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Sandra McGee with Mark P. Hall-Patton (left), Clark County Museums Administrator and a regular guest on the hit TV series “Pawn Stars”.

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25-29, 2013 – Hundreds of the country’s top Western writers gathered in Las Vegas for the 60th Western Writers of America Convention.

Western novelists, historians, screenwriters, songwriters, and the agents and editors who represent them, enjoyed five days of Western camaraderie and networking. This year a much-debated topic was the recently released Johnny Depp movie, “The Lone Ranger”. WWA members are serious researchers and they know their history when it comes to the “old West”,  So there were lively debates about the movie and just who was the real Lone Ranger. You can follow the discussion on Western Writers of America’s facebook page.

A new book idea is explored with Lynn Bueling (left) and Sandra and Bill McGee.

A new book idea is explored with Lynn Bueling (left) and Sandra and Bill McGee.

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.

Sandra McGee has been accepted for membership in Western Writers of America, an organization whose 600+ members derive their livelihood, in whole or in part, from writing about the land and the peoples of the American West, past and present. The membership includes novelists, historians, essayists, journalists, poets, screenwriters, editors, agents, and others.

Sandra is the co-author of THE DIVORCE SEEKERS: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler.

WWA was founded in 1953 to promote and recognize Western literature. Since 1953, prestigious panels of judges have presented WWA’s annual Spur Awards to honor each year’s best western literature. Previous winners include Jane Smiley, Larry McMurtry, Dorothy M. Johnson, Stephen E. Ambrose, Tony Hillerman, Red Shuttleworth and Elmer Kelton.

Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009 — Former Nevada divorce ranch wrangler and author Bill McGee talks about his book, THE DIVORCE SEEKERS: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler and his time from 1947 to 1950 working on the Flying M E, an exclusive divorce ranch 20 miles south of Reno that catered to wealthy Easterners, socialites, and Hollywood celebrities.

Interviewed at the Western Writers of America Mega-Book Signing
June 19, 2009
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK

Sandra McGee, co-author of The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, shares her perspective on the Reno divorce era.

Western Writers of America Mega-Booksigning

June 19, 2009

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma City, OK

Bill and Sandra will be signing THE DIVORCE SEEKERS at WWA Mega-Book Signing.

Bill McGee and Sandra McGee will be signing THE DIVORCE SEEKERS at WWA Mega-Book Signing.

Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009 — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City showcased members of the Western Writers of America with a Mega-Book Signing event on Friday, June 19, 2009. More than 70 Western authors participated. The event took place inside the magnificent Sam Noble Special Events Center.

Bill McGee and Sandra McGee were interviewed for local TV. View their interviews on this blog.

The Museum is pleased to be joining WWA in providing this occasion for the public to meet the authors who keep the history and spirit of the West alive in many different styles of writing. –Don Reeves, the Museum’s McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture.

Sandra McGee with Emmy-winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis (“John Adams”)

 

Western writers Bill McGee and Ann Terry Hill

Western Writers of America authors Bill McGee and Ann Terry Hill

Portland, Oregon, May 15, 2009–Western Writers of America authors Bill McGee and Ann Terry Hill discuss marketing plans for their books.  Ann Terry Hill’s new book, PENDLETON ROUND-UP at 100: Oregon’s Legendary Rodeo, will be released in July 2009 and already is a top seller on Amazon.  A native of Pendleton, Oregon and a former Round-Up princess and queen, there’s no one better-suited than Ann Terry Hill to write this authoritative history.  I got to preview Miss Hill’s book and it is a beautifully-designed coffee table book with more than 900 photos (many never before published). Every Western aficionado will want a copy for their collection. We wish Ann Terry Hill many happy trails ahead! 

–Sandra McGee, Divorce Nevada Style