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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.

The Weird Wild West

Westerns are alive and kicking, with many of their beloved elements cropping up in cross-overs with mystery, fantasy, SF, and horror stories. Dig your spurs into some wild new-fangled Western reads, pardners!


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)

2023 Spur Awards

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

2023 Willa Award

Awarded by the Women Writing the West for outstanding literature featuring women's stories set in the west. October 2023.

Previous Award Winners