Craig Johnson Returns to South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood Oct. 5

Author Craig Johnson, shown above discussing "Longmire" in front of a large audience during a Festival of Books presentation in Deadwood, will appear at the 2019 Festival. 

"Longmire" Author, Fan Favorite Featured in 'Saturday Night Special' Event

He's back!

Craig Johnson, the author of 14 full-length novels and three short stories in the popular Walt Longmire mystery series, will be a featured author at the Festival of Books for the first time in nearly four years.

Fans Encouraged to Arrive Early, Take Advantage of Johnson's Sole Book Signing Session

Johnson is a longtime Festival favorite – especially amongst Deadwood patrons – who draws seemingly endless autograph lines and fills every available seat during his presentations. He has been featured as a presenting author several times during the event's 17-year history, last appearing in Deadwood in 2015. Johnson's availability in recent years has been limited with the success of the Netflix series "Longmire" based on Johnson's books. This fall he'll also be on a book tour for his latest novel, "Land of Wolves."

However, Festival of Books Director Jennifer Widman was able to secure Johnson for one night. He'll appear Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center for a presentation called "Saturday Night Special: Longmire on the Page, on the Screen and on the Road" from 7:45-8:45 p.m.

"We're so grateful to Craig for making time in his nationwide book tour to appear at the South Dakota Festival of Books," Widman said. "He always draws large crowds, so we encourage patrons to arrive early to get good seats. We also hope they'll stick around for autographs afterwards, since Craig's tour schedule won't allow him to attend our usual signing sessions."

Craig Johnson is a popular author who will be featured at the 2019 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood Oct. 5.

Johnson Known for Longmire and Much More

While Johnson is now known by general audiences for the Longmire television series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim, he’s had a loyal following among readers for years and regularly appears on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also won numerous awards. His first Longmire novel, “The Cold Dish,” was a Dilys Award finalist, and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/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. “The Dark Horse” was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and “Hell Is Empty” was a Library Journal Best Mystery of the Year.

The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit Netflix drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyo. population 25.

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