2015 Opening Session with Keynote Speaker, Longmire author, Craig Johnson
The 2015 Annual Convention's Opening Session featured Craig Johnson.
Craig Johnson, who lives on a 260-acre ranch in Wyoming, writes character-centric, modern Western thrillers with Walt Longmire as the cowboy-hat-wearing protagonist who is the sheriff "in the least populated county in the least populated state," fictional Absaroka County. Craig and series protagonist, Walt Longmire, have travelled a long road together, through 14 novels (and counting) and a hit tv series, pausing frequently to pick up awards and best-seller honors. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award Finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observatuer/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the 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 was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.
The opening session was held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM.