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  • Western Writers: 2019 National Book Festival


  • Johnny D. Boggs discussed "The Kansas City Cowboys," Anne Hillerman discussed "The Tale Teller," Paul Andrew Hutton discussed "The Apache Wars" and Craig Johnson discussed "Depth of Winter" at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Event Date

  • August 31, 2019


  • -  Johnny D. Boggs has worked cattle, been bucked off horses (breaking two ribs last time), shot rapids in a canoe, hiked across mountains and deserts, traipsed around ghost towns and spent hours poring over microfilm – all in the name of finding a good story. He has won six awards from the Western Writers of America and has been called by Booklist magazine "among the best Western writers at work today." He also writes for many magazine, including True West, Wild West, Boys' Life and Western Art & Culture. His new book is "The Kansas City Cowboys."
  • -  Anne Hillerman has continued the mystery series her father, the best-selling author Tony Hillerman, created beginning in 1970. Her debut novel, "Spider Woman's Daughter," followed the further adventures of the characters Tony Hillerman made famous: Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn. The book also elevated a minor character, Bernadette Manuelito, to the role of crime solver. Bernie became the central protagonist in the reimagined series. "Spider Woman's Daughter" received the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best First Novel. Four more mysteries have followed, each becoming a New York Times best-seller. The newest book in the series is "The Tale Teller: A Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito Novel."
  • -  Paul Andrew Hutton is an American cultural historian, an author, a documentary writer and a television personality. He is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, the former executive director of the Western History Association and a past president of the Western Writers of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his print and television writing, including six Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America. His first book, "Phil Sheridan and His Army," received the Billington Prize from the Organization of American Historians, among other honors. His latest book is "The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History."
  • -  Craig Johnson is the New York Times best-selling author of the Sheriff Walt Longmire mysteries, which have been translated into 14 languages. The novels are the basis for the hit Netflix original series "Longmire." Johnson is the recipient of the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, and his novella "Spirit of Steamboat" was the first One Book Wyoming selection. Longmire Day is celebrated annually in the town of Buffalo, Wyoming, and attracts about 12,000 fans as well as the author and some of the TV series' cast members. Johnson is perhaps the best-known person in his Wyoming town of 25. His new novel is "Depth of Winter."

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  • 50 minutes 58 seconds

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