Novelist, Journalist, Editor.

I am an award-winning novelist, essayist, journalist, short story writer and book critic. I write about all sorts of things including technology, travel, people, sports, the American West, and books.

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Denver Day Trip: Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park – IHG Travel Blog

Denver Day Trip: Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park – IHG Tr...

Denver Day Trip: Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park – IHG Travel Blog

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The Atlantic

From Boulder, Colorado: Notes on a Thousand-Year Flood

A resident recollects the wet and fearful days at the center of a historic natural disaster. ...

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The Washington Post

I met a blind priest at the airport. Father Ted taught me to take a leap of faith.

A chance encounter with Father Hesburgh changed one writer's life....

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Denver | Poets and Writers

Dec 16, 2011 ... In this tour of the Mile High City, novelist Jenny Shank visits the sites, writing groups, organizations, and presses that, despite a down economy, ......

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The Guardian

Denver, Colorado: city of mile-high delights

Sunshine and clean, high-altitude air make Denver a magnet for holidaymakers in search of outdoor pursuits, says local author Jenny Shank...

Los Angeles Times

'Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty' is a charming summer tale of wealth and its loss

Wealthy characters, from Gatsby to Mr. Darcy to Miss Havisham, were once a fiction staple. In contemporary novels, however, characters with more moderate incomes tend to rule: Think of the striving immigrant blogger in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah” or Karen Russell’s down-on-its-luck alligator-wrestling family in “Swamplandia!” It’s not easy to...

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An Insider's Guide to Lit Fest

The Mile High City isn’t just beautiful—it has brains, too. Denver is brimming with literary activity, from its world-class indie bookstores to local Pulitzer Prize-winning authors (University of Colorado Boulder professor Elizabeth Fenn took the 2015 history award for her Encounters At The Heart of the World)....

Bright Orange 'Book Bikes' Signify Changing Times for Libraries ...

By Jenny Shank. September 24, 2014. On a sunny September day in Boulder, Colo., a group of librarians from the Boulder Public Library parked a bright orange ......

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Why We Write: The Ham-And-Egger

Not long ago my first novel, The Ringer, was accepted for publication. A short time later, still relishing the news, I watched the movie Nights of Cabiria. Directed by Federico Fellini and released in 1957, it’s the story of a Roman prostitute, Cabiria, who is coarse, less than beautiful, and full of pride—but boy, can she dance. She solicits clients under bridges, and higher-class prostitutes disdain her. She’s saved enough money to buy herself a pitiful little concrete house on the outskirts of the city, but it’s hers, and no one can take it. Still, she suffers from the fantasy that she’ll find true love, marry, and become a respectable woman.

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The World's Largest Free Lit Fest Comes to Boulder

Since 2006, the Jaipur Literature Festival has filled Diggi Palace in Rajasthan, India’s largest state, with the world’s premier writers, thinkers, and those who flock to see them. Known as the largest free literary festival in the world, JLF attracted more than 270,000 attendees last year to its readings, panel...


Welcome to My Nanobrewery!

[Originally published April 24, 2013.] - - - Sure, I’d be happy to look over these reports for you. But first, welcome to my nanobrewery. No, w......

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McSweeney's Issue 44

With a stunning set of stories from some of the finest writers toiling away today—including breathtaking new work from Rebecca Curtis, Stuart Dybek, and Jim Shepard, and the Southeast Asian prison novella the world has been waiting for, from Mr. Wells Tower—and an all-hands-on-deck appraisal of one of the most...

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The Dallas Morning News

Book review: ‘Americanah,’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This sprawling book looks at many things — American life, the immigrant experience, race, class. And it has a love story beating at its heart....

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The Dallas Morning News

Book review: 'A Visit From the Goon Squad' by Jennifer Egan

"The days of losing touch are almost gone," observes a character in Jennifer Egan's clever, inventive fourth novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad. He continues: "I picture it like Judgment Day ... . We'll rise up out of our bodies and find each other again in spirit form. We'll...