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Mystery author to speak at West Virginia Book Festival

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Huntington native and best-selling author Craig Johnson will speak about his mystery novels at this fall's West Virginia Book Festival.

Johnson, a Marshall University graduate who lives in Wyoming, has written a series of novels that chronicle the life of Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire. His novel "The Dark Horse" was named one of Publishers Weekly's best books of the year in 2009, and "Another Man's Moccasins" earned the Western Writers of America Spur Award for the best novel of 2008.

In May, Johnson released his most recent book, "As the Crow Flies."

His books have also inspired the new A&E crime series "Longmire," set in Big Sky Country, starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Johnson is slated to speak at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Charleston Civic Center. He'll be joined by other best-selling authors, including Charlaine Harris and Tamora Pierce, during the festival Oct. 13 and 14.The festival, which features book signings, workshops and lectures, is presented by the Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc., Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, the Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail.


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