Cynthia Swanson

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Cynthia Swanson writes literary suspense, often using historical settings. Cynthia’s debut novel, The Bookseller, was a New York Times best seller, an Indie Next selection, the winner of the 2016 WILLA Literary Award for Historical Fiction, and is translated into 18 languages. The Bookseller was also nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Award. Cynthia’s second novel, The Glass Forest, was a USA Today bestseller, has been noted in Forbes as being one of “Five Novels With a Remarkably Strong Sense of Place” and is translated into 7 languages. Cynthia is the editor of the anthology Denver Noir (Akashic Books, May 2022), which features dark, morally ambiguous stories set in and around Denver, written by 14 notable literary and mystery authors. Cynthia lives with her family in Denver.

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The Lookout

Books That Unite Us

October 02, 2019

The Lookout

Amalgamating the Novel

May 31, 2019

My debut novel, The Bookseller, is mainstream fi

The Lookout

Whose History Is It, Anyway?

May 16, 2018

“History is so subjective. The teller of it determines it.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda