Western mystery writer Michael McGarrity is the 2015 winner of the Frank Waters Award, presented for literary excellence annually by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District.
Local historian and author Mel McFarland is the 2015 winner of the Golden Quill award, given to a Pikes Peak region author for a body of work.
McGarrity and McFarland will be honored at an awards luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14 at the Hotel Elegante, 2886 S Circle Drive. McGarrity will be the featured speaker.
McGarrity is the author of more than a dozen novels set in the Southwest, primarily New Mexico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and one in clinical social work. His career in criminal justice includes work in corrections, law enforcement, security and police officer training. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, community relations officer, training and planning supervisor and lead investigator for the sex crimes unit, which he established.
Golden Quill winner Mel McFarland, who lives in Rockrimmon, is a graduate of Palmer High School and the University of Southern Colorado and taught in schools in the Pikes Peak region for 23 years. He also was a Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway conductor for 16 years. His knowledge of local history is revealed in his books, Midland Route: A Colorado Midland Guide and Data Book, Cripple Creek Road, a Midland Terminal Guide and Data Book, and Rocketing to the Rockies. He’s also the editor of the Colorado Midland Quarterly (since 1980) and has written weekly local history columns in the Fountain Valley News, Westside Pioneer, Ute Pass Courier and other state newspapers since 1997.
Tickets for the event are on sale now. Cost is $30 per person until May 1, when they will increase to $40 per person. You can buy a table of 10 for $300 and designate your guests at that table. Otherwise, seating will be assigned. To reserve a seat, go online to: tinyurl.com/loftmcr. Pay for online tickets with a credit card, or send a check to: Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Questions? Call (719) 531-6333, x1008 for information, but reservations cannot be made by phone.
All reservations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 7.