Tucson Festival of Books

Chris Enss

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Chris Enss is a New York Times best-selling author who has been writing about women of the Old West for more than 30 years.  She has penned more than 50 published books on the subject.  Her work has been honored with nine Will Rogers Medallion Awards, two Elmer Kelton Book Awards, an Oklahoma Center for the Book Award, three Foreword Review Magazine Book Awards, the Laura Downing Journalism Award and a Willa Cather Award from Women Writing the West for scholarly nonfiction. Enss’s most recent works are "The Doctor Was A Woman: Stories of the First Female Physicians on the Frontier," "An Open Secret: The Story of Deadwood’s Most Notorious Bordellos," "The Widowed Ones: Beyond the Battle of the Little Bighorn," "Along Came a Cowgirl: Daring and Iconic Cowgirls of Rodeos and Wild West Shows" and "Straight Lady: The Life and Times of Margaret Dumont 'The Fifth Marx Brother.'"

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Awards: Academy of Western Artists Elmer Kelton Book Award, Oklahoma Historical Society Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History, Western Writers of America Spur Finalist, True West Magazine Best Historical Non-Fiction Author 2017

Communities: Tucsonan

Scheduled events:
Wild and Wicked Women of the American West
Two western historians share tales of the most notorious, mischievous, and wayward ladies on the Frontier – from soiled doves to suffragettes.

Student Union Santa Rita (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Chris Enss, Sherry Monahan
Moderator: Jan Cleere

The Doctor Was a Woman
Stories of the First Female Physicians on the Frontier
History / Biography
January 2024
ISBN 9781493062928
224 pages
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An Open Secret
The Story of Deadwood's Most Notorious Bordellos
History / Biography
May 2023
ISBN 9781493061464
tp, 198 pages
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