Friday, August 10, 2007

Authors! Here! From all over Wyoming!

CWC Library is excited to announce the first Wyoming Author Showcase, to be held here on Sept. 7. Writers from all over Wyoming will be here to discuss their work with you. They will also have copies of their books to autograph and sell. Every purchase is a contribution to the library - 10% will go to our new endowment.

Best-selling authors Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear, former Wyoming Poet Laureate Robert Roripaugh, mystery writer Craig Allen Johnson and children’s book author Eugene Gagliano are among seasoned and new Wyoming authors who converge at Central Wyoming College in Riverton Friday, Sept. 7 for the first Wyoming Author Showcase.

CWC Library has invited writers from around the state who have published book-length works in a wide assortment of genres, including photography, cowboy poetry, fiction, wilderness medicine, romance, memoirs, nature, history and many more.

During the 5-7 p.m. event at the CWC Library, the authors will share their work and talk about their creative processes, said Assistant Librarian Coralina Daly.

The Gears are known for their novels on North American prehistory, which includes a series that melds the latest archaeological findings with dramatic narratives and strong Native American tradition. The couple has combined to write 33 novels with historical and anthropological themes. In addition to writing, the Gears raise bison on a ranch that borders the Wind River Indian Reservation and are principal investigators for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.

Among the participants are Tom Bowen of Lander, author of Backcountry Pilot: Flying Adventures with Ike Russell; Carolyn Lampman Brubaker of Riverton, author of many historical romances and Beating the LD (Learning Disability) Monster; Barbara Foote Colvert of Cody, author of Resolutions: A story of transformation through the process of loss; William Day of Riverton, author of The Running Wounded: A personal memory of the Korean War; Eugene Gagliano of Buffalo, author of several children’s books including C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet; Cathleen Galitz of Riverton, author of many Wyoming-themed romance novels; Rebecca Hein of Casper, author of A Case of Brilliance about her children; Ron Howard, Jody Rae Boyd and Micki Hanser of Riverton, authors of the Prairie Fairy series of children’s books; Butch Hudson of Lander, author of Sunrise Over the Rim, a historical novel about central Wyoming’s version of Johnny Appleseed; Joe Hutto of Lander, author of Illumination in the Flatwoods: A Season with the Wild Turkey; photographer Jack Jeffers of Riverton, author of Appalachian Byways; Craig Allen Johnson of Ucross, author of the popular Walt Longmire mystery series; Theodore Judson of Riverton, author of Fitzpatrick’s War and Tom Wedderburn’s Life; Jeffe Kennedy of Laramie, author of the collection of personal essays Wyoming Trucks, True Love and the Weather Channel; Elaine King of Casper, author of a book chronicling her Alaskan hunting adventure honeymoon; cowboy poet Echo Roy Klaproth of Shoshoni; photographer Mike McClure of Lander, author of Artifact; Betty Schmidt of Douglas, author of an award-winning collection of Meeteetse pioneer stories; Wyoming Arts Council Arts Specialist Mike Shay of Cheyenne, author of fiction and essays, Holly Skinner of Lander, author of Eye of the Blackbird: A story of gold in the American West and Only the River Runs Easy: A historical portrait of the upper Green River Valley; Bill Sniffin of Lander, author of two books of stories about Wyoming; Jack and Diantha States of Lander, author of Wildflowers of Wyoming; Dr. Kent Stockton of Riverton, author of The Campfire Ain’t Quite Out; Abby Taylor of Sheridan, author of romance novel We Shall Overcome; Buck Tilton of Lander, co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute and author of over 25 books about life and safety in the great outdoors; Cat Urbikigt of Pinedale, author of several children’s books about agriculture, including Brave Dog, Gentle Dog; Garry Wallace of Powell, author of Biography of a Bird Dog; John Washakie of Fort Washakie, author of Yuse: The bully & the bear, a story; University of Wyoming professor of history Cheryl Wells, whose book Civil War Time showed how America’s sense of time changed during the 1860s; Jeannette Woodward of Lander, author of several business and trade books; and Karol Griffin Young of Riverton, adjunct English instructor at CWC and author of the highly-acclaimed memoir Skin Deep: Tattoos, the Disappearing West, Very Bad Men and My Deep Love for them All.

The event is free and open to all.

For more information, contact Daly at 307-855-2141 or at 800-735-8418, ext. 2141.