Reviews and Blog Posts: Westerns

2014 Spur Awards

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

The Spur Award was initiated in 1953 by the Western Writers of America to recognize the best in Western fiction. Over the years, the award grew in number to acknowledge the diversity of Western literature for adults, teens, and children. If you are looking for a story "full of souls filled with concern, fear, joy and desire," you won't be disappointed with one of these award winning Westerns.

Law of the desert born : a graphic novel

by Charles Santino

DPL Rating:
4

This graphic novel by Louis L’Amour and adapted by Charles Santino is a great introduction to the genre of westerns. This novel is a good old-fashioned tale about the law of the land, human nature and range war. While it is a quick read, those who like westerns will still...

Hondo

by Louis L'Amour

DPL Rating:
2

Louis L'Amour is probably the most prolific writer of Westerns who ever lived, weighing in at 89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and 2 nonfiction works. His short story "The Gift of Cochise" was made into Hondo—a film starring John Wayne—which L'Amour then novelized as Hondo based on the film's screenplay. Hondo was a success...

The Sackett brand : a novel

by Louis L'Amour

DPL Rating:
3

In the "About the Author" blurb, L'Amour is quoted as wanting to be remembered as a storyteller, sitting around the campfire weaving his tales. If The Sackett Brand is any indicator, L'Amour is indeed a good storyteller.

True grit : a novel.

by Charles Portis

DPL Rating:
3

I generally don't read Westerns, but I had heard that True Grit is well-written and funny.  It was exciting, and the characters were likeable and entertaining.  The book begins when Mattie Ross sets off to square her father's account in Fort Smith, Arkansas, after he is killed by his hired hand.  Through...

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

A Cyborg Walks Into a Saloon: The Weird West

The Good, the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams

The Weird Western may not be a genre you are overly familiar with, but because of its growing popularity and unforgettable characters I recommend hunkerin' down for a spell with a handful of books and films that are fine examples of all the Weird West has to offer.

What is the Weird West you ask? The Weird West takes all your favorite nuggets from genres such as Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy and puts in them in an American West setting (or off-world in a place very much like the American West) and tells a story in a gritty and descriptive language that propels readers through each action-packed moment.

Weird West Books:

Cowboy Crazy

Cover for A Cowboy Under My Christmas Tree by Janet Dailey

Frazzled just thinking about the holidays? From Montana to Texas, the cowboy rules hearts so take time out to enjoy a western flavored romance!

These new titles will have you racing to the end.  Need help finding a romance title? We are happy to help!

Bring Fresh To Your City Life This Week

Whether it's a seeing a classic film, learning a fibers technique or enjoying a fantastic concert -- Fresh City Life has a little something for everyone this week. 

Tonight is our ongoing celebration for the Denver Public Library's Film Series 10th Anniversary. In the second installment of our Westward the Women collection, we'll be showing Destry Rides Again, a film that marked Marlene Dietrich's Triumpahnt return to the screen after several near career-ending films. The series continues for two more weeks: next films up are The Harvey Girls and Johnny Guitar (with Joan Crawford as the head cowgirl!) Showtime 6p in the B2 Conference Center.

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Clint Eastwood

Born on this day in 1930, Clint Eastwood has wowed audiences for decades with his acting and directing talents. Proving that age is not a deterrent to success, Mr. Eastwood was not nominated for an Academy Award, as an actor or a director, until he was 62.

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