It's the dog days of summer and you may feel like reading, but nothing too taxing. Short stories collections are a good choice.
Full dark, no stars [large print] by Stephen King
Summer brides [large print] by Susan Wiggs, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Mallery
Coronado [large print]: stories by Dennis Lehane
Some days you get the bear [large print] by Lawrence Block
A complete list of winners and finalists can be found on the Western Writers of America website.
Spider woman's daughter by Anne Hillerman
Light of the world by James Lee Burke
Crossing Purgatory by Gary Schanbacher
Yosemite's songster: one coyote's story by Ginger Wadsworth ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci
Jack London: an American life by Earle Labor
Everything begins and ends at the Kentucky Club by stories by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Salt, sugar, fat: how the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss
The sisters brothers [sound recording] by Patrick Dewitt
The Confessions of Al Capone by Loren D. Estleman
Wide open by Larry Bjornson
Dawn comes early: a Brides of Last Chance Ranch novel by Margaret Brownley
Portlandtown: a tale of the Oregon Wyldes by Rob DeBorde
Lonesome animals: a novel by Bruce Holbert
Time for a nostalgia trip! The library has all episodes of the first three seasons (of six, from 1957-1963) of the Richard Boone western, Have Gun Will Travel. I checked out Season Two, Disc One and found a few surprises among some nice memories. What impressed me the most was how much story they could pack into a half-hour drama (something like 23 minutes without commercials). The writers for all six episodes were different, including one by Gene Roddenberry. And then there was Charles Bronson guesting in "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk." It's a Cyrano de Bergerac-like tale with Bronson not playing a tough guy, but instead a love-struck, tongue-tied rancher. At the close of each episode, I could almost hear my parents telling me it's time for bed, to which I would respond, "Aw, can't I stay up for Gunsmoke?"