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A Spool of Blue Thread
by Anne Tyler
The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture. Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.
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Agatha Awards are given for materials first published in the United States by a living author during the current calendar year, either in hardcover, as a paperback original, or e-published by an e-publishing firm.
The Agatha Awards honor the "traditional mystery." That is to say, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie as well as others. For our purposes, the genre is loosely defined as mysteries that:
Materials generally classified as "hard-boiled" are not appropriate.
Best First Novel
2015 - On the Road with Del and Louise by Art Taylor
Best Contemporary Novel
2015 - Long Upon the Land by Margaret Maron
Best Historical Novel
2015 - Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
2015 - The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story by Martin Edwards
Each year, the Horror Writer's Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula. The Bram Stoker Awards were instituted immediately after the organization's incorporation in 1987.
Any work of Horror first published in the English language may be considered for an award during the year of its publication. The categories for which a Bram Stoker Award may be presented have varied over the years, reflecting the state of the publishing industry and the horror genre.
2015 - A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
2015 - Mr. Suicide by Nicole Cushing
Young Adult Novel
2015 - Devil's Pocket by John Dixon
2015 - Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury by Sam Weller, Mort Castle, Chris Ryall, and Carlos Guzman (editors)
2015 - Little Dead Red (Grimm Mistresses) by Mercedes M. Yardley
2015 - Happy Joe's Rest Stop (18 Wheels of Horror) by John Palisano
2015 - The Library of the Dead by Michael Bailey
2015 - While the Black Stars Burn by Lucy A. Snyder
2015 - The Art of Horror by Stephen Jones
2015 - Eden Underground by Alessandro Manzetti
First bestowed in 1992, the Hammett Award is given out by the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers  to reward a work of literary excellence (fiction or non-fiction) in the field of crime writing, by a US or Canadian author.
The winning title is selected by a reading committee of IACW/NA, based on recommendations from other members and the publishing community, and the winner is chosen by three distinguished outside judges. The award is a bronze trophy, designed by West Coast sculptor, Peter Boiger, whose falcon-headed thin man symbolizes Dashielll Hammett's literary spirit.
Winner: Mr. Mercedes: A Novel, by Stephen King
Winner: Angel Baby, by Richard Lange
Winner: Oregon Hill, by Howard Owen
Winner: The Killer is Dying: A Novel, by James Sallis
WINNER: The Nearest Exit, by Olen Steinhauer
WINNER: The Manual of Detection: A Novel, by Jedediah Berry
WINNER: The Turnaround, by George Pelecanos
WINNER: The Outlander, by Gil Adamson
WINNER: The Prisoner of Guantánamo, by Dan Fesperman
WINNER: Alibi: A Novel, by Joseph Kanon
WINNER: Prince of Thieves: A Novel by Chuck Hogan
WINNER: The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
WINNER: Honor's Kingdom by Owen Parry
WINNER: Kingdom of Shadows by Alan Furst
WINNER: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
WINNER: Havana Bay by Martin Cruz Smtih
WINNER: Tidewater Blood by William Hoffman
WINNER: Trial of Passion by William Deverell
WINNER: Rose by Martin Cruz Smith
WINNER: Under the Beetle's Cellar by Mary Willis Walker
WINNER: Dixie City Jam by James Lee Burke
WINNER: The Mexican Tree Druck by James Crumley
WINNER: Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman
WINNER: Maximum Bob by Elmore Leonard
The Hugo Awards are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans.
The Hugo Awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, a famous magazine editor who did much to bring science fiction to a wider audience. Gernsback founded Amazing Stories, the first major American SF magazine, in 1926. He is widely credited with sparking a boom in interest in written SF. In addition to having the Hugo Awards named after him he has been recognized as the “Father of Magazine SF” and has a crater on the Moon named after him.
2015 - The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
2014 - Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
2013 - Reshirts: A Novel With Three Cadas, John Scalzi
2012 - Among Others, Jo Walton
2011 - Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis
2010 - The City & The City, China Miéville
- The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
2009 - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
2008 - The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
2007 - Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
2006 - Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
2005 - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2004 - Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
2003 - Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
2002 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2001 - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
1999 - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
1998 - Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
1997 - Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1996 - The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
1995 - Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
1994 - Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1993 - A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
- Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
1992 - Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
1991 - The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
1990 - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
1989 - Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
1988 - The Uplift War by David Brin
1987 - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1986 - Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
1985 - Neuromancer by William Gibson
1984 - Startide Rising by David Brin
1983 - Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
1982 - Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
1981 - The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
1980 - The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
1979 - Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
1978 - Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1977 - Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
1976 - The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1975 - The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
1974 - Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1973 - The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1972 - To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
1971 - Ringworld by Larry Niven
1970 - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
1969 - Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
1968 - Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
1967 - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
1966 - Dune by Frank Herbert
- And Call Me Conrad (alt: This Immortal) by Roger Zelazny
The James Beard Foundation Awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the food and beverage industry.
Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The Awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year.
The awards were established by the James Beard Foundation in 1990 through the merging of the two most prominent culinary awards in North America at the time: The R.T. French Tastemaker Cookbook Awards and Cook’s Magazine and Restaurant Business’s Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America. For the first iteration, the James Beard Foundation in 1991 expanded the program to include Restaurant and Chef Awards; in 1992 the James Beard Foundation established the Journalism Awards; in 1993 the Electronic Media (now Broadcast Media) Awards were introduced; and in 1995 the first Restaurant Design (now Design and Graphic) Awards were presented. These awards are announced in a separate ceremony held a few days prior to the Awards Gala at Lincoln Center.
