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March 10, 2014
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Candy Moulton: Reading the West 3-10-14

This time of year is always fun if you like books, or are a writer since it is when the top awards for Western Literature are announced. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City will present the Wrangler Awards in early April and the Western Writers of America will confer the Spur Awards in late June.

As usually happens, the Wranglers are announced first, with winners identified just this past week. They include the following:

■ Western Novel: “The Son,” Philipp Meyer, author; Harper Collins, publisher

■ Poetry Book: “Brushstroke’s and Balladeers,” Caroline Joy “CJ” Hadley, editor; Range Conservation Foundation & Range Magazine, Publisher

■ Outstanding Photography Book: “A Family of the Land: The Texas Photography of Guy Gillette,” Andy Wilkinson, author; University of Oklahoma Press, publisher

■ Nonfiction Book: “Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire and Exceptionalism form Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression,” David M. Wrobel, author; University of New Mexico Press, publisher

■ Magazine Article: “Coyote: An American Original,” Dan Flores, writer; Wild West Magazine/Weider History Group, publisher

■ Literary - Juvenile Books: “Grandma’s Santo on Its Head/El Santo Patas Arriba De Mi Abuelita,” by Nasario Garcia, author; University of New Mexico Press, publisher

■ Art Books: “Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited: Landscape Views Across Time,” by W. Raymond Woo and Robert M. Lindholm, co-author; University of Oklahoma Press, publisher

■ Western Documentary: “Behind the Gate”

■ Theatrical Motion Pictures: “The Cherokee Word For Water”

■ Outstanding Docudrama: “Gold Fever”

■ Fictional Television Drama: “Hell on Wheels — One Less Mule”

■ Traditional Western Album: “Just Me And My Guitar,” Don Edwards

■ Original Western Music Composition: “Portrait of a Cowgirl,” Eli Barsi

■ Music: New Horizons – “Gotta Be A Cowgirl,” Mikki Daniel

The Spur Awards will be announced shortly (you can watch for that information in my next Reading the West!)

In other book news, the Tucson Book Festival takes place March 15 and 16 at the University of Arizona Campus, and if you are in that area, and you like books, by all means head down. There are acres of tents with books, books and more books, authors, programs, panels, presentations, signings and everything a bibliofile loves.

I’ll be down there for the event soaking in some Arizona sunshine, visiting with authors, and seeing some new books. ❖

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