When: Tue., June 18, 6:30 p.m. 2013
Until last year, novelist and playwright Craig Johnson’s work was mainly known by crime/mystery and Western fans. His biggest creation, Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, had been featured in eight novels. Longmire represents the classic Western hero, an outsider with a strong sense of right and wrong who’s so out of touch with contemporary sensibilities he doesn’t even own a cellphone. As the main law enforcement officer in Absaroka County, Wyo. (a variation on Ucross, Johnson’s small hometown), Longmire battles criminals, the elements, sometimes even staff and family. But after Longmire, the A&E series based on the novels, attracted the network’s largest audience for a debut episode (4.1 million) last summer, Johnson’s fame has skyrocketed. Expectations are even higher for the latest Longmire novel, A Serpent’s Tooth. What seems to be a simple case of reuniting a lost boy with his mother quickly proves far more complicated for Longmire, deputy Victoria Moretti and friend/comrade Henry Standing Bear. Johnson will be reading excerpts from A Serpent’s Tooth and discussing his beloved character at Parnassus Books’ latest author event.