Tucson Festival of Books

The West in Fact and Fiction


Historian Chris Wimmer, journalist Will Grant, and novelist Elizabeth Crook explore the reality and romance of the Old West. The dramatic events of America's centennial year, the adventures of a modern-day pony express rider, and an epic tale of frontier flight and pursuit testify to its persistent claim on the modern imagination.


Panelists
Elizabeth Crook

Elizabeth Crook, a recipient of the prestigious Texas Writer Award, has lived most of her life in Texas, where the landscapes have served as both backdrop and muse for her writing. She has skillfully woven together narratives that interlace historical events and richly drawn characters, creating a tapestry of compelling storytelling....

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Will Grant

Will Grant was born and raised outside Denver, Colo. After college, he worked as a cowboy and a horse trainer in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, where he apprenticed under the legendary horseman Jack Brainard....

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Chris Wimmer

Chris Wimmer is the creator, host and lead writer of "Legends of the Old West," a long-form, narrative podcast that tells true stories of the American West. He has a master's degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and has won numerous local, state and national awards for his writing....

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Books:
The Madstone
Elizabeth Crook
Fiction / Literature
Little Brown
November 2023
ISBN 9780316564342
288 pages
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The Last Ride of the Pony Express
My 2,000-mile Horseback Journey Into the Old West
Will Grant
History / Biography
Little Brown
January 2023
ISBN 9780316422314
336 pages
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The Summer of 1876
Outlaws, Lawmen, and Legends in the Season That Defined the American West
Chris Wimmer
History / Biography
St. Martin's Publishing Group
May 2023
ISBN 9781250280893
320 pages