What happened to the long fourth weekend? It was gone in two seconds. I keep picking up books, putting books down, forgetting which ones I’ve started, starting new ones and basically not getting anything read.
So for some Okie book news, the Western Writers of America have met, awarded book awards and gone home for this year. A really nice honor was given to the University of Oklahoma Press by way of the WWA Lariat Award. For the complete Roundup issue, http://www.westernwriters.org/2009_June_Roundup.pdf
I’ve posted about Full-Court Quest on the Reading Oklahoma blog. Also note the Frank Keating children’s book The Trial of Standing Bear won Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction.
And a great book for a “guy read” is Hunting the American West: The Pursuit of Big Game for Life, Profit, and Sport, 1800-1900. I looked this one over and thought it was really interesting and I’m not a game hunter. David Dary, one of the Oklahoma Center for the Book Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award Winners, was a finalist in this same category for Frontier Medicine.
Oklahomans appear in the Western Writers of America almost as often as they appear on the County Music Awards.
We just bought the Craig Johnson book, Dark Horse, which I’m going to find and checkout. His novel, Another Man’s Moccasins,won the Best Western Short Novel. Maybe it’s time to take up a western. Even one by a Wyoming native.