2015 - Yucatan: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling
2014 - Historic Heston by Heston Blumenthal
2013 - Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla
2012 - Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet
2011 - Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy  by Diana Kennedy
2010 - The Country Cooking of Ireland  by Colman Andrews
2009 - Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes  by Jennifer McLagan
2008 - The River Cottage Meat Book  by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
2007 - The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook  by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
2006 - Hungry Planet  by Peter Manzel and Faith D'Alusio
2005 - Rick Stein's Complete Seafood  by Rick Stein
2004 - The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion  by King Arthur Flour
2003 - Zuni Cafe Cookbook  by Judy Rodgers
2002 - The Bread Baker's Apprentice  by Peter Reinhart
2001 - Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia  by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
2000 - A Mediterranean Feast  by Clifford A. Wright
1999 - Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and Scuppernong Wine  by Joseph E. Dabney
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist or even to be nominated for the "longlist".
2015 - A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
2014 - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
2013 - The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
2012 - Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
2011 - The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
2010 - The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
2009 - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
2008 - The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
2007 - The Gathering by Anne Enright
2006 - The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
2005 - The Sea by John Banville
2004 - The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
2003 - Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
2002 - Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2001 - True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
2000 - The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
1999 - Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
1998 - Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
1997 - The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1996 - Last Orders by Graham Swift
1995 - The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
1994 - How late it was, how late by James Kelman
1993 - Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
1992 - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
1991 - The Famished Road by Ben Okri
1990 - Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
1989 - The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
1988 - Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
1987 - Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
1986 - The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
1985 - The Bone People by Keri Hulme
1984 - Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
1983 - Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee
1982 - Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally
1981 - Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
1980 - Rites of Passage by William Golding
1979 - Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
1978 - The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
1977 - Staying On by Paul Scott
1976 - Saville by David Storey
1975 - Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
1974 - The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer and Holiday by Stanley Middleton
1973 - The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
1972 - G. by John Berger
1971 - In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul
1970 - (Lost Man Booker; awarded in 2010) - Troubles by J. G. Farrell
1970 - The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens
1969 - Something to Answer For by P. H. Newby
The Nebula Awards  are given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America  (SFWA) for the best science fiction  or fantasy  fiction published in the United States during the previous year. The Nebula Award for Best Novel is given each year for science fiction or fantasy novels  published in English or translated into English and released in the United States or on the internet during the previous calendar year.
2015 - Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
2014 - Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
2013 - 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson
2012 - Among Others by Jo Walton
2011 - Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
2010 - The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
2009 - Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
2008 - The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
2007 – Seeker by Jack McDevitt
2006 – Camouflage by Joe Haldeman
2005 - Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
2004 - The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
2003 - American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2002 - The Quantum Rose by Catherine Asaro
2001 - Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
2000 - Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
1999 - Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
1998 - The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre
1997 - Slow River by Nicola Griffith
1996 - The Terminal Experiment by Robert J. Sawyer
1995 - Moving Mars by Greg Bear
1994 - Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
1993 - Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
1992 - Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick
1991 - Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
1990 - The Healer's War by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
1989 - Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
1988 - The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy
1987 - Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
1986 - Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
1985 - Neuromancer by William Gibson
1984 - Startide Rising by David Brin
1983 - No Enemy but Time by Michael Bishop
1982 - The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe
1981 - Timescape by Gregory Benford
1980 - The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
1979 - Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
1978 - Gateway by Frederik Pohl
1977 - Man Plus by Frederik Pohl
1976 – The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1975 - The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
1974 - Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
1973 - The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
1972 - A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg
1971 - Ringworld by Larry Niven
1970 - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
1969 - Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin
1968 - The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany
1967 (tie)- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
1967 (tie)- Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
1966 - Dune by Frank Herbert
On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel's will one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.
The medal of the Swedish Academy represents a young man sitting under a laurel tree who, enchanted, listens to and writes down the song of the Muse.
2015 - Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time"
2014 - Patrick Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation"
2013 - Alice Munro "master of the contemporary short story"
2012 - Mo Yan who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.
2011 - Tomas Transtromer because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.
2010 - Mario Vargas Llosa for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat.
2009 - Heria Muller who, with the concentration of poetry and the frankness of prose, depicts the landscape of the dispossessed.
2008 - Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.
2007 - Doris Lessing that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.
2006 - Orhan Pamuk who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.
2005 - Harold Pinter who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression's closed rooms.
2004 - Elfriede Jelinek for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clich s and their subjugating power.
2003 - John Maxwell Coetzee who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider.
2002 - Imre Kertesz for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.
2001 - V. S. Naipaul for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.
2000 - Gao Xingjian for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity, which has opened new paths for the Chinese novel and drama.
1999 - Gunter Grass whose frolicsome black fables portray the forgotten face of history.
1998 - Jose Saramago who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality.
1997 - Dario Fo who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.
1996 - Wislawa Szymborska for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.
1995 - Seamus Heaney for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past.
1994 - Kenzaburo Oe who with poetic force creates an imagined world, where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today.
1993 - Toni Morrison who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.
1992 - Derek Walcott for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment.
1991 - Nadine Gordimer who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity.
1990 - Octavio Paz for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.
1989 - Camilo Jose Cela for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's vulnerability.
1988 - Naguib Mahfouz who, through works rich in nuance-now clearsightedly realistic, now evocatively ambigous-has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind.
