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“Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, Poling-Kempes takes the reader on a fascinating journey along-side these pioneer women.”New Mexico Magazine


Lesley Poling-Kempes Wins WILLA Award for Ladies of the Canyons

Women Writing the West (WWW) has announced that Lesley Poling-Kempes has won a 2016 WILLA Literary Award for her book Ladies of the Canyons, which was published by the University of Arizona Press in September 2015.

Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of a group of remarkable women whose lives were transformed by the people and landscape of the American Southwest in the first decades of the twentieth century.

Library Journal called Ladies, "Both enjoyable and edifying."

Winners and finalists of WILLAs represent the best of 2015 published literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West.

Chosen by professional librarians, historians and university affiliated educators, the winning authors and their books will be honored in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 13-16, 2016, during the 22nd Annual Conference.

Congratulations to all the winners. See the complete list here.

Lesley Poling-Kempes is the author of many books about the American Southwest, including Ghost Ranch and Valley of Shining Stone: The Story of Abiquiu. She lives in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

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