2022 WRMA Finalists

Titles (listed in alphabetical order of author's last name)

are followed by author's name and publisher (in parenthesis)

*Final rankings will be announced at the WRMA Award Ceremony October 29, 2022*


 

WESTERN BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIRS

*The Lady and the Mountain Man by Chris Enss (TwoDot)

*The Life and Times of Jo Mora by Peter Hiller (Gibbs Smith Books)

*The Lady Makes Boots by Carol A. Lipscomb (Texas Tech University

  Press)

*Geronimo and Sitting Bull: Leaders of the Legendary West by Bill

  Markley (TwoDot)

*Back-Tracking in Memory: The Life of Charles M. Russell, Artist by Tom

  Petrie & Brian Dippie (CM Russell Museum/Sweetgrass Books)

WESTERN NON-FICTION

*Confederates and Comancheros: Skullduggery and Double-Dealing in

  the Texas-New Mexico Borderlands by James Bailey Blackshear and

  Glen Sample Ely (University of Oklahoma Press)

*Military Wives in Arizona Territory: A History of Women Who

  Shaped the Frontier by Jan Cleere (TwoDot)

*Iron Women: The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad by Chris

  Enss (TwoDot)

*Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Its Legacy of Lies, and the

  Taking of the American West by Blaine Harden (Viking)

*The Savior of Deadwood by David Wolff (South Dakota Historical

  Society Press)

WESTERN NONFICTION - YOUNG READERS-ILLUSTRATED

*The Heart of a Cowgirl by Mary Fichtner; illustrated by Roslan

  Fichtner (Fichtner)

*Cowboys, Cow Chips and Taradiddles by Darby Karchut; Illustrated by

  Wes Karchut (Copper Square Studios)

*Montana History for Kids in 50 Objects: With 50 Fun Activities!

  Written and illustrated by Steph Lehmann (Farcountry Press)

WESTERN FICTION - YOUNG READERS - ILLUSTRATED

*Cocoa: The Miniature Dwarf Horse by Dove Morgan Schmidt;

  illustrated by Sabra Arnold (Pivot Point)

*Charlie Russell and the Gnomes of Bull Head Lodge by Emily

  Crawford Wilson; illustrated by Jeanne Bowman (South Dakota

  Historical Society Press)

WESTERN INSPIRATIONAL FICTION

*A River for Gemma by Debra Whiting Alexander (The Wild Rose

  Press)

*Rusty’s Remuda by Sally Harper Bates (Arizona Cowboy Connection)

*The Rancher’s Legacy by Susan Page Davis (Scrivenings Press)

*Haunted Border by Patrick Dearen (Five Star Publishing;

  Gale/Cengage)

*The Songstress by Lori Bates Wright (Sierra Vista Books)

WESTERN FICTION - TRADITIONAL

*The Unredeemed by D. László Conhaim (Broken Arrow Press)

*Never Let Go: Survival of the Lake Shetek Women by Pamela

  Nowak (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*Old Dogs by Ron Schwab (Leafcutter Publishing Group)

*Lost Mountain Pass by Larry D. Sweazy (Kensington)

*Indigo Heaven by Mark Warren (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

WESTERN FICTION - MODERN

*The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick (Revell)

*The Okies' Daughters by Deanna Dickinson McCall (White Bird

  Publications)

*Far Blue Mountains by Max McNabb (McNabb)

*Winter Seeks Out the Lonely by Larry D. Sweazy (Five Star;

  Gale/Cengage)

*Rescuing Hope by Heidi M. Thomas (Suncatcher Publications)

WESTERN SHORT STORIES

*“The Book Mama” by Charlotte Hinger from Librarians of the West:

  A Quartet (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*“Cold the Bitter Heart” by Phil Mills, Jr. from Perilous Frontier:

   A Quartet of Crime in the Old West (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*“The Running Day” by Richard Prosch from Saddlebag Dispatches

