August 07

From the desk of Nancy Plain

I just returned from a
weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, where a terrific group of Western history readers
and writers had gathered for the Will Rogers Medallion Awards. This
organization, originally founded to honor cowboy poetry but now honoring works
of Western literature and film as well, was also celebrating its tenth
anniversary.  Executive Director Charles
Williams and the WRMA committee hosted a fine celebration, which included a
book signing on Saturday, July 27, and an awards presentation and delicious lunch
the following day. Actor and Fort Worth native Barry Corbin was master of
ceremonies and he spoke with a lot of passion about how the history of this
country is the history of the
West—and if we ever lose sight of that, we take the chance at also losing an
important part of the American spirit. Dean Smith, another native Texan as well
as Olympic gold medal winner and famous stunt man, was in attendance, too, as
was Steve Law, the current president of the Tennessee-based ReadWest
Foundation, which is a generous supporter of the WRMA.

I was truly honored that my book Light on the Prairie won in the category of juvenile nonfiction. Other
winners included D. B. Jackson, for his novel Unbroke Horses, Kenneth R. Stevens in the Western nonfiction category for The Texas Legation Papers, and cowboy
poet George Rhoades, for his collection Along
the Chisholm Trail
. For a complete list of the winners visit the website.

My two days in Texas were unforgettable, and being a part of this group only
proved to me the truth of something Will Rogers once said: “A man only learns
by two things: one is reading, and the other is association with smarter
people”!

-Nancy Plain

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