The Literary Southwest Begins its Spring 2020 Programming with a Valentine’s Day Reading by Acclaimed Mystery Writer Craig Johnson.

Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire rides into town when New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson visits The Literary Southwest on Valentine’s Day. One of America’s most popular mystery novelists, Johnson will read for the series on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yavapai College Library’s Susan N. Webb Community Room (Bldg. 19, Room 147) on the Prescott campus. An open conversation, audience Q & A session, and a book signing follow the reading. Literary Southwest programs are presented admission free and are open to all.

Craig Johnson’s latest novel Land of Wolves is the fifteenth entry in the Walt Longmire mystery series. The Cold Dish, the first Longmire book, was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur / BibliObs. Death Without Company, a Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, also won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was a 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 are the rest of the series. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit Netflix drama, Longmire. Along with the full-length Longmire books, Johnson also has published novellas and short story collections. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

The Hassayampa Institute presents The Literary Southwest is made possible by Yavapai College and the Yavapai College Foundation, with additional support provided by Peregrine Book Company.

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