1987 - Joseph Brodsky for an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity.
1986 - Wole Soyinka who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.
1985 - Claude Simon who in his novel combines the poet's and the painter's creativeness with a deepened awareness of time in the depiction of the human condition.
1984 - Jaroslaw Seifert for his poetry which endowed with freshness, sensuality and rich inventiveness provides a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and versatility of man.
1983 - Sir William Golding for his novels which, with the perspicuity of realistic narrative art and the diversity and universality of myth, illuminate the human condition in the world of today.
1982 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.
1981 - Elias Canetti for writings marked by a broad outlook, a wealth of ideas and artistic power.
1980 - Czeslaw Milosz who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts.
1979 - Odysseus Elytis (pen-name of Odysseus Alepoudhelis), for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness.
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life.
1977 - Vicente Aleixandre for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry beween the wars.
1976 - Saul Bellow for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work.
1975 - Eugenio Montale for his distinctive poetry which, with great artistic sensitivity, has interpreted human values under the sign of an outlook on life with no illusions.
1974 - The prize was divided between: Eyvind Johnson for a narrative art, farseeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom & Harry Martinson for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos.
1973 - Patrick White for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent into literature.
1972 - Heinrich Boll for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature.
1971 - Pablo Neruda for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams.
1970 - Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature.
1969 - Samuel Beckett for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation.
1968 - Yasunari Kawabata for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind.
1967 - Miguel Angel Asturias for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America.
1966 - The prize was divided equally between: Shmuel Yosef Agnon for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people & Nelly Sachs for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength.
1965 - Michail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov for the artistic power and integrity with which, in his epic of the Don, he has given expression to a historic phase in the life of the Russian people.
1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre for his work which, rich in ideas and filled with the spirit of freedom and the quest for truth, has exerted a farreaching influence on our age. (Declined the prize.)
1963 - Giorgos Seferis (pen-name of Giorgos Seferiadis), for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture.
1962 - John Steinbeck for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.
1961 - Ivo Andri'c for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country.
1960 - Saint-John Perse (pen-name of Alexis Leger), for the soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time.
1959 - Salvatore Quasimodo for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times.
1958 - Boris Leonidovich Pasternak for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition. (Accepted first, later caused by the authorities of his country to decline the prize.)
1957 - Albert Camus for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times.
1956 - Juan Ramon Jimenez for his lyrical poetry, which in Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity.
1955 - Halldor Kiljan Laxness for his vivid epic power which has renewed the great narrative art of Iceland.
1954 - Ernest Miller Hemingway for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea ,and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.
1953 - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.
1952 - Francois Mauriac for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life.
1951 - Par Fabian Lagerkvist for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind.
1950 - Earl Bertrand Arthur William Russell in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.
1949 - William Faulker for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.
1948 - Thomas Stearns Eliot for his outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry.
1947 - Andre Paul Guillaume Gide for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human problems and conditions have been presented with a fearless love of truth and keen psychological insight.
1946 - Hermann Hesse for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humaitarian ideals and high qualities of style.
1945 - Gabriela Mistral (pen-name of Lucila Godoy Y Alca-Yaga), for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world.
1944 - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen for the rare strength and fertility of his poetic imagination with which is combined an intellectual curiosity of wide scope and a bold, freshly creative style.
1943-1940 - The prize money was allocated to the Main Fund (1/3) and to the Special Fund (2/3) of this prize section.
1939 - Frans Eemil Sillanpaa for his deep understanding of his country's peasantry and the exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their relationship with Nature.
1938 - Pearl Buck (pen-name of Pearl Walsh née SYDENSTRICKER ), for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.
1937 - Roger Martin Du Gard for the artistic power and truth with which he has depicted human conflict as well as some fundamental aspects of contemporary life in his novelcycle Les Thibault.
1936 - Eugene Gladstone O'Neill for the power, honesty and deep-felt emotions of his dramatic works, which embody an original concept of tragedy.
1935 - The prize money was allocated to the Main Fund (1/3) and to the Special Fund (2/3) of this prize section.
1934 - Luigi Pirandello for his bold and ingenious revival of dramatic and scenic art.
1933 - Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin for the strict artistry with which he has carried on the classical Russian traditions in prose writing.
1932 - John Galsworthy for his distinguished art of narration which takes its highest form in The Forsythe Saga.
1931 - Erik Alex Karlfeldt The poetry of Erik Axel Karlfeldt.
1930 - Sinclair Lewis for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters.
1929 - Thomas Mann principially for his great novel, Buddenbrooks, which has won steadily increased recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature.
1928 - Sigrid Undset principially for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages.
1927 - Henri Gergson in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brillant skill with which they have been presented.
1926 - Grazia Deledda (pen-name of Grazia Madesani née Deledda), for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general.
1925 - George Bernard Shaw for his work which is marked by both idealism and humanity, its stimulating satire often being infused with a singular poetic beauty.
1924 - Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont (pen-name of Reyment), for his great national epic, The Peasants.
1923 - William Butler Yeats for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.
1922 - Jacinto Benavente for the happy manner in which he has continued the illustrious traditions of the Spanish drama.
1921 - Anatole France (pen-name of Jaques Anatole Thibault), in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament.
1920 - Knut Pedersen Hamsun for his monumental work, Growth of the Soil.
1919 - Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring.
