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Rough Drafts 5/14

/Stuart-Rosebrook_rough-draftsThe 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 4/14

Stuart-Rosebrook_historian-western-writer_editor_True-West-MagazineIn 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 8/13

Searching for the West, real and imagined, is a theme of our authors and contributors this month. One of the best ways to experience the West is through the observations of today’s generation of chroniclers.

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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 6/13

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana revealed exciting news at our True Westerner celebration honoring them, on March 9, during Arizona’s Tucson Festival of Books. The party afforded them the opportunity to meet Michael Wallis, whose book, David Crockett: The Lion of the West, they both love. They love it so much, in fact, they announced they might make it into a script!

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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 5/13

Word has reached us that Oklahoma’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will bestow its prestigious Western Heritage Award for nonfiction book on the 2012 blockbuster Geronimo (Yale University Press) by Robert M. Utley.

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Rough Drafts 1/14

Western Books Roundup 2013: Ten that Got Away

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Rough Drafts 3/13

It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for a quarter of a century, but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of novelist Louis L’Amour.

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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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Rough Drafts 1/13

The e-book phenomenon is bringing new riches for Western authors. “It was all the idea of publishers in New York that the public didn’t like Westerns,” says Velda Brotherton, author of the historical romance Wilda’s Outlaw (Wild Rose Press). “But in New York, they don’t know what is going on in the middle of the country—here in the ‘flyover zone.’ Out here, they’re popular.”

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Rough Drafts 11/13

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War has produced numerous new volumes on the bloody conflict, but recent publications on the effects of the war in the West are hard to find. My hope is that we will see more in the next two years.

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Rough Drafts 12/12

If a particular literary mode in Western nonfiction wins high marks for achievement in the early part of this decade, it will be biographies.  We’ve seen already that individuals whom we thought we knew inside and out can still be fodder for major bios: Quanah Parker in Empire of the Summer Moon, Geronimo in Robert Utley’s fresh narrative account

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Rough Drafts 10/13

Almost all of True West’s readers polled say they are fanatics of historical Western nonfiction and Investigating History, and that they keep reading us every month because of our coverage of Western icons such as Wyatt Earp.

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Rough Drafts 11/12

We’re approaching the end of a landmark year in Western book publishing, and the beginning of another. With so many great projects out there for us to scout for you, True West is dedicating more pages and more energy to our Western Books coverage than ever in our history.

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Rough Drafts 9/13

Readers will enjoy author Max Evans’s insightful views of life, nature and writing the tragic comedy in Building Your Western Library. As the new Western Books editor, I plan to share with you my love of good writing and books in Bunkhouse Books and timely book news from the modern Grapevine Telegraph.

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