Presidential Lecture Series at Black Hills State University

Presidential Lecture Series

The new Presidential Lecture Series, established by Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., BHSU President, will feature presentations by prestigious public speakers from across the nation focusing on thought-provoking topics.


Craig Johnson visited BHSU

Craig Johnson    Craig Johnson


Craig Johnson
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Author of Longmire Series

Presented by: Craig Johnson, author of Longmire series

Join us for the presentation at 7:30 p.m. in Meier Hall.

Biography

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen full-length novels in the Longmire mystery series, as well as two novellas and a collection of stories featuring the beloved sheriff. His acclaimed books have won the Western Writers of America's Spur Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award for fiction, the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and the Wyoming Historical Association's Book of the Year award. They have been named best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Spirit of Steamboat was chosen as the first One Book Wyoming selection. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Craig Johnson

 

Craig Johnson

PRESS RELEASE

CRAIG JOHNSON, AUTHOR OF THE LONGMIRE SERIES, IS THE NEXT BLACK HILLS STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES PRESENTER SPEARFISH…Craig Johnson, the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire mystery series, and other books, will visit Black Hills State University Thursday, Oct. 19. In addition to his public presentation, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Meier Hall for the second annual BHSU Presidential Lecture Series, Johnson will meet with BHSU students during his visit to campus. “It’s a great pleasure to host Craig Johnson as a part of the Presidential Lecture Series,” BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson said. “I’m an avid Longmire fan. His unique use of comedy in a crime and mystery story is intriguing and having the stories set in a nearby location makes them even more interesting. I’m happy Craig has accepted our invitation to visit the campus to speak with our students and the community.”

Johnson’s acclaimed books include 13 full-length novels in the Longmire mystery series, as well as two novellas and a collection of stories featuring the beloved sheriff Walt Longmire. His books have earned national recognition including the Western Writers of America's Spur Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award for fiction, the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and the Wyoming Historical Association's Book of the Year award. They have been named best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Spirit of Steamboat was chosen as the first One Book Wyoming selection. The Walt Longmire series is the basis of the Netflix drama, “Longmire” starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips and Katee Sackoff. He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

His latest book, The Western Star, was released last week, and is already receive enthusiastic reviews. Earlier this year, Johnson released An Obvious Fact, which was set in the Devil’s Tower area during the bike rally and includes a mention of BHSU.

The author has a full travel schedule this fall including stops in California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Missouri, Iowa, and Wyoming.

A limited number of free tickets will be available for Johnson’s presentation. Ticket information will be announced next week. Details are available at www.BHSU.edu/pls

In honor of Johnson’s appreciation of librarians and their work, one row of seating has been reserved for librarians. The BHSU Jacket Zone store in downtown Spearfish will be hosting a “Dress as Your Favorite Longmire Character Contest” the week prior to his presentation. Winners of the contest will receive tickets to the presentation.