Congratulations to Western Writers of America’s 2022 Spur Award Winners!

Since 1953 Western Writers of America has honored those that write in regards to the American West with its prestigious Spur Awards. This 12 months high honors go to Irene Bennett Brown, a Kansas-based writer of historic and juvenile novels, who will obtain WWA’s Owen Wister Award for lifetime contributions to Western literature. The 90-year-old novelist may also be inducted into the Western Writers Corridor of Fame, housed exterior the McCracken Analysis Library on the Buffalo Invoice Middle of the West in Cody, Wyo. Brown has written greater than 20 books, together with the younger grownup novel Earlier than the Lark (which gained the 1982 Spur for greatest Western juvenile ebook) and its grownup sequels Miss Royal’s Mules (2018) and Tangled Occasions (2020). WWA will honor her and the 2022 Spur Award winners and finalists throughout its annual conference, June 22–25 in Nice Falls, Mont.

Spur winners embody Terry Mort for his historic nonfiction ebook Cheyenne Summer time: The Battle of Beecher Island: A Historical past; Shane Dunning for his brief nonfiction article “The Proper Man to Do a Flawed Factor: Charlie Thex, the Bear Creek Sheep Raid and the Primacy of Concern” (Montana: The Journal of Western Historical past); Wynne Brown for his biography The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Lifetime of Science and Artwork; Michael Punke for his historic novel Ridgeline; Chase Pletts for his conventional novel/first novel The Loving Wrath of Eldon Quint; and David Heska Wanbli Weiden for his brief fiction “Pores and skin” (printed in Midnight Hour: A Chilling Anthology of Crime Fiction From 20 Authors of Coloration). For the whole checklist of winners and finalists go to WWA’s site. WW