1918 - The prize money for 1918 was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1917 - The prize was divided equally between: Karl Adolph Gjefferup for his varied and rich poetry, which is inspired by lofty ideals & Henrik Pontoppidan for his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark.
1916 - Carl Gustaf Vernier Von Heidenstam in recognition of his significance as the leading representative of a new era in our literature.
1915 - Romain Rolland as a tribute to the lofty idealism of his literary production and to the sympathy and love of truth with which he has described different types of human beings.
1914 - The prize money for 1914 was allocated to the Special Fund of this prize section.
1913 - Rabindranath Tagore because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with comsummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West.
1912 - Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann primarily in recognition of his fruitful, varied and outstanding production in the realm of dramatic art.
1911 - Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck, in appreciation of his manysided literary activities, and especially of his dramatic works, which are distinguished by a wealth of imagination and by a poetic fancy, which reveals, sometimes in the guise of a fairy tale, a deep inspiration, while in a mysterious way they appeal to the readers' own feelings and stimulate their imaginations.
1910 - Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse as a tribute to the consummate artistry, permeated with idealism, which he has demonstrated during his long productive career as a lyric poet, dramatist, novelist and writer of world-renowned short stories.
1909 - Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlof in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.
1908 - Rudolf Christoph Eucken in recognition of his earnest search for truth, his penetrating power of thought, his wide range of vision, and the warmth and strength in presentation with which in his numerous works he has vindicated and developed an idealistic philosophy of life.
1907 - Rudyard Kipling in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author.
1906 - Giosue Carducci not only in consideration of his deep learning and critical research, but above all as a tribute to the creative energy, freshness of style, and lyrical force which characterize his poetic masterpieces.
1905 - Henryk Sienkiewicz because of his outstanding merits as an epic writer.
1904 - The prize was divided equally between: Frederic Mistral in recognition of the fresh originality and true inspiration of his poetic production, which faithfully reflects the natural scenery and native spirit of his people, and, in addition, his significant work as a Provençal philologist & Jose Echegaray Y Eizaguirre in recognition of the numerous and brilliant compositions which, in an individual and original manner, have revived the great traditions of the Spanish drama.
1903 - Bjornstjerne Martinus Bjornson as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has always been distinguished by both the freshness of its inspiration and the rare purity of its spirit.
1902 - Christian Mattias Theodor Mommsen the greatest living master of the art of historical writing, with special reference to his monumental work, A history of Rome.
1901 - Sully Prudhomme (pen-name of Rene Francois Armand), in special recognition of his poetic composition, which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualitites of both heart and intellect.
The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, was established in 1980 by writers to honor their peers. The award is named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers, and PEN (Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists), the international writers' organization. The award judges, who are themselves writers of fiction, each read more than 250 novels and short story collections published during the calendar year before selecting five outstanding books. The author of the book designated the winner receives $15,000; each of the other nominees receives $5,000.
The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer in the year 1917 and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal, which always goes to a newspaper, although an individual may be named in the citation.
Finalists have been announced since 1980. The Novel category was re-named Fiction in 1947.
2015 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2013 The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
2012 (No Award)
2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding
2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks
2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
2000 Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth
1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford
1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
1991 Rabbit At Rest by John Updike
1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison
1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1982 Rabbit Is Rich by John updike
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole (a posthumous publication)
1980 The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1977 (No Award)
1976 Humboldt's Gift by Saul Bellow
1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The Spur Awards, given annually for distinguished writing about the American West, are among the oldest and most prestigious in American literature. In 1953, when the awards were established by WWA, western fiction was a staple of American publishing. At the time awards were given to the best western novel, best historical novel, best juvenile, and best short story.
Since then the awards have been broadened to include other types of writing about the West. Today, Spurs are offered for the best western novel (short novel), best novel of the west (long novel), best original paperback novel, best short story, best short nonfiction. Also, best contemporary nonfiction, best biography, best history, best juvenile fiction and nonfiction, best TV or motion picture drama, best TV or motion picture documentary, and best first novel (called The Medicine Pipe Bearer's Award).
