Emmy-winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis (HBO's "John Adams") and Sandra McGee at Western Writers of America Convention, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 2009.

Emmy-winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis (HBO’s “John Adams”) and Sandra McGee at Western Writers of America Convention, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 2009.

More than 70 of America’s top Western writers will be signing their books on Friday, June 28, at Barnes & Noble in Henderson, Nevada.

The book signing is part of the 60th annual Western Writers of America Convention being held at Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, June 25-29, 2013. The signing is scheduled for 4-6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

A short talk by Mark P. Hall-Patton, Clark County Museum administrator and a regular guest on the hit TV series “Pawn Stars,” will kick-off the signing with a short address at 4 p.m.

“This is a rare opportunity to meet some of the best known writers of the old and contemporary West,” said Bob Wiseman, the Las Vegas author of the award-winning cookbook “Healthy Southwestern Cooking.”

Representing the contemporary 1940s West will be Bill and Sandra McGee, authors of The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler. Bill McGee worked as a dude wrangler in the late 1940s on the exclusive Flying M E divorce ranch 20 miles south of Reno. The coffee table book is a collection of Bill’s stories — laced with names like Gable, Gardner, du Pont and Astor — mixed with sidebars and mini-histories about the local sights, Nevada history and the migratory divorce business. Stories are illustrated with more than 500 photographs, most never-before-published and from private collections.

Passionate about preserving a part of Nevada history fewer and fewer people know about today, Bill and Sandra are currently consultants on an upcoming documentary, RENO and the Romance of Divorce“. (To view the trailer, see Blog Categories, “Video Clips about the Reno Divorce Era”.)

Other writers expected to take part in the signing include Thomas Cobb, author of “Crazy Heart”  which was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie starring Jeff Bridges, and Kirk Ellis, Emmy-winning screenwriter of  HBO’s “John Adams”.

The nonprofit Western Writers of America, which has approximately 600 members, was founded in 1953 to promote and recognize literature of the American West. The membership includes novelists, historians, essayists, journalists, songwriters, screenwriters, editors, agents, and others. Annual conventions are held each June in a different Western community.

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