   (Saddlebag Dispatches)

*“Too Much Dancing Going On” by Randi Samuelson-Brown from

   Librarians of the West: A Quartet (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*“Terrible and Wonderful” by Candace Simar from Librarians of the

   West: A Quartet (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*“The Cowboy, the Librarian and the Broomsman” by Mark Warren

   from Librarians of the West: A Quartet (Five Star Publishing;

   Gale/Cengage)

WESTERN ROMANCE

*Along Came Jenny by Harlan Hague (Wolfpack)

*Holiday Hope by Shanna Hatfield (Wholesome Hearts)

*Sadie by Shanna Hatfield (Wholesome Hearts)

*Imperfect Promise by Susanna Lane (Five Star Publishing;

  Gale/Cengage)

*The Caballero’s Son by Anne Schroeder (Five Star Publishing;

  Gale/Cengage)

WESTERN FICTION - YOUNG READERS

*Cow Boyhood by S.J. Dahlstrom (Paul Dry Books)

*The Snatcher by E.S. Jameson (Paper Trail Publishing)

*Silver Grass by John D. Nesbitt (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*Bats, Bandits & Buggies by Nancy Oswald (Burro Books)

*Forging Through Unknowns by K.B. Taylor (Boot Top Books)

WESTERN NONFICTION - YOUNG READERS

*Why Cows Need Cowboys edited by Nancy Plain & Rocky Gibbons

  (TwoDot)

WESTERN COOKBOOKS

*It’s a Cowboy Christmas by Sally Harper Bates (Arizona Cowboy

  Connection)

*Keep ‘Em Full and Keep ‘Em Rollin’: The All-American Chuck Wagon

  Cookbook by Natalie Bright (TwoDot)

*Cooking With Gas: The Quiet Revolution in Texas Kitchens by Charles

  Williams (Cowbarn Cowboy)

WESTERN MAVERICK

*Lakota Cowboy by John Hafnor (Speaking Volumes)

*Downriver South by Greg Hunt (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*Blue Man by John L. Moore (Stageline Productions/Booklocker)

*The Trial of Billy the Kid by David G. Thomas (Doc45 Publishing)

WESTERN MYSTERY

*The Wolf Hunt: A Tale of the Texas Badlands by Will Brandon (Five

  Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*Daughter of the Morning Star by Craig Johnson (Viking)

*Tahoe Gunfight by G. Wayne Tilman (Wolfpack)

*Miners’ Moon: A Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery by Julie

  Weston (Five Star Publishing; Gale/Cengage)

*Laying Bones by Reavis Z. Wortham (Source Books/Poisoned Pen

  Press)

WESTERN HUMOR

*Murder at Buckskin Joe by J.v.L. Bell (Reverberant Media)

*Cat Tales of the Old West: Poems, Puns & Perspectives on Frontier

  Felines by Preston Lewis (Bariso Press)

*Four Miles West of Nowhere by John Phillips (Pronghorn Press)

COWBOY POETRY - WRITTEN

*Deep Tracks by Marleen Bussma (Dammeron Valley Publishing)

*After Sundown by Betty Lynne McCarthy (Sunlit Silver Bit

  Publishing)

*Heart of the Prairie by Bruce Roseland (Scurfpea Publishing)

COWBOY POETRY - RECORDED

*Deep Tracks by Marleen Bussma (Dammeron Valley Publishing)

*Dove Tales: Cowgirl Poetry by Dove Morgan Schmidt by Dove Morgan

  Schmidt (Schmidt)

WESTERN PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAYS

*The Oklahomans: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People by John J.

  Dwyer (Red River Press)

*Happy Trails: A Pictorial Celebration of the Life and Times of Roy

  Rogers and Dale Evans by Chris Enss and Howard Kazanjian

  (Trafalgar Square)

*The Long Trail Home Written and edited by CJ Hadley & Carolyn

  Dufurrena (RANGE Magazine)