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Enss feted for books depicting ‘Spirit of the West’

Grass Valley writer Chris Enss has written more than two dozen books about courageous women who braved the untamed frontier.

Enss will be recognized for her work at the Wild West Festival this weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Spirit of the West Alive award honors people in art and entertainment who preserve the history of the American frontier for future generations, said LeeAnn Sharpe, writer and creator of the award.

“As much as we love the American Old West, the very things we love about it are disappearing,” Sharpe said. “That’s why capturing the essence of the Old West through the written word, film, sculpture and painting is so important.”

The award was established in 2008 by the Wild West Gazette, a national publication.

Sponsors and partners of the Spirit of the West Alive award are the Bison Western Museum, the Silver Spur Saloon at Frontier Town in Phoenix, Ariz., and Kangen Water. Previous recipients of the award include actors Bruce Dern and Hugh O’Brian, artist Buck Taylor, and author Bob Boze Bell.

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