The Owen Wister Award has a convoluted history, shifting its purpose several times since its 1961 debut as the Saddleman Award. Originally a purely literary award, named for writer Owen Wister, considered the “father” of Western Literature, now it’s considered one of the most prestigious prizes given by Western Writers of America for “Outstanding Contributions to the American West.”
Award winners include director John Ford, popular novelists Louis L‘Amour and Elmer Kelton, actors John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
And now, our own historian Will Bagley, most famous for his deeply researched account of the notorious Mountain Meadows Massacre, Blood of the Prophets, but also author, with David L. Bigler, of The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, and dozens of other erudite but readable books about the development of the West and Utah’s peculiar beginnings.
That’s right. Eastwood. Wayne. Bagley.
Want to know more about where you live? Check out Bagley’s books. We love to find them at local booklorist Ken Sanders’ rare book store. 268 S. 200 East, SLC, 801-521-3819, kensandersbooks.com
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