Candy Moulton: Reading the West 3-26-12
Santa Fe author Johnny D. Boggs won Spur Awards for his long and short novels, while Salt Lake City poet and fiction writer Rod Miller also won two Spurs this year for poetry and a short story.
Colorado Songwriter Jon Chandler claimed his third Spur award for his Song, “Morning Star Moon.” He had previously won Spur awards for Best First Novel and Western Song.
Winners in 17 categories were announced this week by Spur Awards Chair Eli Paul.
Boggs will carry home Spurs for his novels “Legacy of a Lawman” (Five Star Publishing) and “West Texas Kill” (Pinnacle/Kensington). He has previously won four Spur Awards for adult and juvenile novels and a short story. This year’s wins put him up with Richard S. Wheeler of Livingston, Mont., as the two living authors with the most Spur Awards. They both have six.
Miller’s poem “Tabula Rasa” published by Port Yonder Press earned him a Spur, and he picks up the second one for his short fiction story “The Death of Delgado” (Western Fictioneers). The competition in both categories was particularly strong this year and a second Spur Award in the Short Fiction Story category will be awarded to Texas writer Clay Reynolds for “The Deacon’s Horse.”
The Nickelodeon Movies film, “Rango” earned a Spur for screenwriter John Logan, while Director Cindy Meehl and Producer Julie Goldman (Cedar Creek Productions) will receive the Spur in the Documentary Script category for “Buck,” a film about the legendary horseman Buck Brannaman.
Since 1953, Western Writers of America (www.WesternWriters.org) has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, selected by panels of judges. Awards, for material published last year, are given for works whose inspiration, image and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West. Previous winners include Thomas Powers, Lucia St. Clair Robson and Nancy Plain.
Winners and finalists will be honored June 12-16 at the WWA Convention in Albuquerque, N.M.
Stephen Harrigan of Austin, Texas, won for Best Western Long Novel with “Remember Ben Clayton” (Alfred A. Knopf). This is his third Spur having previously won for a novel and a drama script.
In the nonfiction categories David L. Bigler of Roseville, Calif., and Will Bagley of Salt Lake City, Utah won the Spur for Best Historical Nonfiction with “Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War 1857-1858.” Paul Andrew Hutton of Albuquerque, N.M., takes home his fifth Spur Award for his Short Nonfiction Article, “The Alamo, Well Remembered” published by Wild West Magazine. His prior Spurs were for his biography of Philip Sheridan and three documentary film scripts.
Stephen Harrigan. Remember Ben Clayton, Alfred A. Knopf
Thomas Fox Averill, Rode, University of New Mexico Press
James Lee Burke, Feast Day of Fools, Simon & Schuster
Johnny D. Boggs, Legacy of a Lawman, Five Star Publishing
Joe Henry. Lime Creek, Random House
Alan C. Huffines, Killed by Indians 1871, Texas Wesleyan University Press
Johnny D. Boggs, West Texas Kill, Pinnacle Books/Kensington
Cameron Judd, The Long Hunt, Signet/Penguin
Dusty Richards, Between Hell and Texas, Pinnacle Books/Kensington
Meg Mims, Double Crossing, Astraea Press
Tammy Hinton, Unbridled, Roots & Branches/AWOC Publishing
Stephen B. Smart, Whispers of the Greybull, High Mule Publishing
David L. Bigler and Will Bagley, The Mormon Rebellion, University of Oklahoma Press
Paul L. Hedren, After Custer, University of Oklahoma Press
Richard White, Railroaded, W.W. Norton & Company
Frederick H. Swanson, The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg, University of Utah Press
Jim Kristofic, Navajos Wear Nikes, University of New Mexico Press
Rachel St. John, Line in the Sand, Princeton University Press
Paul Magid, George Crook, University of Oklahoma Press
Louis Kraft, Ned Wynkoop and the Lonely Road from Sand Creek, University of Oklahoma Pres
Richard D. White, Jr. Will Rogers: A Political Life, Texas Tech University Press
Rod Miller, “The Death of Delgado,” Western Fictioneers
Clay Reynolds, “The Deacon’s Horse,” Ink Brush Press
Shann Ray, “The Great Divide,” Graywolf Press
Paul Andrew Hutton, “The Alamo, Well Remembered,” Wild West Magazine
John R. Wunder, “That No Thorn Will Pierce Our Friendship,” Western Historical Quarterly
Mark Dworkin, “The Wild West’s Premier Mythmaker,” Wild West Magazine
Candace Simar, Birdie, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Johnny D. Boggs, South by Southwest, Five Star Publishing/Gale
Nancy Oswald, Rescue in Poverty Gulch, Filter Press
Don Nardo, Migrant Mother, Compass Point Books/Capstone
Jean A. Lukesh, Wolves in Blue, Field Mouse Productions
Linda L. Osmundson, How the West Was Drawn, Pelican Publishing
John Logan, Rango, Nickelodeon Movies
Jonathan Raymond, Meek’s Cut-Off
Miguel Barros, Blackthorn, Rogue Pictures
Cindy Meehl, Director, and Julie Goldman, Producer, Buck, Cedar Creek Productions
Bryan Langdo, Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat, Marshall Cavendish
Mary Casanova. The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Mary Dodson Wade, Henrietta King, Bright Sky Press
Rod Miller, “Tabula Rasa,” Port Yonder Press
Floyd Collins, “What Harvest: Poems on the Siege & Battle of the Alamo,” Somondoco Press
Larry D. Thomas, “The Red, Candle-lit Darkness,” El Grito del Lobo Press
No Award Given
Jon Chandler. “Morning Star Moon,” Western Dog Publishing
Wylie Gustafson, “Raven on the Wind,” Two Medicine Music
Bob Thomas, “The Cowboy,” Easy Bob Music
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