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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Western Writers of America Spur Award Winners

Have a conversation with five winners of the western writers of America's prestigious Spur Awards. Assistive listening devices available.

Johnny Boggs

Booklist has called Johnny D. Boggs "among the best western writers at work today." He has won the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America seven times for the novels "Camp Ford," "Doubtful Cañon," "Hard Winter," "Legacy of a Lawman," "West Texas Kill" and "Return to Red River" and the short story "A Piano at Dead Man's Crossing....

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Chris Enss

Chris Enss is a New York Times best-selling author, a scriptwriter and comedian who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West....

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Nancy Plain

Nancy Plain has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in music education from New York University. She has written numerous books for young readers, including her latest "This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon....

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Deanne Stillman

Deanne Stillman is a widely published, critically acclaimed writer. Her books include "Blood Brothers" (starred review in Kirkus, appeared on "best of the year" lists in True West Magazine, The Millions and Orange County Register, praised by Doug Brinkley, Ron Rosenbaum, Thomas Powers, Doug Peacock, Robert Utley); "Desert Reckoning"(winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards for nonfiction, a Southwest Book of the Year and amazon editors pick, praised in Newsweek, and based on a Rolling Stone piece) and "Mustang" (a Los Angeles Times 'best book of the year') praised by Tony Hillerman and Michael Blake ("Dances with Wolves"), now available in audio with Anjelica Huston, Frances Fisher, Wendie Malick, John Densmore- the Drummer in the Doors, and Richard Portnow....

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Michael Wallis Cancelled

Michael Wallis is a historian and biographer of the American West and also has gained international notoriety as a speaker and voice talent. In 2006, Michael’s distinctive voice was heard in Cars -- an animated feature film from Pixar Studios....

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Return to Red River
Johnny D. Boggs

Pinnacle Books
April 2016
ISBN 9780786037346
352 pages
$7.99, INSTOCK
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"Boggs is unparalleled in evoking the gritty reality of the Old West." --The Shootist Red River is one of the greatest westerns ever told, a novel that that became the classic John Wayne movie in 1948. More/less

Annie Oakley
Howard Kazanjian, Chris Enss

August 2017
ISBN 9781493017461
Hardcover, 200 pages
$24.95, INSTOCK
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Long before the screen placed the face of Mary Pickford before the eyes of millions of Americans, this girl, born August 13, 1860 as Phoebe Anne Oakley Moses, had won the right to the title of "America's Sweetheart. More/less

This Strange Wilderness
Nancy Plain
Juvenile Nonfiction
U of Nebraska Press
February 2015
ISBN 9780803248847
136 pages
$19.95, INSTOCK
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Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History
Deanne Stillman

Nation Books
September 2017
ISBN 9781568588636
Paperback, 320 pages
$18.99, INSTOCK
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Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction ContemporaryWinner of the LA Press Club Award for Best General NonfictionOn a scorching summer day, Donald Kueck-a desert hermit who loved animals and hated civilization-gunned down beloved deputy sheriff Stephen Sorensen when he approached his trailer. More/less

The Way West
Michael Wallis

April 2017
ISBN 9780871407696
320 pages
$27.95, INSTOCK
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Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, bestselling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America s westward expansion. More/less

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