The Center of the American West is proud to announce the 2013 Wallace Stegner Award Winner: Western American Historian and Author, Elliott West.

“Elliott West is the best historian of the American West writing today.” – Richard White

Each year, the Center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual who has have faithfully and evocatively depicted the spirit of the American West. Elliott West, who received his doctorate from the University of Colorado, is author of six books, most recently The Essential West:  Collected Essays (2012). His book, The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story (2009) is one of three of his books to receive the Western Heritage Award and two to win the Western History Association’s Caughey Prize. His book, The Contested Plains (1998), received six national awards, including the PEN-West Award as the year’s best non-fiction book, and the Francis Parkman Prize as the outstanding book in American history. It is considered a classic in the field.

This event is made possible by the generosity of Al and Carol Ann Olson.