Bad Country by Craig Johnson, for Best Western Contemporary Novel
Wild Ran the Rivers by James D. Crownover, for Best Western Historical Novel
The Big Drift by Patrick Dearen, for Best Western Traditional Novel
Wild Ran the Rivers by James D. Crownover, for Best First Novel
American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 by Jerome A. Greene, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster by Angela Day, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of Little Bighorn by Philip Burnham, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
"Fingers" by Andrew Geyer, for Best Western Short Fiction
"Calamity Jane: A Life and Legends" by Richard W. Etulain, for Best Western Short Nonfiction
Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke, for Best Western Contemporary Novel
Silent We Stood by Henry Chappell, for Best Western Historical Novel
Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher, for Best Western Traditional Novel
Spider Woman's Daughter by Anne Hillerman, for Best First Novel
Shot all to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape by Mark Lee Gardner, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
"Cabin Fever" by Brett Cogburn, for Best Western Short Fiction
"The Other James Brother" by Mark Lee Gardner, for Best Western Short Nonfiction
With Blood in Their Eyes by Thomas Cobb, for Best Western Long Novel
Tucker's Reckoning by Matthew Mayo, for Best Western Short Novel
The Coyote Tracker by Larry Sweazy, for Best Original Mass Market Paperback
With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, A Mojave Hermit and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History by Deanne Stillman, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
Geronimo by Robert M. Utley, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
"The Hog Whisperer" by John Mort, for Best Western Short Fiction Story
"Marathoner Louis Tewanima and the Continuity of Hopi Running, 1908-1912" by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, for Best Western Short Nonfiction
Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan, for Best Western Long Novel
Legacy of a Lawman by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Western Short Novel
West Texas Kill by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Original Mass Market Paperback
The Mormon Rebellion by David L. Bigler and Will Bagley, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
The Bitter and MR. Brandborg by Frederick H. Swanson, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
George Crook by Paul Magid, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
The Death of Delgado by Rod Miller and The Deacon's Horse by Clay Reynolds, for Best Western Short Fiction Story
The Alamo, Well Remembered by Paul Andrew Hutton, for Best Western Short Nonfiction
Birdie by Candace Simar, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Migrant Mother by Don Nardo, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat by Bryan Langdo, for Best Western Storyteller
•Last Train from Cuernavaca  by Lucia St. Clair Robson, for Best Western Long Novel
•Snowbound  by Richard S. Wheeler, for Best Western Short Novel
•Damnation Road  by Max McCoy, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•The Killing of Crazy Horse  by Thomas Powers, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•The Frontier of Leisure  by Lawrence Culver, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Wolf: The Lives of Jack London  by James L. Hayley, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
• "Bonnie and Clyde in the Backyard" in Glimmer Train  by K.L. Cook, for Best Western Short Fiction
• "The N Bar N Ranch" in Montana: The Magazine of Western History by Roger Di Silvestro, for Best western Short Nonficition
•Moon Over Manifest  by Clare Vanderpool, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Buffalo Bill Cody (Legends of the Wild West)  by Ronald A. Reis, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•A Night on the Range  by Aaron Frisch and Chris Sheban, for Best Western Storyteller
•Echoes of Glory  by Robert Flynn, for Best Western Long Novel
•Far Bright Star  by Robert Olmstead, for Best Western Short Novel
•Stranger in Thunder Basin  by John D. Nesbitt, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Fort Laramie: Military Bastion of the High Plains  by Douglas C. McChristian and Paul L. Hedren, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•The Secret War in El Paso  by Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Peg Leg  by David C. Humphrey, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
• "At the End of the Orchard" in Hardboiled Magazine by John D. Nesbitt, for Best Western Short Fiction
• "Teddy's Ride to Recovery" in Wild West Magazine by Roger Di Silvestro, for Best western Short Nonficition
•Hard Winter: A Western Story  by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•One Sky Above Us by Nancy Plain, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Finding Susie  by Sandra Day O'Connor and Tom Pohrt, for Best Western Storyteller
•Shavetail : A Novel  by Thomas Cobb, for Best Western Long Novel
•Another Man's Moccasins  by Craig Johnson, for Best Western Short Novel
•Trouble at the Redstone  by John D. Nesbitt, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana  by Carol Buchanan, for Best First Novel
•Hunting the American West  by Richard Rattenbury, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Full-Court Quest  by Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Frontiersman: Daniel Boone and the Making of America  by Meredith Mason Brown, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
• "Cornflower Blue" in Untamed Ink by Susan K. Salzer, for Best Western Short Fiction
• "Owen Winster's Paladin of the Plains: The Virginian as a Cultural Hero" by David A. Smith, for Best western Short Nonficition
•I Am Apache  by Tanya Landman, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Trial of Standing Bear  by Frank Keating, Gini Moore Campbell and Mike Wimmer, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•The Wheat Doll  by Alison Randall and Bill Farnsworth, for Best Western Storyteller
•The God of Animals  by Aryn Kyle, for Best Western Long Novel
•Tallgrass  by Sandra Dallas, for Best Western Short Novel
•Hellfire Canyon  by Max McCoy, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Night Birds  by Thomas Maltman, for Best First Novel
•Creating Minnesota  by Anette Atkins, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Lone Star Lawmen  by Robert Marshall Utley, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Gall: Lakota War Chief  by Robert W. Larson, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Crucifixion River  by Marcia Muller, for Best Western Short Fiction
• “Selling the ‘Noble Savage’ Myth" in Kansas History by Joseph B. Herring, for Best western Short Nonficition
•Doubtful Canon: A Western Story  by Johnny D. Boggs, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Sagebrush and Paintbrush  by Nancy Plain, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•The Night Journal  by Elizabeth Crook, for Best Western Long Novel
•The Shape Shifter  by Tony Hillerman, for Best Western Short Novel
•The Horse Creek Incident  by Dusty Richards, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Broken Trail  by Alan Geoffrion, for Best First Novel
