March 19, 2013
's "With Blood in Their Eyes" won the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Long Novel, and
Robert M. Utley
's "Geronimo" won for Best Western Nonfiction-Biography, Western Writers of America has announced.
It is Cobb's second Spur and Utley's third. The
University of Arizona
Press published "With Blood in Their Eyes."
Press published "Geronimo."
Since 1953, Western Writers of America has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, selected by panels of judges. Awards, for material published last year, are given for works whose inspiration, image and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West. Previous winners include
Lucia St. Clair Robson
Winners and finalists in 17 categories will be honored
at the WWA convention in
Las Vegas, Nev.
all won their third Spurs, with Bagley's "With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849-1852" (
University of Oklahoma
Press) for Best Western Nonfiction-Historical, Plain's "Light on the Prairie:
Solomon D. Butcher
, Photographer of
's Pioneer Days" (
University of Nebraska
Press) for Best Western Nonfiction-Juvenile and Shuttleworth's "
" (Riverhouse) for Best Western Poem.
's "Panhandle" (Pinnacle) won for Best First Novel, and
's "Django Unchained" claimed Best Western Drama Script.
: "Tucker's Reckoning" by
(New American Library).
: "Wide Open" by
(illustrated children's book): "Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat" by author
Mass Market Paperback
: "The Coyote Tracker" by
: "Ring of Fire" by Cotton Smith (Books in Motion).
: "Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History" by
Short Fiction Story
: "The Hog Whisperer" by
(Flint Hills Review).
: "Marathoner Louis Tewanima and the Continuity of Hopi Running, 1908-1912" by
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
(Western Historical Quarterly).
: "The Dust Bowl" by
is Burnin'" by
Jim Jones Music
) and "Any Name Will Do" by
For a complete list of winners and finalists, log on to
SOURCE Western Writers of America