By JENNIFER BUTLER
New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson, of Ucross will be speaking at the Big Horn County Library Foundation fundraiser at 5 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 24 at Washington Park.
According to Cindy Wood, the event will begin with a meet and greet at 5 p.m., a dinner, catered by Chubby Cheeks out of Worland, will be served at 5:30 p.m. Johnson will begin speaking around 6:30 or 7 p.m. Microbrews and wines will be provided from Dirty Annie’s.
Wood said there will be a silent auction and raffle during the event. The silent auction will consist of donated items, such as clothing and gift baskets. Wood said that they will be accepting more donations for the auction. The silent auction will close at 8 p.m. The library foundation will also be raffling off a cedar and walnut sofa table made by Greybull resident, Terry Wood. The raffle will continue past the date of the event.
Good said all the proceeds from this event will be going toward the Wyoming Libraries Endowment Challenge. She said the endowment matches raised funds, for every $10,000 raised the endowment will donate $30,000.
Johnson has had eight novels published, “The Cold Dish,” “Death Without Company,” Kindness Goes Unpunished,” “Another Man’s Moccasins,” “The Dark Horse,” “Junkyard Dogs,” “Hell is Empty,” and “As the Crow Flies.”
Good said, “He is really a local author. He draws from people in the area to create his characters.” She added his novels have also been the most checked out from the library.
A television show has also been produced on the channel A&E based on Johnson’s novels, called “Longmire.”
Johnson will be bringing one of his characters to the event. Good said, “I am unsure if he will be bringing a character from the novel or the TV show.”
Tickets for the event and raffle can be purchased at any Big Horn County Library. Tickets for the event are $25 per person.