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Reading the West Book Awards

April 2, 2013

Two CMA authors have been shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award in Adult Nonfiction. The award is given by the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association to honor outstanding books set in the Mountains and Plains region.

Muffy Mead Ferro’s outstanding memoir, Its Head Came Off By Accident, remembers the author’s raucous childhood growing up on a 6,000-acre ranch near Jackson Hole, and explores how the death of her mother forces Muffy to reckon with the disappearance of the ¬†landscape and way of life she cherished so much as a child.

Perennial favorite Timothy Egan’s latest, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, tells the story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history. Edward Curtis spent more than three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than 80 tribes in the early 20th century. Egan’s book explores his story, his legacy, and the complicated path he took on the way to creating one of America’s greatest cultural treasures.

Congratulations to both authors!

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