Mayo wins Western literary award

Feb 19, 2018
Photo by: Jennifer Smith-Mayo Author Matthew P. Mayo is known to leave Monroe for the cowboy country.

Monroe — Midcoast Maine author Matthew P. Mayo’s recent novel, “Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival” (Five Star Publishing), has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Western Novel by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Previous recipients of the Wrangler Award include Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Dorothy Johnson, Edward Abbey, Barbara Kingsolver, Michael Zimmer, Johnny D. Boggs, C.J. Box, Dusty Richards, Loren Estleman and more.

“I am humbled and gratified by this honor,” said Mayo, who lives in Monroe. “So many of my favorite authors are previous winners.”

The 2018 Heritage Awards Ceremony will be held April 13 and 14 at the museum. It will be emceed by noted actors/husband-and-wife, Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross; and livecast online at

Mayo is the bestselling author of 30 novels and non-fiction books, as well as dozens of short stories. Previous honors include the Spur Award for Best Novel from Western Writers of America; and nominations for Spur and Peacemaker awards for his short fiction.

Mayo and his wife, videographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, frequently travel the byways of North America in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey and high adventure. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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