Mayo wins Western Spur Award

Jul 22, 2013
Photo by: Larry D. Sweazy Matthew P. Mayo and his wife, Jennifer Smith-Mayo, are pictured at the Spur Awards banquet in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas — Matthew P. Mayo of Northport was honored June 29 by the Western Writers of America with the prestigious Spur Award for Best Western Novel for his novel “Tucker’s Reckoning,” published in the USA Today-bestselling Ralph Compton Westerns series. The awards ceremony took place at the Western Writers of America’s 60th anniversary celebration.

“This recognition by my peers is one of the highlights of my writing life, made doubly special because of the top quality of the many other books considered,” said Mayo.

Past Spur Award winners include Louis L’Amour, Elmer Kelton, Larry McMurtry, Joel and Ethan Coen, Quentin Tarantino, Sandra Day O’Connor, Craig Johnson, Tony Hillerman, Ken Burns, Stephen Ambrose, Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Landon. The WWA was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West.

Mayo’s books include numerous novels and Western- and New England-based non-fiction works such as “Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears”; “Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks”; “Haunted Old West”; the best-selling “Maine Icons,” with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo; and many others, in addition to dozens of short stories, essays and more. For more information, visit

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