•Blood and Thunder  by Hampton Sides, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Copper Chorus  by Denis Swibold, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Crazy Horse  by Kingsley M. Bray, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Commanche  Moon  by Dusty Richards, for Best Western Short Fiction
•Geronimo  by Joseph Bruchac, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Bleeding Kansas and the Violent Clash Over Slavery in the Heartland  by Jeff C. Young, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Tatanka  and the Lakota People  by Donald Montileaux, for Best Western Storyteller
•Across the High Divide  by Laurie Wagner Buyer, for Best Western Poetry
•High Country  by Willard Wyman, for Best Novel of the West
•High Country  by Willard Wyman, for Best First Novel
•Camp Ford  by Johnny Boggs, for Best Western Novel
•Dakota  by Matt Braun, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Ringside Seat to a Revolution  by David Romo, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Buffalo Bill's America  by Louis S. Warren, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Chief Joseph  by Candy Moulton, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Klondike Gold  by Alice Provensen, for Best Western Storyteller
•The First Americans  by Anthony Aveni, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Black Storm Comin'  by Diane Lee Wilson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Voice of the Borderlands  by Drum Hadley, for Best Western Poetry
•Buy the Chief a Cadillac  by Rick Steber, for Best Western Novel
•People of the Raven  by Kathleen O'Neal Gear, for Best Novel of the West
•Vengeance Valley  by Richard S. Wheeler, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Field of Honor  by D.L. Birchfield, for Best First Novel
•Black Kettle  by Thom Hatch, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Beasts of the Field  by Richard Street, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•The Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution  by Charles Harris, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Fire in the Hole  by Mary Farrell, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Rattlesnake Mesa  by Edna Weber, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•A Thousand Miles of Stars  by Walt McDonald, for Best Western Poetry
•Apples to Oregon  by Deborah Hopkinson, for Best Western Storyteller
•On A Silver Desert  by Ernest Haycox, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•River of Shadows  by Rebecca Solnit, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•One Vast Winter Count  by Colin Galloway, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Company  by Brian Hall, for Best Western Novel
•So Wild A Dream  by Win Blevins, for Best Novel of the West
•The Sergeant's Lady  by Miles Swarthout, for Best First Novel
•Plain Language  by Barbara Wright, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Words West  by Ginger Wadsworth, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•In The Eye of the Storm  by E. Kimmel, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Star People  by S.D. Nelson, for Best Western Storyteller
•Wolf Tracks on the Welcome Matt  by Paul Zarzyski, for Best Western Poetry
•The Chili Queen  by Sandra Dallas, for Best Western Novel
•Perma  Red  by Debra Earling, for Best Novel of the West
•Oblivion's Altar  by David Wilkinson, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Sam Houston  by James Haley, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Blood of the Prophets  by Will Bagley, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Dine: A History of the Navajos  by Peter Iverson, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•The Big Burn  by Jeanette Ingold, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Raising La Belle  by Mark Mitchell, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Will Rogers  by Frank Keating, for Best Western Storyteller
•The Way of the Coyote  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
•The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint  by Brady Udall, for Best Novel of the West
•Drum's Ring  by Richard Wheeler, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•American Character  by Mark Thompson, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars  by Robert Remini, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Bone Wars  by Tom Rea, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Rockbuster  by Gloria Skurzynski, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•In the Days of the Vaqueros  by Russell Freedman, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•The Legend of Strap Buckner  by Connie Nordhielm, for Best Western Storyteller
•Blood Sister, I am To These Fields  by Linda Hussa, for Best Western Poetry
•Summer of Pearls  by Mike Blakely, for Best Western Novel
•The Gates of the Alamo  by Stephen Harrigan, for Best Novel of the West
•Bound for the Promise Land  by Troy Smith, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•A River Running West  by Donald Worcester, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Pacific Destiny  by Dale Walker, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•What You See In Clear Water  by Geoffrey O'Gara, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•The Midnight Train Home  by Erika Tamar, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Stories of Young Pioneers in Their Own Words  by Violet Kimball, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Cindy Ellen  by Susan Lowell, for Best Western Storyteller
•Western Settings  by Red Shuttleworth, for Best Western Poetry
•Masterson  by Richard Wheeler, for Best Western Novel
•Prophet Annie  by Ellen Recknor, for Best Novel of the West
•Mine Work  by Jim Davidson, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•A Knight Without Armor  by Felix Almaraz, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Rush for Riches  by J.S. Holliday, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•The Real Wild West  by Michael Wallis, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Wrango  by Brian Burks, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Wild Colorado  by Richard Maurer, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Prairie Train  by Antoine O'Flatharta, for Best Western Storyteller
•Journey of the Dead  by Loren D. Estleman, for Best Western Novel
•The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton  by Jane Smiley, for Best Novel of the West
•Dark Trail  by Hiram King, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Duke  by Ronald Davis, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•The Contested Plains  by Elliott West, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Devil's Bargains  by Hal Rothman, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Petey  by Ben Mikaelson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Cowboy With a Camera  by Don Worcester, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Slim and Miss Prim  by Robert Kinerk, for Best Western Storyteller
•The Kiowa Verdict  by Cynthia Haselhoff, for Best Western Novel
•Comanche Moon  by Larry McMurtry, for Best Novel of the West
•Leaving Missouri  by Ellen Recknor, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Death's Deceivers  by Lynn Bridgers, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•El Lano Estacado  by John Morris, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Big Trouble  by J. Anthony Lukas, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Danger Along the Ohio  by Patricia Willis, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Rattlesnake Dance  by Jennifer Dewey, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Bootmaker  and Elves  by Susan Lowell, for Best Western Storyteller
