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Reading Recommendations: Western

This guide provides the resources to assist you in locating what to read next. Browse the resources below or check with the Reference Librarian at your Delaware Public Library for Reader's Advisory assistance.

A western is a novel or collection of stories set in 19th century frontier America with a strong, self-reliant central character; simple plots; full of action; often involves cowboys, cavalrymen, lawmen and outlaws of the Old West. (Steve Bennett)

2022 Spur Awards

The Spur Awards are given annually by the Western Writers of America for distinguished writing about the American West. March 2022

2021 Willa Award

Awarded by the Women Writing the West for outstanding literature featuring women's stories set in the west. Oct. 2021

Previous Award winners