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WWA Announce the 2014 Spur Award Winners

A complete list of winners and finalists can be found on the Western Writers of America website.

Spider woman's daughter by Anne Hillerman

Shot all to hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the wild West's greatest escape by Mark Lee Gardner

Light of the world by James Lee Burke

Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher

Yosemite's songster: one coyote's story by Ginger Wadsworth ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

Jack London: an American life by Earle Labor


Great Book Adaptations on Turner Classic Movies

Read the book? See the movie. Throughout the month of November, Turner Classic Movies is featuring film adaptations of well-known novels. The films run 24 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. A variety of themes are featured including Southern Novels, Adventure, American Literature, Westerns, Science Fiction and more. Stories for Children and Young Adults will be shown all day on Thanksgiving Day.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

Have Gun, Will Travel

Time for a nostalgia trip! The library has all episodes of the first three seasons (of six, from 1957-1963) of the Richard Boone western, Have Gun Will Travel. I checked out Season Two, Disc One and found a few surprises among some nice memories. What impressed me the most was how much story they could pack into a half-hour drama (something like 23 minutes without commercials). The writers for all six episodes were different, including one by Gene Roddenberry. And then there was Charles Bronson guesting in "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk." It's a Cyrano de Bergerac-like tale with Bronson not playing a tough guy, but instead a love-struck, tongue-tied rancher. At the close of each episode, I could almost hear my parents telling me it's time for bed, to which I would respond, "Aw, can't I stay up for Gunsmoke?"