Last Friday we attended a book signing for one the mystery writers we enjoy. The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, in Scottsdale, AZ, is an independent bookstore that is hanging in there. They are probaby successful because they also publish books and also because they host a lot of author events that are well attended.
We came across Craig Johnson either two or three years ago at the Tucson Book Festival. I like to read at least one of the author's books that I'll be seeing if possible. In Johnson's case, it could be that he was on a panel with others and we read him because of that. In any case, we enjoy his books with Sheriff Walt Longmire as the main character. They are set in Wyoming. Johnson lives in a town of 25 in Ucross. (Might be a fun stop if your RV travels take you that way.)
Johnson was talking about his new book, As the Crow Flies. However, he spent a good bit of time sharing his good news. Longmire, a new series on A & E, will air beginning Sunday, June 3. It is based on his books! He is very pleased with the casting and what they have done.
After the talk he signed books. Two ladies in front of me must have had a dozen copies of his new book to sign - all made out to specific people. I asked if they had finished their Christmas shopping. They said no. They had driven from Needles, CA, quite a distance, so perhaps they had other orders from the town. They didn't say. Another of life's mysteries!
Take a look at Craig Johnson's books if you are a mystery fan and like the West. George and I are always excited to find a new one in his series. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak