A few new books from regional writers to add to your summer reading list:
James Lee Burke: Swan Peak
Alexandra Fuller: The Legend of Colton H. Bryant
Greg Lemon: Blue Man in a Red State
Neil McMahon: Dead Silver
Deborah Richie Oberbillig: Bird Feats
Toni Morrison is not from the Western United States, but every reader needs variety. My summer list includes Sula, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, and Love.
Read Toni Morrison's letter to Barack Obama, published in the New York Observer.