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

One book I’ve been looking forward to is Max Evans memoir Goin’ Crazy with Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends as told to Robert Nott (University of New Mexico Press). Congrats to Max who is also celebrating his 90th birthday in August!

Congratulations to all the 2014 WWA Spur Award Fiction and Nonfiction book winners:

Best Western—Contemporary Novel

Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster)

Best Western—Historical Novel

Silent We Stood by Henry Chappell (Texas Tech University Press)

Best Western—Traditional Novel

Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher (Pegasus)

Best First Novel

Spider Woman’s Daughter By Anne Hillerman (HarperCollins)

Best Western Nonfiction—Historical

Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape by Mark Lee Gardner (William Morrow/HarperCollins).

Best Western Nonfiction—Contemporary

Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott (University of Washington Press)

Best Western Nonfiction—Biography

Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Go to for more information on all the nominees and their books.

—Stuart Rosebrook

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