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Johnny D. Boggs

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Booklist has called Johnny D. Boggs "among the best western writers at work today." He has won the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America seven times for the novels "Camp Ford," "Doubtful CaƱon," "Hard Winter," "Legacy of a Lawman," "West Texas Kill" and "Return to Red River" and the short story "A Piano at Dead Man's Crossing." Several works, including the novels "Summer of the Star," "The Hart Brand," "Greasy Grass," "Northfield," "Killstraight," "South by Southwest," "And There I'll Be a Soldier" and "Poison Spring" and short stories "Comanche Camp at Dawn," "Umpire Colt" and "The Cody War," have earned Spur finalist honors.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1984, Boggs took a job in the Dallas Times Herald sports department, working his way up to assistant sports editor when the paper folded in 1991. In 1992, Boggs joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports department and was again an assistant sports editor when he left in 1998 to concentrate on his novels and free-lance writing.

A prolific writer of short nonfiction, Boggs has written about all aspects of the American West: travel stories, environmental issues, fashion news, apparel industry trends, history articles, reviews and celebrity Q&As and profiles. He is a staff writer for Persimmon Hill and a frequent contributor to True West, Wild West, and Boys' Life. Active in Little League and other community and youth activities, Boggs lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his family.

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Scheduled events:
Western Writers of America Spur Award Winners
Have a conversation with five winners of the western writers of America's prestigious Spur Awards. Assistive listening devices available.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Koffler Patio (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Johnny Boggs, Chris Enss, Nancy Plain, Deanne Stillman
Moderator: Kirk Ellis

Kill the Indian
Fiction / Literature
May 2017
ISBN 9781634507653
240 pages
$14.99, INSTORE
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Boggs is among the best Western writers at work today. He writes with depth, flavor, and color. More/less

Return to Red River
Fiction / Literature
April 2016
ISBN 9780786037346
352 pages
$7.99, INSTORE
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"Boggs is unparalleled in evoking the gritty reality of the Old West." --The Shootist Red River is one of the greatest westerns ever told, a novel that that became the classic John Wayne movie in 1948. More/less

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