Us readin’ folks at Ivanhoe this month are focusing on the Western fiction – escapist fun for ya city-slickers out yonder.
For the greenhorns out there Western fiction is a genre of literature set in the American Old West frontier and typically set from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. Particularly well-known writers include Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour .
The peak for westerns was around the early 1960s when TV westerns such as Bonanza were huge but as a genre it has never really gone away and is still popular, especially in Large Print.
One interesting website for lovers of Western Fiction is that of the Western Writers of America (WWA). The WWA was established in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and is the home of the Spur Awards – winners of the award include Larry McMurtry for Lonesome dove and Michael Blake for Dances with wolves. You can see a full listing on their website here.
Other lists on other websites that may be interesting are A Directory of Western Authors and Western Writers of America's 100 Greatest Westerns. The latter on the internet movie database (IMBD) - so many of those movies are still available as DVDs.
However if you like to read - ya’ll pony up, skedaddle and get to the library!