Denver novelist visits Bookworm of Edwards Thursday |

Denver novelist visits Bookworm of Edwards Thursday

Sarah Taylor
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Denver author Cynthia Swanson visits The Bookworm of Edwards on Thursday.
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What: Book talk with Cynthia Swanson, author of “The Bookseller.”

When: 6 p.m. Thursday.

Where: Bookworm of Edwards.

Cost: $10, includes appetizers.

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EDWARDS — Colorado author Cynthia Swanson will be at The Bookworm of Edwards on Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss her debut novel, “The Bookseller.” Swanson’s novel brings a 1960s Denver to light for readers today in a tale of one truth found in two different realities.

Though originally from Wisconsin, Swanson has spent the past 22 years in Colorado, including 15 years in Denver. She fell in love with the metro area and has been writing fiction for most of her life. The idea for the novel came suddenly and unexpectedly in the middle of one of her routine workouts.

“I was at the gym, with one kid in school and another in the gym’s daycare and thought ‘How did this happen? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was single in my own apartment?’ Now I’m a mom and life is completely different,” Swanson said.

The idea grew into a bigger realization — that one’s current position in life is made up of little decisions made along the way.

“There are these little moments that can change everything. Did you decide to go to the store that day? Who did you run into? There are big moments too, like deciding to move or go to college. But so many of the little decisions have life-altering consequences,” she said.

The story of “The Bookseller” follows Kitty, a ‘60s-era bookstore owner who wakes up from a dream that is all too real. Haunted by the feeling that this dream is something more, Kitty begins to put together pieces in her real life that connect back to this new fantasy.


As real life booksellers, the staff at The Bookworm of Edwards can certainly identify with the main character. Swanson’s love of books and the worlds they create inspired her character’s occupation.

“I was just living vicariously through Kitty as a bookseller,” she said. “I love reading and loved finding the best sellers of that time period to incorporate into her story.”

“The Bookseller” includes authors such as John Steinbeck and J.D. Salinger, as well as features a wonderful cat named after a character from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Choosing to set the story in the past was not the original intention Swanson had for the novel, but she quickly decided to take the story back through time.

“The novel was originally set in present-day Denver, but I soon found out the story wouldn’t have worked with all of the modern day technology we have, so I had to scale back to a simpler time,” Swanson said.

A lot of research had to be done to capture a true sense of Denver during the turbulent decade. Though Swanson has lived there for years, the city came alive again when she became acquainted with more of its history.

“I spent a lot of time in libraries reading newspapers from that time and found it easier to research than I expected,” she said.

This book will transport you through time to an older yet familiar Denver. It will capture you from the moment the book begins as you follow Kitty’s dreams and her realities. It’s a book for Colorado lovers and anyone who can look back over life and see the twists and turns and how they’ve led to now, which is every one of us.

Sarah Taylor is a musician and manager at The Bookworm of Edwards.

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