Readers Advisor

Readers Advisor

I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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Western Fiction Award Winners Print Email

Jacket covers of the three contenders for Best Western Long Novel

The Spur Awards recognize distinguished writing in the Western field and are given annually by the Western Writers of America organization.  Founded in 1953 with only four categories (western novel, historical novel, juvenile and short story), the award today has expanded to include more than a dozen categories.  Thomas Cobb, 2013 winner of Best Western Long Novel for With Blood in Their Eyes (and author of the novel Crazy Heart, the basis for the film that won Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar in 2009) had stiff competition this year from contenders.  The Orchardist, a beautifully rich historical novel set in the fruit-growing country around Cashmere, WA, and Country of the Bad Wolfes, an epic about the rise of a borderland crime family and the violent history along the Mexican-American border in the 1800s, both are equally deserving of attention for historical fiction lovers.  (See other Spur Award winners.)