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2016 TCU Texas Book Award Winner

Author Jeff Guinn The 2016 TCU Texas Book Award winner is Buffalo Trail: A Novel of the American West (A Cash McLendon Novel) by Jeff Guinn.

After barely escaping nemesis Killer Boots in the tiny Arizona Territory town of Glorious, Cash McLendon is in desperate need of a safe haven somewhere—anywhere—on the frontier. Cover of Buffalo Trail

Fleeing to Dodge City, he falls in with an intrepid band of buffalo hunters determined to head south to forbidden Indian Territory in the Texas Panhandle. In the company of such colorful Western legends as Bat Masterson and Billy Dixon, Cash helps establish a hunting camp known as Adobe Walls. When a massive migration of buffalo arrives, Cash, newly hopeful that he may yet patch things up with Gabrielle Tirrito back in Arizona, thinks his luck has finally changed.

But no good can come of entering the prohibited lands they’ve crossed into. Little do Cash and his fellows know that their camp is targeted by a new coalition of the finest warriors among the Comanche, Cheyenne, and Kiowa. Led by fierce Comanche war chief Quanah and eerie tribal mystic Isatai, an enormous force of two thousand is about to descend on the camp and will mark one of the fiercest, bloodiest battles in frontier history.

Cash McLendon is in another fight for his life—and this time running is not an option.

Photograph of Jeff Guinn copyright Ralph Lauer.

About the TCU Texas Book Award

The Friends of the TCU Library and TCU Press are co-sponsors of the 2016 TCU Texas Book Award. A prize of $5,000 is given to the author of the best book about Texas. Fiction, nonfiction, art, photography and other books will be considered; juvenile, young-adult, drama or film scripts, and self-published works are excluded. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 10, 2016.

To enter, send three copies of the book to the TCU Press, 3000 Sandage, Fort Worth, Texas 76109, clearly marked for the "TCU Texas Book Award.” Books must be postmarked by June 10, 2016 to be eligible. Authors, publishers, agents, or any interested party may make submissions. No acknowledgement of entries will be sent, and books cannot be returned. Each entry must include the entrant's address, phone number, and email. Only one book by any author will be considered. Books must have been published between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2015. The winner will be notified by September 9, 2016.

Works published by TCU Press, or by TCU faculty and personnel, are not eligible for this competition.

The Award

The presentation of $5,000 and a certificate will be made at a dinner hosted by the Friends of the TCU Library at TCU on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The author of the winning title is expected to attend and deliver remarks.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dan Williams, Director of the TCU Press, at 817-257-5907 or d.e.williams@tcu.edu.

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TCU Texas Book Award Winners

Cover of Buffalo Trail

2016

Jeff Guinn
Buffalo Trail: A Novel of the American West (A Cash McLendon Novel)

Jeff Guinn, author of Buffalo Trail.
Cover of A Thousand Deer

2013

Rick Bass
A Thousand Deer: Four Generations of Hunting and the Hill Country

Rick Bass, author of A Thousand Deer.
Cover of Empire of the Summer Moon

2011

S. C. Gwynne
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon.
Cover of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life

2009

Joe Nick Patoski
Willie Nelson: An Epic Life

Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life
Cover of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

2007

Timothy Egan
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Cover of The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

2005

Scott Zesch
The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier

Scott Zesch, author of The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier
Cover of Our Land Before We Die

2003

Jeff Guinn
Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro

Jeff Guinn, author of Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro
Cover of The Gates of the Alamo

2001

Stephen Harrigan
The Gates of the Alamo

Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo

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