Rough Drafts

Rough Drafts 9/15

In June, I attended the Western Writers of America annual conference in Lubbock, Texas. The thriving city of the Southern Plains not only lives up to its nickname, “Hub City,” as the crossroads of West Texas, but also as a “hub” for historians and writers researching Southwestern history.

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Rough Drafts 8/15

A century ago, World War I was raging across Europe. Revolution had erupted in Mexico and China, and Ireland and Russia would soon boil over in revolt as well.

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Rough Drafts 9/14

Looking for love? A romantic at heart? How about an Old West Romance!?

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Rough Drafts 7/15

Congratulations to the Western Writers of America annual Spur Award winners in biography, nonfiction and fiction presented in Lubbock, Texas, June 23-27.

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Rough Drafts 8/14

The summer is heating up and publishers are beginning to release news on their fall catalogs.

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Rough Drafts 6/15

The Western Writers of America annual conference this month in Lubbock, Texas, will honor a writer I hold in great esteem, Win Blevins, with the organization’s highest award, the Owen Wister Award.

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Rough Drafts 7/14

During the recent Arizona History Convention in Prescott, Arizona, a group of us were treated to keynote speaker Paul Andrew Hutton (who is on deadline to complete his magnum opus, Lords of Apacheria) and Tom Horn biographer, Larry D. Ball, discussing the Apache Wars, Al Sieber and Tom Horn.

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Rough Drafts 5/15

Over the decades, numerous pundits and pessimists have announced the end of the West, Western films, Western novels, Western music and Western culture. The fact is that the West—and what it was, what it is and what it might be—is in the news every day in film and television, in print, on the radio and the Internet.

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Rough Drafts 6/14

For the second year, True West staff presence at the Tucson Festival of Books was a great success.

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Rough Drafts 4/15

Fans of Western publishing enjoyed a banner year in books in 2014. In 2015, I am convinced that fans of the Old West will find their bookshelves overflowing with great books.

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Rough Drafts 5/14

The sound and the fury: Quentin Tarantino threw a fit and filed suit when his script The Hateful Eight was leaked on the Internet. Too bad. He is one of the few filmmakers creating Westerns like his muses Budd Boetticher, Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah.

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Rough Drafts 3/15

This year True West marks the conclusion of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War—the beginning of the post-war West, and the 125th memorial of the Battle of Wounded Knee—

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Rough Drafts 4/14

In True West’s annual “Best of the West” January 2014 issue, I highlighted the best authors and books of 2013. A new category I’d like to introduce in 2014 is the best in independent/self-publishing, a growing and important option for many Western writers of numerous genres of local history, fiction and family history. Here are three titles published late last year that I recommend:

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Rough Drafts 2/15

Winter is a wonderful time to plan a trip to the West—and take along a reading list to match:

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Rough Drafts 3/14

My best Western combo for this winter: Glendon Swarthout’s The Homesman, a novel re-released on Valentine’s Day by Simon & Schuster and an upcoming movie adapted by its star and director, Tommy Lee Jones.

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Rough Drafts 12/14

A flurry of top-notch beautiful Western art and photography books published this fall are perfect for the gift-giving holiday season. I recommend these for that special person in your life (maybe you) who loves the West:

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Rough Drafts 2/14

From the previews of Western fiction and nonfiction I am receiving, 2014 promises to be a big year for all of us. Fans of Western books should attend the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16. True West will have a booth right next door to the Western Writers of America and we hope if you attend, you’ll stop by and say hello. We’d love to meet you.

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Rough Drafts 11/14

“Where does the West begin or end?”

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Rough Drafts 1/14

Western Books Roundup 2013: Ten that Got Away

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Rough Drafts 10/14

As summer turns to fall, my memories of the annual June gathering of Western Writers of America inspire me every day. A highlight of the conference was during the Spur Awards banquet when Executive Director Candy Moulton and emcee Cherokee-American actor Clu Gulager remembered their mutual friend, the late Cherokee author Robert Conley,

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Rough Drafts 12/13

I love bookstores. During college, I worked for Dutton’s Books in North Hollywood, California.

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