•Blood of Texas  by Preston Lewis, for Best Western Novel
•Sierra  by Richard Wheeler, for Best Novel of the West
•Potter's Fields  by Frank Roderus, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•John Wesley Hardin  by Leon Metz, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Undaunted Courage  by Stephen Ambrose, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•New Westers  by Michael Johnson, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Far North  by Will Hobbs, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Life and Death of Crazyhorse  by Richard Freedman, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•The Worry Stone  by Marianna Dengler, for Best Western Storyteller
•The Dark Island  by Robert Conley, for Best Western Novel
•Stone Song  by Win Blevins, for Best Novel of the West
•Thunder in the Valley  by Jim woolard, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•General M.G. Vallejo and the Advent of the Americans  by Alan Rosenus, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Seeking Pleasure in the Old West  by David Dary, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•We are a People in This World  by Conger Beasley, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Indio  by Sherry Garland, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Camels for Uncle Sam  by Diane Yancey, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Dandelions  by Eve Bunting, for Best Western Storyteller
•St. Agnes' Stand  by Tom Edison, for Best Western Novel
•The Far Canyon  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Novel of the West
•Survival  by K.C. McKenna, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Hero of Beecher Island  by David Dixon, for Best Western Nonfiction Biography
•Precious Dust  by Paula Marks, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Raven's Exile  by Ellen Meloy, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•A Trail of Tears  by David Fremon, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Friends  by Charles Hackenberry, for Best Western Novel
•Empire of Bones  by Jeff Long, for Best Novel of the West
•The Gila River  by Gary McCarthy, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•The Lance and the Shield  by Robert Utley, for Best Western Nonfiction Historical
•Rivers in the Desert  by Margaret Davis, for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary
•Leaving Eldorado  by JoAnn Mazzio, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Cowboys, Indians, and Gunfighters  by Albert Marrin, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Nickajack  by Robert J. Conley, for Best Western Novel
•Slaughter  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Novel of the West
•The Golden Chance  by T.V. Olsen, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Let Me Be Free  by David Lavender, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Hay Meadow  by Gary Paulsen, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Children of the Dust Bowl  by Jerry Stanley, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Journal of Gun Years  by Richard Matheson, for Best Western Novel
•The Medicine Horn  by Jory Sherman, for Best Novel of the West
•Rage in Chupadera  by Norman Zollinger, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Custer's Last Campaign  by John S. Gray, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Rescue Josh McGuire  by Ben Mikaelsen, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Sanctuary  by Gary Svee, for Best Western Novel
•Home Mountain  by Jeanne Williams, for Best Novel of the West
•The Changing Wind  by Don Coldsmith, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•Helen Hunt Jackson  by Valerie S. Mathes, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Honey Girl  by Madge Harrah, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Woodsong  by Gary Paulsen, Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Fool's Coach  by Richard Wheeler, for Best Western Novel
•Panther in the Sky  by James Alexander, for Best Novel of the West
•Among the Eagles  by G. Clifton Wisler, for Best Original Paperback Novel
•The Great Plains  by Ian Frazier, for Best Western Nonfiction
•My Daniel  by Pam Conrad, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Mattie  by Judy Alter, for Best Western Novel
•The Homesman  by Glendon Swarthout, for Best Novel of the West
•Hoover Dam  by Joseph Stevens, for Best Western Nonfiction
•In the Face of Danger  by Joan Lowry Nixon, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Skinwalker  by Tony Hillerman, for Best Western Novel
•Wanderer Springs  by Robert Flynn, for Best Novel of the West
•Jessie Benton Fremont  by Pamela Herr, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Orphan Train  by Joan Lowry Nixon, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Blind Corral  by Ralph Robert Beer, for Best Western Novel
•Roman  by Douglas C. Jones, for Best Novel of the West
•Paper Medicine Man  by Joseph C. Porter, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Make Way For Sam Houston  by Jean Fritz, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Lonesome Dove  by Larry McMurtry, for Best Western Novel
•The Snowblind Moon  by John Byrne Cooke, for Best Novel of the West
•Phil Sheridan and His Army  by Paul Hutton, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Prairie Songs  by Pam Conrad, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Gone the Dreams and Dancing  by Douglas C. Jones, for Best Western Novel
•Hashknife  Cowboy Recollections of Mach Hughes  by Stella Hughes, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Trapped in Slickrock Canyon  by Gloria Skurzynski, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Leaving Kansas  by Frank Roderus, for Best Western Novel
•Sam Bass  by Bryan Woolley, for Best Novel of the West
•Quarterdeck and Saddlehorn  by Carl Briggs, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Thunder on the Tennessee  by Gary Clifton, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Match Race  by Fred Grove, for Best Western Novel
•Ride the Wind  by Lucia St. Clair, for Best Novel of the West
•Albuquerque: A Narrative History  by Marc Simmons, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Before the Lark  by Irene Brown, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Eye of the Hawk  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
•Aces and Eights  by Loren D. Estleman, for Best Novel of the West
•Cowboy Culture  by David Dary, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Last Run  by Mark Harris, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Riders to Cibola  by Norman Zollinger, for Best Western Novel
•Pueblo, Hardscrabble, Greenhorn  by Janet LeCompte, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The No Return Trail  by Sonia Levitin, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Great Horse Race  by Fred Grove, for Best Western Novel
•Swimming Man Burning  by Terrence Kilpatrick, for Best Novel of the West
•The Cowgirls  by Joyce Roach, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Shepherd Watches, the Shepherd Sings  by Louis Irigaray, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Spirit Horses  by Lou Cameron, for Best Western Novel
