Author Craig Johnson to speak at the Marion Public Library
Correction: Due to a reporter error, this story has been updated to clarify that there will be a cash bar during the event, not an open bar.
New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson, author of The mysteries of Walt Longmire, is scheduled to speak at the Marion Public Library on October 29 during the 5th annual Speaking Volumes event.
The BookMarks, a nonprofit organization that supports the library, coordinated the fundraising event, with all proceeds going to support the operations of the Marion Public Library.
The Longmire is a blockbuster mystery saga and the basis of Netflix’s hit original series Longmire. The series is set in an uninhabited town in Wyoming, much like Johnson’s hometown: Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.
A self-proclaimed “cowboy novelist,” Johnson writes his stories on the ranch he built outside of Ucross. Based in such a secluded atmosphere, Johnson enjoys connecting with his fans and community at events like Speaking Volumes.
“I’m one of those weird writers who really like to tour and organize events, which I don’t always like. My wife says I love the events because we live in a town of 25 in northern Wyoming, and I’m just surprised to see people there. All kidding aside, it’s a pleasure to meet the readers and talk with them about the novels and the TV show. I always think of the writers who never had this chance and I’m just grateful for the opportunity, ”Johnson said.
The evening will begin with an hour of meeting with Johnson at 6:00 p.m. before the main conference at 7:00 p.m. with a question-and-answer period, his favorite part of each event.
“There is a quality of improvisation in the fact that you never know what the readers are going to ask for. In addition, I am very committed to supporting bookstores and especially libraries, which are such an important part of the literacy in our culture, ”Johnson said.
The author will stay on to sign copies of her books at 8 p.m. after she finishes speaking, and copies of her first book, The Cold Dish, and her most recent book, Daughter of the Morning Star, will be available at the store. ‘purchase.
Johnson was scheduled to headline the Speaking Volumes event last year, but it was canceled due to COVID-19. Event organizers are delighted that he agreed to come speak a year later, with a couple who even traveled all the way from Georgia to hear Johnson speak, according to communications manager Diane Watson.
“This year his visit is eagerly awaited, but we want to do it safely,” Watson said.
Face masks are mandatory during the event when you are not eating or drinking. Tickets cost $ 30 and will also include dessert and a cash bar.
Tickets for this BookMarks event are on sale and are available at the library and on the BookMarks website. Event organizers plan to close ticket sales a few days before the event to finalize catering numbers.
Hoping that events like Speaking Volumes will support local bookstores and libraries and inspire literacy, Johnson’s biggest advice to aspiring authors is to simply write.
“Writing is that easy, everything else comes after. There are some things that the only way to improve is to do them. Drywall is not one, but writing l “is. You have to sit on the chair, and place your fingers on the keyboard, that’s where the magic happens. Not so much with drywall,” Johnson said.
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