Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ray Dale

Author Walt Longmire to visit Hardin Oct. 15

Literary Junction
October has arrived! September 2017 is no more, which means Halloween is just around the corner.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, some of us at the Big Horn County Library love everything about Halloween. I can’t even tell you for sure what it is about the holiday I like so much. Perhaps it’s the time of year, or the colors, the fun costumes, I don’t know. All I can say for sure is it’s fun. 
In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, we have put up our Halloween display on the ledge complete with ravens, cornstalks, pumpkins and our newest addition, Elwood the harmonica-playing skeleton. Be sure to stop in and say hi to Elwood. He will be happy you did.
In other recent library events, Craig Johnson’s new book, The Western Star, arrived last week and, for all you Walt Longmire fans, this one does not disappoint. 
The story is told in two parts. The first takes place in Cheyenne, Wyo. where Walt, sheriff of Absaroka County, and Lucian, a retired sheriff, have gone to be heard in a parole hearing for a man Walt put in prison years before. The inmate has cancer and only a short time to live, and the governor – or, more accurately, the governor’s wife – wants the man paroled as a humanitarian statement, something Longmire is very much against.
The second story takes place in the past on a train called The Western Star.  Every year, the “Star,” as it is called in the story, would take all the county sheriffs from across Wyoming to a meeting of the Sheriffs’ Association in Cheyenne. This particular trip is to be its last, as it is set to mothballed by the Great Northern Railroad. On the train is Longmire, who had just been hired as a deputy by Lucian Connelly two weeks before. Along the way, one of the sheriffs is murdered. 
Longmire, who is not even sure this job is right for him, is suddenly surrounded by sheriffs, one of whom, it appears, is a murderer. As he investigates the murder, Longmire is not sure who he can trust, including Lucian.
It’s a fun story that bounces back and forth between the past and the present, all the while keeping you guessing right up to the end. The Western Star is available for checkout at the library, but you will most likely have to add your name to a growing waiting list. Be patient, though, as it is worth the wait.
Also remember Craig Johnson will be at library at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. Be sure to come meet him here and listen to his stories of the Longmire series of novels, as well as the Netflix series, “Longmire.”