04 Mar

WWA announces 2023 Spur Awards

TUCSON, Ariz. – Pulitzer Prize finalist Megan Kate Nelson and Emmy Award-winning director Walter Hill are among the 2023 Spur Award winners, Western Writers of America announced Saturday. Nelson’s Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America won the Spur for Best Western Historical Nonfiction Book. Her The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in

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04 Jun

2022 Book Display Contest Winners

ENCAMPMENT, WY  – Western Writers of America is pleased to announce the winners in the 2022 Book Display Contest. Winning in the library category is the Locust Grove Public Library. The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth, Texas, won for best Independent Bookstore Display and the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum in Leadville, Colorado has

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12 Mar

2022 Spur Award Winners Announced

     TUCSON, Ariz. – David Heska Wanbli Weiden is getting his fourth Spur Award in three years, and bestselling novelists Michael Punke and C.J. Box are also 2022 winners. Presentations to winners and finalists are scheduled for June 22-25 during WWA’s convention in Great Falls, Mont.      Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation, won for his

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15 Feb

Irene Bennett Brown, author of historical and juvenile fiction, to receive Western Writers of America’s Owen Wister Award

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. – Irene Bennett Brown, a Kansas native known for her historical and juvenile novels, will receive the 2022 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature, Western Writers of America has announced. “Irene Bennett Brown’s contribution to the Western genre is significant,” WWA President Chris Enss said. “She pulls readers into the

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11 Jan

2022 Bookseller Display Contest

In anticipation of Western Writers of America’s annual convention in the latter part of June, Western Writers of America is challenging booksellers, museum gift shop managers, and librarians to create a window or shelf display that highlight western authors and western musicians and their work. The store, library, and museum gift shop judged to have

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07 Apr

New WWA Anthology

Why Cows Need Cowboys and Other Seldom-Told Tales from the American West – Edited by Nancy Plain and Rocky Gibbons 978-1-4930-5107-6 $19.95, Paperback / softback978-1-4930-5106-9 $19.00, Electronic book text https://www.amazon.com/Go-West-Seldom-Told-Stories-History/dp/1493051075/ref=sr_1_1?crid=CCGBAPFQCVWI&dchild=1&keywords=why+cows+need+cowboys&qid=1619916175&s=books&sprefix=why+cows+need+cowboys%2Caps%2C206&sr=1-1Western Writers of America’s first anthology for young readers is now available from TwoDot. In this collection of true tales of the West, we leave textbook history

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08 Mar

Western Writers of America announces 2021 Spur Award winners

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. – Robert M. Utley, the 91-year-old “Dean of Western History,” and David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota nation, are among the 2021 Spur Award winners, Western Writers of America has announced. Utley’s The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas, published by the University of

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28 Feb

Packing the West

Packing the West is a reading and educational enrichment program designed to inspire in students a curiosity about the history of the American West, an appreciation of its literature, and the desire to understand society at the time, and how it relates to today. One part of the project is a series of educational videos

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25 Jan

W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear to receive Owen Wister Award

ENCAMPMENT, Wyo. – The international best-selling writing team of W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal of Cody, Wyo., will receive the Western Writers of America 2021 Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature. The Gears, who are best known for their prehistory series of books, will also be inducted into the Western Writers Hall

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