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:

I was a silent character in the author's story who cheered for her, loved her, gave her advice, laughed with her, and lived vicariously through her UNTIL the many roles she had to play to survive and not lose herself in coping with her husband's Alzheimers became almost intolerable. Not only is the book well organized, but I felt like I was actually "experiencing" and "feeling" the author's life as it unfolds.

The story portrays a woman who is sincere, self-assured, and independent, yet reveals vulnerability and disappointment as life takes twists and turns which require dependability and strength. "Kismet" is a powerful read. Liz Van Ingen's story will serve as a book of survival, hope, and healing to anyone who is navigating the scary waters of Alzheimer's.

-- K. F.

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