This year marks the centennial of author Louis L'Amour's birth (1908-1988). The popular writer of westerns published 89 novels, as well as short stories and a memoir during his lifetime. Born Louis Charles LaMoore, he grew up in Jamestown, N.D. in the final days of the wild West, listening to stories told by his grandfather of the Indian wars. He also spent time in the local library where his sister, Edna, was a librarian, but was bored with traditional education and dropped out in the 10th grade.
To sample this popular storyteller, awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, try these books:
Grub Line Rider
The Sixth Shotgun
The Collected Stories of Louis L’Amour, Volumes 1-5
From the Listening Hills
With These Hands
All Fairfax Reads
Look for our weekly entries for All Fairfax Reads beginning Tuesday, May 6. This summer adults are invited to read The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett as part of this one community/one book initiative. Check the library’s Web site for a reading guide and future events as they are posted.