Between stints as Grand Marshal of the Cody Stampede parades in Cody, Wyoming, bestselling author Craig Johnson visits the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to autograph copies of his latest Walt Longmire Mystery novel, A Serpent’s Tooth, July 3, 1 – 3 p.m. in the Center’s Museum Store. Copies of this, the ninth Longmire installment, are available for purchase at both of the Center’s stores—on site and on Sheridan Avenue along the parade route. Also available is the previous book in the series, As the Crow Flies, and Johnson’s first book, The Cold Dish.
Johnson launched his last two novels at the Center of the West, and As the Crow Flies marked the series’ highest debut so far on the New York Times bestseller list. Published by Viking Penguin, the novels have also inspired a hit television series that is now in its second season on the A&E television network.
Set in a fictional but vividly realistic Wyoming locale, the series follows Sheriff Walt Longmire and his cohorts as they investigate crimes and incidents large and small. Johnson’s absorbing and complex plots blend the intricacies of Longmire’s work as a law enforcement officer with the personal aspects of his life as a widower and father of a grown daughter, as well as his relationships with staff and friends. His insights into small-town life are no doubt informed by the author’s current residence in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.
The second season of the television series, titled Longmire, premiered May 27 on A&E. It stars Robert Taylor as Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips as Henry Standing Bear, and Katee Sackhoff as Undersheriff Victoria Moretti. Craig Johnson serves as executive creative consultant for the series.