Wyoming Author Craig Johnson Returns

On August 2, Wyoming author Craig Johnson will be back in Campbell County to help wrap up One Book Wyoming: Campbell County. He’ll speak and sign books at Wright Branch Library (WBL) at 12 p.m. and at Campbell County Public Library (CCPLS) at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served thanks to Pokey's BBQ & Smokehouse and Boot Hill.

The Wyoming State Library launched this first One Book Wyoming program in February featuring Craig Johnson’s novella Spirit of Steamboat. Johnson came to CCPL in February to launch One Book Wyoming: Campbell County and help library staff pass out 125 “read and pass along” copies of Spirit for sharing throughout Gillette and Wright. In June, Craig was back in Gillette to lead a Spirit book discussion at Prairie Fire Brewing.

“This program has been a wonderful opportunity to create the feeling of a county-wide book club, where residents of different ages and backgrounds read and discuss one book,” said Terri Lesley, CCPLS Director. “We are fortunate that Craig has been so generous with his time this past year. August 2 will be his third visit to Campbell County since February. We’ve hosted 100 patrons at each visit  some of them old fans, some new. The combination of his great books and the hit A&E Longmire TV show has created loyal followers.”

Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which is the basis for the hit A&E TV drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff. The books are also hits and have garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies.

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