Rode was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards given each year in Oklahoma City, home of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This award has been won in the past by James Michener, Thomas Berger, Larry McMurtry, A.B. Guthrie, Barbara Kingsvolver and Cormac McCarthy. An awards banquet will be held in Oklahoma City on April 21. Please join us in congratulating Thomas Averill on his recent award!