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Craig Johnson to Keynote Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s 2018 Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction

    AI 2018 Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson, author of the bestselling Walt Longmire mystery series (the basis for Longmire, the popular hit Netflix original drama), will be the keynote speaker at Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation’s annual Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction.

    Johnson’s books have won multiple awards, including but not limited to the Wyoming Historical Association’s Book of the Year, the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award, the Mountains and Plains Book of the Year, the SNCF Prix de Polar, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Library Journal's Best Mystery of the Year, and the Will Rogers Award for Fiction. The latest Longmire novel, Depth of Winter, will be released in September 2018. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

    The 2018 Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. FVRL Foundation noted that Johnson will replace Daniel Handler, who the Foundation had previously announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s event.

    The Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction is in its 18th year and is FVRL Foundation’s signature fundraiser. Previous keynote speakers have included former First Lady Laura Bush, John Lithgow, Nicholas Sparks, Diana Gabaldon, Brad Meltzer, and Rebecca Skloot. Proceeds from the fundraiser help underwrite various public library programs in southwest Washington.

    Tickets to this event are $90 each, and tables of 10 are available at a discounted rate of $850. There are also a limited number of tickets available for a private reception with Johnson for $25 per person. Tickets for the event can be purchased by following this link:

    FVRL Foundation is currently seeking sponsors and silent auction donations for this event. Columbia Credit Union has confirmed that it will continue its longstanding role as the Presenting Sponsor.

    For more information about the Authors & Illustrators Dinner & Silent Auction, please contact the FVRL Foundation office at 360-906-4700 or Information is also available on FVRL Foundation’s website ( and Facebook page (