•The Kincaids  by Matt Braun, for Best Novel of the West
•The Vanishing Whiteman  by Stan Steiner, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Shootist  by Glendon Swarthout, for Best Western Novel
•Lamy  of Santa Fe  by Paul Horgan, for Best Novel of the West
•Dust of the Earth  by Vera Cleaver, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Ride 'em Cowgirl  by Lynn Haney, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•A Hanging in Sweetwater  by Stephen Overholser, for Best Western Novel
•Colonel Green and the Copper Skyrocket  by C.L. Sonnichsen, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Susy's  Scoundrel  by Harold Keith, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Time it Never Rained  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
•Burnout Fires  by Richard Dillon, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Freedom Trail  by Jeanne Williams, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Red Power on the Rio Grande  by Franklin Folsom, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•A Killing in Kiowa  by Lewis Patten, for Best Western Novel
•The Time of the Buffalo  by Tom McHugh, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Only Earth & Sky Last Forever  by Nathaniel Benchley, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Tiguas  by Stan Steiner, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•The Day the Cowboys Quit  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
•Western Life and Adventures  by Elliot Barker, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Black Mustanger  by Richard Wormser, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Lords of the Earth  by Jules Loh, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•The Last Days of Wolf Garnett  by Clifton Adams, for Best Western Novel
•The Buffalo  by Francis Haines, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Cayuse  Courage  by Evelyn Lampman, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Retreat to the Bear Paw  by Marion Place, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Tragg's  Choice  by Clifton Adams, for Best Western Novel
•The White Man's Road  by Benjamin Capps, for Best Novel of the West
•Boss Cowman  by Nellie Yost, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Meeker Massacre  by Wayne Overholser, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Conquistadores and Pueblos  by Olga Hall-Quest, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Big With Vengeance  by Cecil Snyder, for Best First Novel
•Down the Long Hills  by Louis L'Amour, for Best Western Novel
•The Red Sabbath  by Lewis Patten, for Best Novel of the West
•Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West  by Vardis Fisher, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Middl'un  by Elizabeth Burleson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Valdez Horses  by Lee Hoffman, for Best Western Novel
•The Wolf is My Brother  by Chad Oliver, for Best Novel of the West
•America's Western Frontiers  by John Hawgood, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Half Breed  by Evelyn Lampman, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•To the Pacific with Lewis and Clark  by Ralph Andrist, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•My Brother John  by Herbert Purdum, for Best Western Novel
•Hellfire Jackson  by Garland Roarke, for Best Novel of the West
•America's Frontier Heritage  by Ray Billington, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Valley of the Smallest  by Aileen Fisher, for Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction
•Sam Chance  by Benjamin Capps, for Best Western Novel
•Gold in California  by Todhunter Ballard, for Best Novel of the West
•The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest  by Alvin Josephy, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Stubborn One  by Rutherford Montgomery, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Trail to Ogallala  by Benjamin Capps, for Best Western Novel
•Indian Fighter  by E.E. Halleran, for Best Novel of the West
•Ride a Northbound Horse  by Richard Wormser, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Follow the Free Wind  by Leigh Brackett, for Best Western Novel
•Gates of the Mountains  by Will Henry, for Best Novel of the West
•The Bonanza West  by William S. Greever, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Comanche Captives  by Fred Groves, for Best Western Novel
•Great Surveys of the American West  by R.A. Bartlett, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Western Horse  by Natlee Kenoyer, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Honyocker  by Giles Lutz, for Best Western Novel
•The Winter War  by William Haines, for Best Novel of the West
•The Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill  by Don Russell, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Nameless Breed  by Will Brown, for Best Western Novel
•From Where the Sun Now Stands  by Will Henry, for Best Novel of the West
•South Pass 1868  by Lola Homsher, for Best Western Nonfiction
•The Horse Talker  by Jeanne Williams, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•The Long Run  by Nelson Nye, for Best Western Novel
•The Buffalo Soldiers  by John Prebble, for Best Novel of the West
•Day of San Jacinto  by Frank Tolbert, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Their Shining Hour  by Ramona Weeks, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Shortcut to Red River  by Noel Loomis, for Best Western Novel
•The Fancher Train  by Amelia Bean, for Best Novel of the West
•Cripple Creek Days  by Mabel Lee, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Steamboat Up the Missouri  by Dale White, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Buffalo Wagons  by Elmer Kelton, for Best Western Novel
•Silver Mountain  by Dan Cushman, for Best Novel of the West
•This is the West  by Robert Howard, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Wolf Brother  by Jim Kjelgaard, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•High Gun  by Leslie Ernenwein, for Best Western Novel
•Generations of Men  by John Hunt, for Best Novel of the West
•Men to Match My Mountains  by Irving Stone, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Trapping the Silver Beaver  by Charles Niehuis, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Somewhere They Die  by L.P. Holmes, for Best Western Novel
•The Violent Land  by Wayne Overholser, for Best Western Novel
•Journey by the River  by John Prescott, for Best Novel of the West
•Bent's Fort  by David Lavender, for Best Western Nonfiction
•Young Hero of the Range  by Stephen Payne, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
•Lawman  by Lee Leighton, for Best Western Novel
•The Wheel and the Hearth  by Lucia Moore, for Best Novel of the West
•Sagebrush Sorrel  by Frank C. Robertson, for Best Western Juvenile Fiction
Author/Illustrator Beth Gully Ambigram Demonstration and Book Signing
Families are invited to watch as Beth demonstrates her unique way of looking at words and image by creating an ambigram. She is one of approximately 100 professional ambigram (upside-down images) designers worldwide.
December 5th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Open seating. All ages welcome.
The library has Book Clubs Kits that can be checked out for four-week lending periods. They are housed at Franklin and can be requested by asking a staff member to reserve a kit.
The number of copies vary per title.
Adult Book Club Kits: