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.
Reader Review of Kismet:
An absorbing, beautifully written story of a marriage and of a wife’s struggle to understand and cope with her husband’s changing personality as Alzheimer’s gradually eroded his personality. A long journey, including colorful insights of Iran, Morocco and South Africa, and other places where Van Ingen's family lived for twenty years, and of Iowa, where they settled upon their return to the U.S.
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