The Summer of Retelling Lonesome Dove!

On May 15th, 2020, author Larry McMurtry was awarded the 16th annual Spirit of the West Award. To celebrate, the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association is hosting a summer-long event appropriately called "Summer of Lonesome Dove." 

Bookstores throughout our region are hosting events of all kinds: book clubs, read-a-thons, parties to celebrate McMurtry's birthday...whatever their booksellers hearts can dream up! 

At Old Firehouse Books, we want to do something a little different, something that gets those creative muscles working. Lonesome Dove is a classic, but even classics need a tune-up from time-to-time. We want you, our beloved patrons, to come up with a Lonesome Dove retelling! 

Use this form to type up a paragraph summarizing what your retelling of Lonesome Dove would look like (think of the description on the back of a book). It could be set in a different country, a different time period, a different world, in space, with whatever kinds of characters you can imagine! 

Entries will be judged on:
- Creativity
- Reader engagement (does it pique our interest?) 
- Identifiable similarities to the original storyline

Remember, this is essentially the elevator pitch for your story. Keep it short and to the point, but also exciting! 

Our booksellers will pick the top three entries we receive and each will receive a fabulous prizes (pictured in submission form).

***You must be able to pick up prizes.***

First place: E-reader cover, $50 gift card to Old Firehouse Books, and your choice of three ARCs

Second place: Read To Me totebag. $25 gift card to Nuance Chocolate, and your choice of two ARCs

Third place: Your choice of book cover poster, mints, choice of Theo chocolate bar, and $25 gift card to Little Bird Bakery

Submission open July 1st and will be accepted until 5pm on Monday, August 17th.

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 9:00am to Monday, August 17, 2020 - 5:00pm
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