New York Times Bestselling Author Craig Johnson Returns to Buffalo Bill Center of the West with Advance Copies of Latest Novel

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With his last two "Walt Longmire Mystery" novels making the "New York Times" bestsellers list and a hit series based on them poised to begin its second season, author Craig Johnson returns to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, with the next installment. "A Serpent's Tooth" is the ninth novel in the series, and Johnson will talk about his inspiration for the series and sign copies of the book in advance of its official release.

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Novelist Craig Johnson returns to Buffalo Bill Center of the West May 31 with latest 'Longmire' book. Viking Penguin photo by Catherine Henriette.

Set in a fictional but vividly realistic Wyoming locale, Johnson's series follows Sheriff Walt Longmire and his cohorts as they investigate crimes large and small.

Four days before the official release of his latest "Walt Longmire Mystery" novel, bestselling author Craig Johnson visits the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to talk about the series and sign advance copies of this ninth installment, "A Serpent’s Tooth." Johnson’s public program takes place in the Coe Auditorium May 31, 1:30 p.m. and is included with regular paid admission; free for Center members. The book signing follows at 2:30 p.m. at the Center’s Museum Store, which will have copies of the book for sale.

An engaging speaker, Johnson shares his thoughts on the creation of character and place, as well as the inspiration for his Longmire books. The eighth novel in the series, "As the Crow Flies," which Johnson launched at the Center of the West a year ago, marked the series’ highest debut so far on the "New York Times" bestseller list. Published by Viking Penguin, the novels have also inspired a hit television series that soon enters its second season on the A&E television network.

Set in a fictional but vividly realistic Wyoming locale, the series follows Sheriff Walt Longmire and his cohorts as they investigate crimes and incidents large and small. Johnson’s absorbing and complex plots blend the intricacies of Longmire’s work as a law enforcement officer with the personal aspects of his life as a widower and father of a grown daughter, as well as his relationships with staff and friends. His insights into small-town life are no doubt informed by the author’s current residence in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

"A Serpent’s Tooth" continues the story of Walt’s law enforcement work and personal life in fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming. Along with longtime friend Henry Standing Bear and Undersheriff Victoria Moretti, Walt investigates Mormon “lost boy” Cord Lynear after he wanders into town during local homecoming festivities in search of his mother. Both the case—and Walt’s personal relationship with Victoria—include complications and tension as well as Johnson’s clever touches of humor.

Johnson has received critical acclaim and literary awards for his Longmire books. Two made the "New York Times" bestseller list: "As the Crow Flies," which also won the Rocky Award from Left Coast Crime for the best crime novel typifying the western United States, and "Hell Is Empty," which was selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year. Other awards for various books in the series include the "Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/Bibliobs," the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, and the Mountains & Plains Book of the Year, among others.

The second season of the television series, titled "Longmire," premieres May 27 on A&E. The show is produced by the Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television, and stars Robert Taylor (Matrix, Vertical Limit) as Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns) as Henry Standing Bear, and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24) as Undersheriff Victoria Moretti. Craig Johnson serves as executive creative consultant for the series.

For more information on Johnson’s lecture and book signing, visit the Center's Web site, e-mail Coy Evans at the address above, or call her at 307.578.4014.
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Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center is open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.centerofthewest.org or Facebook page.

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