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

Biography Winner: Philip Burnham’s Song of Dewey Beard: Last Survivor of the Little Bighorn (University of Nebraska Press).

Finalists Biography: Larry D. Ball’s Tom Horn in Life and Legend and Richard W. Etulain’s The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane (both University of Oklahoma Press).

Historical Nonfiction Winner: Jerome A. Greene’s  American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 (University of Oklahoma Press).

Historical Nonfiction Finalists: David L. Caffey’s Chasing the Santa Fe Ring: Power and Privilege in Territorial New Mexico (University of New Mexico Press) and Will Bagley’s South Pass: Gateway to a Continent (University of Oklahoma Press).

Best First Nonfiction Book: Jefferson Glass’s Reshaw: The Life & Times of John Baptiste Richard (High Plains Press).

Best Western Historical Novel and Best First Novel: James D. Crownover’s Wild Ran the Rivers (Five Star Publishing).

Finalists Best Western Historical Novel: Jane Kirkpatrick’s A Light in the Wilderness (Revell) and Michael McGarrity’s Backlands (Dutton).

Traditional Novel Winner: Patrick Dearen’s The Big Drift (TCU Press).

Finalists Traditional Novel: Michael Zimmer’s The Poacher’s Daughter and J.D. March’s Dance with the Devil (both Five Star Publishing).

For a complete list of all 2015 Spur Award winners, please visit WesternWriters.org.

—Stuart Rosebrook


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