What Is a Western? Outstanding Book Award Lecture

Autry Curator Josh Garrett-Davis accepts the “Outstanding Book Award” for his book What Is a Western? Region, Genre, Imagination, from the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at West Texas A&M University. He speaks about various topics in the book—Joan Didion, sci-fi Westerns, and heavy metal among them—as well as his multi-sided view of Westerns. 

This interview is part of a series exploring the significance of the Western genre and the ways in which the pop culture shapes our understanding of the American West. If you’re interested in seeing past interviews, visit the series page


2020 CSAW Book Award Winner Virtual Reception and Lecture: What is a Western?

Interested in learning more about the films and ideas discussed in the program?

To Read: 

Josh Garrett-Davis, What Is a Western? Region, Genre, Imagination (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) 

M12 Studio, The Center Pivot Library (Last Chance Press and Jap Sam Books, 2018) 

To Watch and Listen: 

The Frisco Kid (1979) 

The Highwaymen, “American Remains” and “Silver Stallion