If you yearn to sleep under the big sky (bigger than Montana's) and to meet some of the West's best authors, saddle up and mosey to the Wyoming Book Festival in Cheyenne this weekend.
Despite a literary history that includes such names as Ernest Hemingway, Owen Wister, Annie Proulx and Mary O'Hara, Wyoming has never truly celebrated its authors -- big or small -- until now. The first Wyoming Book festival will bring together most of the state's contemporary writers in an ambitious venue that spans from the State Capitol grounds to the historic downtown Plains Hotel. There'll be signings, panel discussions, informal talks, Q&As, maybe even a chance to take your favorite Wyoming writer to coffee (I prefer the chai latte, please.)
Who'll be there? Oh, only best-sellers C.J. Box, Michael and Kathleen Gear, Margaret Coel, Craig Johnson, Kyle Mills and National Book Award finalist Harvey Hix. But you'll also get a chance to "discover" some great writers you've never seen on B&N's best-seller list: Page Lambert, Julianne Couch, Tim Sandlin, Tina Ann Forkner, C.L. Rawlins, and Geoff O'Gara, among many others. (Want to know more about these authors right now? Go to the Wyoming Authors Wiki.)
I'll be signing my latest book, "FALL," at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Wyoming State Library. Then I'll join several other writers in a one-hour panel discussion about true-crime writing at Noon Saturday in the Plains Hotel. And finally, I'll follow mystery blockbusters Box and Johnson at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mystery & Crime Tent on the Capitol Grounds.
The Wyoming Book Festival is free, so y'all come!
(On Monday, you may also join a conversation I'll have with law students about justice and journalism at noon at the University of Wyoming's College of Law in Laramie, a short jaunt from Cheyenne. It's also free, but there's a dress code: You have to bring your thinking cap.)