LCCC Orientation

Literary Connection

The Literary Connection is an annual gathering of readers and writers to celebrate the written word.

Lose yourself in the joy of books with guest authors Craig Johnson and Sharman Apt Russell. Let their experiences captivate you, see what they are working on for future projects and enjoy the opportunity to engage in conversation with our award-winning guest authors.


Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is the author of eight novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs. Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association's Book of the Year, won France's Le Prix 813. Another Man's Moccasins was the Western Writers of America's Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama, Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff.

Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell has published a dozen books translated into a dozen languages. She was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing for Diary of a Citizen Scientist (Oregon State University Press, 2014), which also won the WILLA Award. The Burroughs Medal was first given in 1926, and recipients include environmentalists like Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson, as well as contemporary writers like John McPhee and Barry Lopez. Currently, Sharman is working on Within Our Grasp: Feeding the World's Children for a Better and Greener Future (Pantheon Books/Vintage, 2019) that combines her longtime interest in the environment with her longtime interest in hunger. Her Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist (Basic Books, 2008) was named by Booklist as a top ten book in religion and her Hunger: An Unnatural History (Basic Books, 2005) was written with the help of a Rockefeller Fellowship.

Recent work in fiction include Knocking on Heaven's Door (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016), an eco-sci-fi set in a Paleoterrific future, winner of the Arizona Authors Association for Fiction and New Mexico/Arizona Book Award for Science Fiction, and her award-winning YA Teresa of the New World (Skyhorse Publishing, 2015), set in the dreamscape of the sixteenth-century American Southwest. Her essays have been published in many magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has thrice judged the PEN Award in Children's Literature. She lives in the Gila Valley of southwestern New Mexico and teaches part-time at Antioch University in Los Angeles. For more information, go to