Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ray Dale

Longmire series writer scheduled to stop in Hardin on Oct. 15

Literary Junction
The Fourth of July has passed with all the exuberance and fanfare that goes along with the holiday. Now, we are into what some call the “dog days of summer.” 
I feel I should go on Facebook and post that I am now in a relationship…with my air conditioner. I am truly not a fan of hot weather. I know there are those of you who love it, the hotter the better. No doubt there is a therapist somewhere who can help you.
My heart goes out to those who have to work outside all day when it gets this warm. If you’re looking for a way to beat the summer heat, the Big Horn County Library is kept at 72 degrees year round. And while you’re here, you can find something to read as you relax in a lawn chair under a shady tree.
On a different note, we are very excited to announce that, on Oct. 15 of this year, we will be visited by none other than author Craig Johnson. As many of you know, Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire series of books which is the basis for the Netflix series Longmire.
Johnson lives just south of us on his family ranch near Ucross, Wyo. The Walt Longmire novels are set in the fictional town of Durant, which is actually patterned from the real town of Buffalo, Wyo. Walt Longmire is the sheriff of Absaroka County, also fictional, and is often helped along the way by his lifelong best friend Henry Standing Bear, a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. 
Craig Johnson has published 15 novels in the Longmire series and the 16th, entitled “The Western Star,” is due to be released this September. 
While the stories are set in and around central Wyoming, often the characters find themselves in Sheridan, Billings, and on occasion Hardin, Lodge Grass and Lame Deer. “Wait For Signs” is a collection of Walt Longmire short stories written by Johnson. One of these takes place in Hardin at the “Brown Cow” restaurant off I-90. Another one takes place in front of the Best Buy store in Billings. In addition, local readers will recognize family names in Johnson’s stories. While speaking to him during a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Billings, Johnson told me the people he meets in Hardin and the area sometimes end up in his books.
Ordinarily, we are not open on weekends, but we will be making an exception for this event on Sunday, Oct. 15. It will start at 4 p.m., but we will only be open for this event. Computers and book check-out will not be available during that time. 
Be sure to mark your calendar and make plans to attend. It should be a fun evening.