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,

who had received the WWA’s highest honor, the Owen Wister Award, just weeks before he died earlier this year.

I also met a great group of publishers who are keeping the West alive with their deep lists of fiction and non-fiction Western authors:

Five Star has a great stable of new and established Western and Frontier fiction authors.

Galaxy Press publishes L. Ron Hubbard’s classic Westerns.

High Hill Press is a fast-growing publisher of traditional Westerns.

Pinnacle is an imprint of Kensington, the largest, independent New York-based publisher of Westerns.

Pen-L is a small independent publisher with a strong list of Western authors.

University of Oklahoma Press, the premier press in Western history, has it all.

I also highly recommend downloading WWA’s new free App at, which gives an on-the-go directory to WWA authors’ publications.

—Stuart Rosebrook

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