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The Mesa Public Library, “Quotes: The Authors Speak Series,” presents Johnny D. Boggs, award winning Western author. 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Mesa Public Library, upstairs rotunda.
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.
He will talk about his prolific writing career and his two new books, “Greasy Grass: A Story of the Little Big Horn,” (published in January 2014) and “Billy the Kid on Film 1911-2012” (Published October 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 freelance magazine writing. He has written for more than 50 newspapers and magazines, most frequently for True West, Wild West and Western Art and Architecture.
He is a past president of Western Writers of America (westernwriters.org) and edits the nonprofit writers guild’s bimonthly magazine, “Roundup.” Boggs lives in Santa Fe with his wife and son. His website is johnnydboggs.com.
Check out some of his other awards and award winning titles:
• Spur Award Winner: Best Western Short Novel: “Legacy of a Lawman,” 2012
• Best Western Original Mass Market Paperback Novel: “West Texas Kill,” 2012
• 2011 Distinguished Alumnus University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications, 2011
• Spur Award Winner: Best Western Juvenile Fiction: “Hard Winter,” 2010
• Spur Award Winner: Best Western Juvenile Fiction: “Doubtful Cañon,” 2008
• “True West Magazine” Best of the West Award: “Best Living Fiction Writer,” 2008
• Milton F. Perry Award Winner (National James-Younger Gang) Best Book: “Northfield,” 2007
• Spur Award Winner Best Western Novel: “Camp Ford,” 2006
• Western Heritage Wrangler Award winner Outstanding Western Novel of 2003: “Spark on the Prairie: The Trial of the Kiowa Chiefs,” 2004
• Spur Award Winner, Best Western Short Story: “A Piano at Dead Man’s Crossing,” 2002
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Juvenile Fiction: “And There I’ll Be a Soldier,” 2013
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Juvenile Fiction: “South by Southwest,” 2012
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Short Novel: “Killstraight,” 2009
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Short Novel: “Northfield,” 2008
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Short Fiction Story: “The Cody War,” 2008
• “True West Magazine” Reader’s Choice Best of the West Award: Best Living Historical Novelist, 2012
• New Mexico Book Award Finalist Best Novel-Historical Fiction: “Northfield,” 2008
• New Mexico Book Award Finalist Best Juvenile Novel: “Doubtful Cañon,” 2008
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Juvenile Novel “The Hart Brand,” 2007
• New Mexico Book Award Finalist. Best Novel-Historical Fiction: “Camp Ford,” 2007
• Spur Award Finalist, Best Western Novel, “Ten and Me,” 2000
• Southwest Books of the Year: “Great Murder Trials of the Old West” (2003), “Law of the Land: The Trial of Billy the Kid” (2004); “Walk Proud, Stand Tall” (2006).