On April 12, Colorado Humanities & The Center for the Book in Denver announced the finalists for the 2011 Colorado Book Awards and, for the second time in less than a week, we were thrilled to see a CLE in Colorado book nominated for a statewide book award. Steam, Steel & Statutes: True Tales from Colorado Legal History, by Frank Gibbard, is one of three finalists in the History/Biography category.
“Just last week, we were notified that our latest book with Justice Greg Hobbs, Living the Four Corners, is a finalist in the 2011 Colorado Authors’ League Book Awards, so today’s news about Steam, Steel & Statutes is doubly exciting for us,” said Darlene Johnson, a legal editor at CLE in Colorado and the managing editor on both books.
Steam, Steel & Statutes is a collection of Historical Perspectives columns that were published in The Colorado Lawyer, the journal of the Colorado Bar Association, from 2002 through 2010. Although Frank Gibbard is the book’s author and organizer, there are several other excellent writers — Tom Romero, Jeffrey Kelson, Bill Berger, Robert Linz, and Claire Munger — whose work appears in the book.
“Frank and his co-authors excel at infusing personality, vitality, and even some humor into what could be considered dusty old legal cases,” noted Johnson. It was clear from the beginning that this was a special project, she added.
“The staff enjoyed working on this project with Frank and we all love the book. So, it is particularly exciting that a legal history book has garnered attention from outside the legal field. We are thrilled about this honor,” said Dawn McKnight, Director of Publications and Assistant Executive Director for CLE in Colorado.
Gibbard and The Colorado Lawyer’s managing editor, Leona Martinez, were the driving forces behind the book. “My fellow contributors, researchers, photographers, editors and I worked hard to breathe life into some fascinating tales from Colorado legal history,” said Gibbard. “The fact that the book has done so well confirms the interest that these stories have for the reading public in this state and elsewhere.”
The winners will be announced at the Colorado Book Awards annual dinner in Aspen on June 24, 2011.