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Mar 11, 2017, 11:30 ET Western Writers of America announces 2017 Spur Awards

Paul Andrew Hutton's critically acclaimed "The Apache Wars" won the 2017 Spur Award for Best Western Historical Nonfiction book, and Taylor...


Mar 12, 2016, 11:00 ET WWA Announces Spur Award Winners

 Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles, the prolific Joe R. Lansdale and an 11-year-old Maine girl highlight the 2016 Spur Award winners from...


Feb 16, 2016, 15:25 ET Lucia St. Clair Robson to Receive Western Writers of America's 2016 Owen Wister Award

Lucia St. Clair Robson, whose 1982 historical novel "Ride the Wind" won the Spur Award and remains in print 34 years after its publication, will...


Jan 16, 2015, 07:00 ET Win Blevins to Receive 2015 Owen Wister Award

 Win Blevins is the 2015 recipient of the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature. The award is given by Western...


Feb 03, 2014, 16:09 ET Robert J. Conley to Receive 2014 Owen Wister Award

Cherokee author Robert J. Conley is the 2014 recipient of the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Contributions to Western Literature. The award is...


Mar 19, 2013, 13:14 ET WWA Announces 2013 Spur Award Winners

Thomas Cobb's "With Blood in Their Eyes" won the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Long Novel, and Robert M. Utley's "Geronimo" won for Best...


Feb 09, 2013, 18:11 ET Jory Sherman To Receive 2013 Owen Wister Award

 Western Writers of America will present Jory Sherman with its highest honor, the 2013 Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to Western...


May 18, 2012, 14:29 ET WWA to honor novelist Estleman with Owen Wister Award

 Loren D. Estleman, the prolific novelist of Westerns and mysteries, will be honored by Western Writers of America as the 2012 recipient of the...


Mar 22, 2012, 09:00 ET 2012 Spur Awards Honor Best Westerns

 Santa Fe, N.M., author Johnny D. Boggs won Spur Awards for two novels, while Rod Miller of Sandy, Utah, also won two Spurs this year for...


Apr 10, 2011, 19:25 ET Western Writers of America 2011 Spur Awards

"True Grit," a remake of the 1969 movie classic of the same name, and veteran novelist Richard Wheeler are among the winners of the 2011 Spur...


Mar 20, 2010, 16:00 ET 2010 Spur Awards Salute Best Westerns

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has won a 2010 Spur Award from Western Writers of America for "Finding Susie," her somewhat...


Jun 18, 2009, 13:00 ET Gunsmoke, Lonesome Dove Top List of Greatest TV Westerns, According to Western Writers of America

GUNSMOKE, which ran for 20 years on CBS, has been chosen the Greatest TV Western Series of All Time by Western Writers of America. LONESOME DOVE,...


May 18, 2009, 13:37 ET Western Writers Gallop into Oklahoma

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is among those who will be honored when the top hands at writing about the American West gather for the...


Jun 13, 2008, 01:00 ET SHANE the Greatest Western Movie of All Time, Western Writers of America Announces

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SHANE, director George Stevens' classic 1953 movie about a weary gunfighter caught up in a...


Apr 19, 2007, 01:00 ET Western Writers of America Honoring John Jakes for Lifetime Achievement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- John Jakes, best-selling author of the "Kent Family Chronicles" and the "North and South" trilogy,...


Mar 17, 2007, 01:00 ET 2007 Spur Awards Honor Best Westerns

PHOENIX, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Tony Hillerman's THE SHAPE SHIFTER won the 2007 Spur Award from Western Writers of America as Best Western...


Feb 16, 2007, 00:00 ET Western Writers of America Finds Home at University of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- After years of operating without an official office, Western Writers of America now has a home -- the...


Nov 13, 2006, 00:00 ET America's Soul: Western Writers of America Redefining 'Western'

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- "Western writing, to me," award-winning mystery writer Tony Hillerman says, "is when you're flying from...


Jun 05, 2006, 01:00 ET Western Writers of America to Converge on Cody for Convention

CODY, Wyo., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 100 writers and editors of Western literature will stampede this month into the town founded by...


May 26, 2006, 01:00 ET Western Writers of America to Honor THE REBEL Creator, Idaho-based Publisher

CODY, Wyo., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Author Andrew J. Fenady, whose credits include the Nick Adams TV series THE REBEL and the 1970 John Wayne...


Mar 18, 2006, 00:00 ET 2006 Spur Awards Honor Best Westerns

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- California writer Willard Wyman won two Spur Awards for his first novel while Loren Estleman collected...


Aug 22, 2005, 01:00 ET Western Writers of America Anthology THE WAY WEST Earning Top Reviews

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Six years in the making, THE WAY WEST: TRUE STORIES OF THE AMERICAN FRONTIER is hitting the shelves at...


May 31, 2005, 01:00 ET Actress Patty Duke to Join Western Writers of America in Book-Signing

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke plans to join more than 70 Western writers for a special...


Apr 13, 2005, 01:00 ET Judy Alter Honored With Wister Award From Western Writers of America

FORT WORTH, Texas, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Judy Alter, award-winning writer and director of TCU Press, will receive the prestigious Owen Wister...


Mar 19, 2005, 00:00 ET 2005 Spur Awards Honor Best Westerns

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- An 86-year-old woman from Tucson, Ariz., won her first Spur Award while Richard S. Wheeler collected...