Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book announced in April 2014 that Kismet: From the Joy of Romance to the Agony of Alzheimer's was selected as a finalist in the 2014 Colorado Book Awards Memoir category. Prior to the announcement, for many weeks, more than 45 volunteer selectors—writers, editors, educators, librarians, and enthusiastic readers—worked hard reviewing theyear’s entries, and were impressed with the quality of books produced by Colorado authors, artists, and publishers.

The Colorado Book Award Finalist Reading was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Oxford Hotel in Denver. Visitors enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. More Event Information | Event Facebook Page. Please feel free to share the Facebook event page with your friends and followers.

Finalists were recognized and winners announced at the Colorado Book Awards on Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado. The celebration is part of the Aspen Summer Words 2014 Literary Festival.

See the full list of 2014 Colorado Book Award Finalists.

Reader Review of Kismet:

As beautifully as a carpet of Isfahan, Elizabeth Van Ingen’s poetic descriptions are woven together with symbolic themes of purpose and self-discovery. Her words pull you in and you feel like you are there with her, traveling to the next country, breathing in scents of coriander, dust, the black earth of Iowa, or walking through the chaotic, agonizing and uncharted territory of Alzheimer’s.

Through her story, we see a personal journey represented by place and experience, gold charms on her bracelet, and a Tunisian bird cage that earned a custom-designed spot in her and her husband Tony’s long-time home in Iowa. Liz writes early on in the book: “‘Watch out the Shah doesn't get you!’ my friends had warned me as I left home in California. ‘The Shah didn't get me, but Tony did.’”

I know that Kismet will get you, too! It is an extraordinary story. Of an extraordinary woman. And, an extraordinary life.

-- J. P.

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