CMC names ‘Woman of Light’ as its 2023 Common Reader book selection |

CMC names ‘Woman of Light’ as its 2023 Common Reader book selection

Author Kali Fajardo-Anstine to give talks at four campuses in March, two of which will be livestreamed

“Woman of Light,” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a historical novel set in the 1930s in Denver and southern Colorado that traces five generations of an Indigenous Chicano and Chicana family. Books in Spanish and English are available now at CMC campuses.
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Colorado Mountain College’s 2023 Common Reader book selection is the bestselling novel, “Woman of Light,” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, a Colorado native and National Book Award finalist.

The book celebrates CMC’s recent designation as an Hispanic Serving Institution and is being offered to the public in both English and Spanish versions.

Now in its 16th year, the college’s Common Reader program brings the college and community members together to read the selected book and participate in talks with the author. This year, Fajardo-Anstine will appear at four CMC campuses:

  • CMC Breckenridge on March 27
  • CMC Leadville on March 28
  • Morgridge Commons in Glenwood Springs on March 29
  • CMC Vail Valley at Wedwards on March 30

All four talks will begin at 7 p.m. The talks on March 27 and March 29 will be livestreamed on the college’s Common Reader website.

“Woman in Light” is a work of fiction set in the 1930s in Denver and southern Colorado, tracing five generations of a Chicano and Chicana family. The story follows heroine Luz Lopez as she traces her family’s history, meeting fantastical and memorable characters while Lopez’s Indigenous ancestors emerge.

Fajardo-Anstine has received multiple awards for her work and is the endowed chair in creative writing at Texas State University.

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Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of the national bestseller, “Woman of Light,” this year’s Common Reader book selection. In March, the author will visit four CMC campuses to discuss her historical novel. Two of the talks will be livestreamed.
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