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Western Writing: The Literature of America's Soul - Part I

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WESTERN WRITING: THE LITERATURE OF AMERICA’S SOUL AUGUST 7, 2014 - AUGUST 28, 2014

August 7, 2014

This Week's Theme: Talking about the Victorian West and Women in the West

Interview Guests: Sherry Monahan, WWA President and Chris Enss

This week's Message: The “Western” is a genre of various arts, such as film, television, radio, literature, painting and others. When most of us think about Western literature, we think of  writers devoted to telling stories set primarily in the late 19th century in the American Old West, hence the name. However, in today’s world of literature, the name “Western” can be misleading to some. Western literature is about yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Western literature has many genres, including Fiction, Nonfiction, Juvenile, Juvenile Nonfiction, Poetry and even Music. Contemporary Western literature has become America’s unique brand of literature, now enjoyed throughout the world.

Throughout the month of August, Life Changing Talk Radio has teamed with the Western Writers of America, Inc. (WWA) to produce and broadcast four very special episodes. Each episode will include interviews with members of the WWA and will address several interesting and enlightening aspects of contemporary Western literature. 

Western Writers of America, Inc., was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West and bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders were largely authors who wrote traditional Western fiction, but the organization has swiftly expanded to include historians and other nonfiction authors, young adult and romance writers, and writers interested in regional history. Today the organization has over 650 members who write from mainstream fiction to local history. 

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