Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies

Forty-nine years after the founding of the Western Literature Association and Western American Literature, scholarship of the literary West is thriving in both quantity and quality. To honor outstanding, single-author scholarly books on the literature and culture of the American West, the Western Literature Association seeks nominations for the annual Thomas J. Lyon Book Award. Books qualifying for this monetary award will have a 2013 publication date.

TO QUALIFY FOR THIS AWARD, BOOKS MUST

* have a 2013 publication date
* be an outstanding, single-author, book-length study on the literature and culture of the American West

The past presidents of the Western Literature Association sponsor this award and invite you TO NOMINATE A BOOK FOR THIS AWARD.

You will need to submit a statement of support by June 15, 2014.

Readers who want to nominate a book can send nominations to

Melody Graulich, WLA Awards Coordinator
3200 Old Main Hill
Logan UT  84322-3200

Self-nominating authors and presses, please send books directly to the committee members:

Sara Spurgeon, Committee Chair
3213 27th Street
Lubbock TX 79410

Randi Tanglen
Austin College
900 N. Grand Ave.
Suite 61646
Sherman, Texas 75090

Daniel Worden
Department of English
University of New Mexico
MSC03 2170
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Nominations are due by June 15, 2014

Please contact Melody Graulich for any questions you might have regarding this award.

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The WLA’s Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies recipients

YearRecipientPublication
2013Annette KolodnyIn Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery
2012Daniel WordenMasculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism
2011Krista ComerSurfer Girls in the New World Order
2010John BeckDirty Wars: Landscape, Power, and Waste in Western American Literature
2009Tom LynchXerophelia: Ecocritical Explorations in Southwestern Literature
2008Robert McKee IrwinBandits, Captives, Heroines, and Saints: Cultural Icons of Mexico's Northwest Borderlands
2007 John-Michael RiveraThe Emergence of Mexican America: Recovering Stories of Mexican Peoplehood in US Culture
2006David Dorado RomoRingside Seat to a Revolution: An Underground Cultural History of El Paso and Juárez 1893-1923
2005Stephanie LeMenagerManifest and Other Destinies: Territorial Fictions of the Nineteenth-Century United States (University of Nebraska Press, 2004)
2004Nathaniel LewisUnsettling the Literary West: Authenticity and Authorship (University of Nebraska Press, 2003)
2003Audrey GoodmanTranslating Southwestern Landscapes: The Making of an Anglo Literary Region (University of Arizona Press, 2002)
2002James M. CahalanEdward Abbey: A Life (University of Arizona Press, 2001)
2001Gary ScharnhorstBret Harte: Opening the American Literary West (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000)
2000Susan RosowskiBirthing a Nation: Gender, Creativity, and the West in American Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 1999)
1999Thomas PilkingtonState of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture (Texas A&M University Press, 1998)
1998Andrew ElkinsThe Great Poem of the Earth: A Study of the Poetry of Thomas Hornsby Ferril (University of Idaho Press, 1997)

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