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Craig Johnson book signing 7 p.m. Monday Full Circle Bookstore 50 Penn Place 1900 Northwest Expressway fullcirclebooks.com 842-2900
Craig Johnson, writer of the best selling Longmire novels, makes an Oklahoma City stop.
Theres an old piece of advice that is typically offered to writers when theyre looking for a subject to scribble about: write about what you know. Its something that Craig Johnson, author of the hugely successful Sheriff Walt Longmire novels and an acclaimed A&E television series has taken to heart. When not sitting in front of a keyboard, hes more than likely fixing an irrigation pump out on his land in rural Ucross, Wyo., population 25. Its that ultimate hands-on approach to small-town trials and tribulations that makes his mysteries the total antithesis of the typical gritty crime-potboilers with which readers are often inundated. In many ways, Longmire was a response to a lot of the stuff that was going on in crime fiction and television, Johnson said. It seemed like about 10 years ago, when I started writing the books, everything was all that CSI (crime scene investigation) stuff, everything was all about the technology. And that only holds my interest for so long. I knew I couldnt be the only one. That was when Johnson decided to take a different approach to the mystery, creating a police procedural that is set in the least populated town in the least populated state in America: Wyoming. Its the type of place where DNA results can take over nine months to get back to investigators, so intense detective work as well as tight-knit community connections come into play more often than not to solve crimes. The other aspect of Longmires success , Johnson surmised, is that its the triumphant return of the classical Old West hero, merely updated to todays world of highly stylized criminal activity. People act like this guy is completely new and different, but hes really kind of old-school, Johnson said. Longmire lives by a code and wears a hat, and hes decent, and hes good, and he tries to do the right thing. Fans will have a chance to tell Johnson their thoughts on the classically heroic nature of Longmire as he signs copies of his latest tome, Any Other Name, Monday at Full Circle Bookstore. Having received numerous accolades from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for both his novels and the television series, Johnson said one of his favorite stops on any tour is Oklahoma. Theres a true cowboy culture there that I think responds to the books and to Walt, he said. People from that kind of territory can tell when its BS or when it seems realistic.