in the 70s and then moved back in 1998 and has been here since then. He established the Everest ’96 Memorial Fund at the Boulder Community Foundation after writing “Into Thin Air” and in 2009 helped raise money for the Boulder-based Veterans Helping Veterans Now group while promoting his book “Where Men Win Glory.” He told CBS4 at the time that in Boulder “People don’t recognize me … I lead a normal life here.”