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August 07, 2014 7:40 am

‘Longmire’ week in Powell; Powell Branch Library and Friends plans events to welcome author Craig Johnson

Written by Tribune Staff

The Powell Branch Library is planning a big welcome for author Craig Johnson when he returns to Powell on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Events kick off with a discussion of Johnson’s latest “Sheriff Walt Longmire” book, “Spirit of Steamboat” at the library on 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday). Free copies of the book are available at the library.

Next Thursday, Aug. 14, the American Dream Drive-In will show two episodes of “Longmire,” the television show based on Johnson’s “Walt Longmire Mystery Series.” Entry to the drive-in will be free.

The show starts at sundown and the concession stand will be open.

Watch for a few of your local librarians out on the town Friday, Aug. 15, giving away coasters to commemorate One Book Wyoming.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, the annual Wings ’N Wheels event will be held at the Powell Municipal Airport. A main character in “Spirit of Steamboat” is a VB-25J transport version of the Mitchell B-25 bomber.  While a B-25 will not be at the airport, view similar planes and speak with enthusiasts who can offer insight into planes like Steamboat.

Everything culminates with a visit from the author at noon Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Powell Branch Library.

The Friends of the Library will host a pizza party while Johnson talks about his latest book, signs books and sells Longmire merchandise.

“Craig has been so kind to come visit the library every year and we are excited to be able to offer unique events to complement his visit this year,” Powell Branch Librarian Faith Johnson said. “Grab a copy of ‘Spirit of Steamboat’ and come join the fun.”

The public must have a ticket to see Johnson at the library Sunday. That is due to limited space and to ensure the public’s safety, Faith Johnson said.

There are 100 tickets. The free tickets are available now at the Powell library and during “Longmire” night at the American Dream Drive-In Aug. 14.

Editor's note: This version corrects that the book discussion is being held Aug. 7, not Aug. 14.

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