Wild West

2019 OWEN WISTER AWARD WINNER

“I must be the world’s luckiest historian,” says Will Bagley, 69, who is best known for monumental nonfiction books about the Mormon West and overland trails published by the University of Oklahoma Press. That may be, but the Salt Lake City–based author is also one of the world’s best historians of the American West. Western Writers of America (WWA) recognizes Bagley this year with its Owen Wister Award for (2002); , co-written by David L. Bigler (2011); and (2012). Two of his other books— (2010) and (2014)—were Spur Award finalists.

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