New York Times Bestselling Author Craig Johnson Debuts Latest “Walt Longmire” Novel at Buffalo Bill Center of the West May 8

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With the latest volume in his “Walt Longmire Mysteries” series set for official publication May 13, New York Times bestselling novelist Craig Johnson visits the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, the week before with advance copies of "Any Other Name" in hand.

Craig Johnson's new book

Craig Johnson's new book

Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, Craig Johnson visits Cody, Wyoming, to present a public program in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Coe Auditorium, followed by a book signing at 3 p.m. at the Center's Museum Store. On sale are copies of this, the eleventh book in the series, as well the first, "The Cold Dish," and tenth, "Spirit of Steamboat." Johnson’s presentation is included in regular admission to the Center of the West—free for Center members. With limited seating available in the auditorium, attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

An engaging speaker as well as writer, Johnson’s talk shares insights into his writing; his inspirations for character, place, and story; and thoughts on the television series inspired by his books. The "Los Angeles Times" has said of the Wyoming author, “Like the greatest crime novelists, Johnson is a student of human nature.” In the fictional world of the Wyoming county sheriff’s department Johnson has created, that perception shines through in the actions and dialogue of the main characters and the criminals that populate it.

Published by Viking Penguin, "Any Other Name" finds the cast of characters investigating a mystery in a neighboring county perhaps best left alone. The plot takes readers into another intriguing story of Walt’s work in small-town law enforcement investigating large cases, and the complexities of his personal relationships that unfold along the way.

Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries continue to receive critical acclaim and literary awards, and the previous three installments have all landed on the "New York Times" bestsellers list. Books in the series have won the Rocky Award from Left Coast Crime, Best Mystery of the Year, Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, Mountains and Plains Booksellers award, Nouvel Observateur Prix du Roman Noir, and Prix 813, among others. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

The A&E television series based on the books, LONGMIRE, which helped spread popularity in the novels, begins its third season in June. The show is produced by the Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television. Robert Taylor stars as the title character Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips as long-time friend Henry Standing Bear, Katee Sackhoff and Bailey Chase as part of Walt’s team in the sheriff’s office, and Cassidy Freeman as his daughter. Johnson is a creative consultant for the series.

For more information on Johnson’s book signing at the Center of the West, visit the Center's website.

Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, operates its spring schedule, open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through April 30, but moves to summer hours May 1, open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For additional information, visit the Center's website of its pages on Facebook and Google+.

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