Michael Zimmer's work has been praised by Booklist, Library Journal, Historical Novel Society, and others. Born in Indiana, and raised there and in Colorado, Zimmer now resides in Utah with his wife, Vanessa.

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... The Poacher's Daughter
Wins the Wrangler for
Outstanding Western Novel

April 18, 2015

Photos taken at the Wrangler Awards, presented by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City, OK.

It was a pleasure to be presented my Wrangler by Melinda Wayne Munoz (John Wayne's daughter) and Wyatt McCrea (Joel McCrea's grandson). Both were very gracious, before and after the ceremony.

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Check out additional photos on the Photos Page.

February 18, 2015

Michael Zimmer's The Poacher's Daughter has been awarded the prestigious Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City. The Wrangler honors "the best in film, literature, and music." Past recipients have included Larry McMurtry, Thomas Berger, James Michener, Edward Abbey, Barbara Kingsolver and Cormac McCarthy.

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... Leaving Yuma a Finalist for the Western Fictioneers' Peacemaker Award

April 15, 2014

"Leaving Yuma," Book Three in the Award Winning American Legends Collection, was selected as a Finalist for the 2013 Peacemaker Award from the Western Fictioneers. Winners will be announced on June 1, 2014.

... Audio Releases

March 15, 2014

Audio Editions for Johnny Montana, Wild Side of the River, The Long Hitch, and City of Rocks are now available. Check them out here:

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... Video Release!

January 15, 2014

Five Star Publishing released its latest video today, featuring Western author Michael Zimmer.

"Historical Fiction at its best from Spur Award AND Elmer Kelton Book Award finalist, Michael Zimmer!


HIS NOVELS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH: Libraries, Bookstores, and Online book sellers."

Watch the video here: Michael Zimmer

... Rio Tinto a Finalist for the Elmer Kelton Award

January 13, 2014

"Rio Tinto," Book Two in the American Legends Collection, was selected as a Finalist for the 2013 Elmer Kelton Book Award from the Academy of Western Artists. You can read more about the award here: AWA Awards

... Johnny Montana now in paperback

January 2, 2014

"Johnny Montana" was released in trade paperback today by Skyhorse Publishing. Ask for it at your local bookstore, or check my Novels page for information on where to order it.

... Leaving Yuma is on the shelves

October 9, 2013

"Leaving Yuma," Book Three in the "American Legends Collections," was officially released today, and so far, the feedback has been great.

From The Historical Novel Society: "In my opinion, Michael Zimmer is one of the best Western writers today. His novel is well researched, character-driven and suspense-filled until the conclusion. I have read several of his works and found each novel rewarding. If you have never read a Western novel before, I strongly suggest this book to be your first. Highly recommended." -- Read the entire review here: Historical Novel Society

From Booklist: “This is a straightforward, suspenseful western, full of border lore and Zimmer’s amazing knowledge of firearms.”

... Western Writers of America

Michael Zimmer is one of three Utah authors who have been named winners in the Western Writers of America’s prestigious 2013 Spur Awards.

Zimmer won a Finalist Award in the Short Novel category for “City of Rocks.” Other Utah winners are Will Bagley and Rachelle “Rocky” Gibbons

The Western Writers of America was founded in 1953 to promote the literature of the American West, and to present an annual Spur Award for distinguished writing in the Western field. Past recipients include Elmer Kelton, Larry McMurtry, Joel & Ethan Coen, Sandra Day O’Connor, Craig Johnson, Tony Hillerman, Ken Burns, Stephen Ambrose, Lawrence Kasdan, Don Goldsmith, Michael Landon and Louis L’Amour.

Read the entire article at: Standard Examiner
Check out all the winners at:Western Writers of America Spur Awards

... Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Nominees includes "City of Rocks"

"City of Rocks" was nominated for Western Fictioneers third annual (2013) Peacemaker Awards. Western Fictioneers was formed in 2010 by a coalition of Western writers to preserve, honor, and promote the traditional Western novel into the 21st century. The Peacemaker Awards are given out annually.

Check out all the nominees at: Western Fictioneers

... "City of Rocks"

"City of Rocks" was named a Top Ten Western for 2012 by the American Library Association's "Booklist Online."

Booklist Online is a website for subscribers to Booklist, a book-review magazine published by the American Library Association. It features more than 135,000 book reviews and thousands of features for librarians, book groups and book lovers.

Check the entire list at: Booklist


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