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2016 Kappa Book and Author Evening

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Palazzo Verde

6363 S Fiddlers Green Cir, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Save the Date for the 2016 Book and Author Evening, organized by the Denver Alumnae Association Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Proceeds from the event benefit the Craig Hospital Alumni Scholarship Fund.


Featured Authors

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 35-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He lives in Summit County, Colorado, and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. His latest books are Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green and Wildflowers of Colorado. Information about John and his work can be found at johnfielder.com.


With the publication of Tularosa in 1996, Michael McGarrity turned to writing full time. Many of his novels have been national best sellers. He holds a BA with distinction in psychology and a master's degree in clinical social work. As an undergraduate, he held a Ford Foundation Scholarship at the University of New Mexico. Additionally, he is an honor graduate of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy.

His career in criminal justice spanned over twenty-five years and included creating treatment programs for drug offenders, supervising outreach services for at-risk juveniles, and re-establishing mental health services for the Department of Corrections after the infamous 1980 riot at the New Mexico Penitentiary. As a Santa Fe County deputy sheriff, he worked as a patrol officer, training and planning supervisor, community relations officer, and was the lead investigator of the sex crimes unit, which he established. Additionally, he taught courses at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, served as a caseworker and investigator for the Public Defender's District Office, and conducted investigations for a state government agency. In 1980 he was named New Mexico Social Worker of the Year and in 1987 was recognized by the American Legion as Police Officer of the Year.

In 2004 he received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts -- Literature. He is also the 2015 recipient of the Frank Waters Exemplary Literary Achievement Award and the 2015 Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – Literature. He has been instrumental in establishing the Hillerman-McGarrity Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of New Mexico, the Richard Bradford Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship at the Santa Fe Community College, and the N. Scott Momaday Creative Writing Scholarship at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Emily Beth (Mimi).


Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of the debut novel The Unquiet Dead published by St. Martin’s Press to widespread critical acclaim, including a Publishers Weekly starred review, and reviews in the LA Times and The New York Times. The Unquiet Dead was also a January 2015 Indie Next pick. Her highly anticipated second novel, The Language of Secrets, was published in February 2016.

A frequent lecturer and commentator, Ms. Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. Ms. Khan completed her LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of Ottawa, and her B.A. in English Literature & Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Formerly, she served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine. The first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women, Muslim Girl re-shaped the conversation about Muslim women in North America. It was featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Voice of America, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Maclean’s magazine, among others.

Internationally, Ms. Khan has spoken about Muslim Girl to Asharq al Awsat, the Organization of Islamic Conference Journal, the Gulf Today, Arabian Woman, Al Ahram Shabab, the India Times, Der Spiegel, Kristeligt Dagblad, the International Herald Tribune and many others. Her television appearances include CNN International, NBC Today, Al Jazeera “Everywoman,” Al Arabiyya TV, CBC TV, Global TV, and the Current TV documentary on Muslim Girl.

Ms. Khan practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at YorkUniversity. She is a long-time community activist and writer.

Ms. Khan currently lives in Colorado with her husband.



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