Hear Western Writer Johnny D. Boggs Thursday

Johnny D. Boggs. Courtesy photo

MPL News:

Author and journalist Johnny D. Boggs will be the guest at the next “Quotes! Authors Speak Series” event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

Johnny D. Boggs has been praised by Booklist magazine as “among the best western writers at work today” and is one of the few authors to have won both the Western Heritage Wrangler Award and Spur Award for his fiction. Mesa Public Library presents Mr. Boggs as the first author in the new 2014 series, now named Quotes: The Authors Speak Series. He will talk about his prolific writing career and his two new books, Greasy Grass: A Story of the Little Big Horn (January 8, 2014) and Billy the Kid on Film 1911-2012 (October 31, 2013). Other titles include East of the Border, The Hart Brand, Northfield and Jesse James and the Movies.

The Santa Fe resident has six Spur Awards from Western Writers of America for adult fiction, juvenile novels  and other genres. He has also won the Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage  Museum for Outstanding Western Novel of 2003 for Spark on the Prairie: The Trial of the Kiowa Chiefs.

Last year the New Mexico Department of Agriculture honored him with the 2013 Rounders Award for living, promoting and articulating the Western way of life. In 2011, the University of South Carolina named him a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Boggs graduated from the University in 1984.

After almost 15 years as a newspaper journalist in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, Boggs moved to Santa Fe in 1998 to focus on his novels and free-lance magazine writing. He has written for more than 50 newspapers and magazines, most frequently for True West, Wild West and Western Art & Architecture.

He is a past president of Western Writers of America (www.westernwriters.org) and edits the nonprofit writers guild’s bimonthly magazine, Roundup.Johnny Boggs lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and son. His website is www.johnnydboggs.com.