2020 Authors & Presenters

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, as well as three works of short fiction featuring the beloved sheriff. His acclaimed books have won the Western Writers of America's Spur Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award for fiction, the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and the Wyoming Historical Association's Book of the Year award. They have been named best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Spirit of Steamboat was chosen as the first One Book Wyoming selection. The series has been adapted for television by Warner Bros. as the hit show Longmire, now an original program on Netflix. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five. Find out more on Craig Johnson at www.craigallenjohnson.com. Join Craig at the Kick-off Reception; Tour de Daggers Dinner; Longmire Screening and discussion; “Noir in the Bar” event; and Old West Murder Mystery Dinner.

Christine Carbo is the author of an ensemble series set in and around Glacier National Park. Her books include The Wild Inside (2015), Mortal Fall (2016), The Weight of Night (2017) and A Sharp Solitude (2018, Atria Books). After earning a pilot’s license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and a brief stint as a flight attendant, she got an MA in English and taught writing, linguistics and literature courses at a community college in Northwest Montana for over a decade. She is a recipient of the Womens’ National Book Association Pinckley Prize, the Silver Falchion Award and the High Plains Book Award. Christine is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Authors of the Flathead, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Outdoor Writers Association of America, and Western Writers of America. Find out more at www.christinecarbo.com. Join Christine at the Kick-off Reception; Tour de Daggers Dinner; Bloody Atmosphere Workshop; “Noir in the Bar” event; and Old West Murder Mystery Dinner.
Jakob Rodgers is a reporter for The Gazette, the daily newspaper in his hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has covered a range of crime since arriving in 2010, including the Halloween morning shooting of 2015 and the Planned Parenthood shooting a month later. In his 12 years as a journalist, he also has covered the public safety net, the military and education. Join Jakob at the Kick-off Reception; Coffee & Colorado Cold Cases discussion; “Noir in the Bar” event; and Old West Murder Mystery Dinner.

Lance Benzel is a daily newspaper reporter with nearly two decades of experience on the crime beat. He got his start in Chicago -- at the late, great City News wire service -- and followed his passion for the outdoors to the Rocky Mountain West. He covers the criminal courts for The Gazette in Colorado Springs. Join Jakob at the Kick-off Reception; Coffee & Colorado Cold Cases discussion; “Noir in the Bar” event; and Old West Murder Mystery Dinner.

Rachel Monroe grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2012 she has been based in Marfa, Texas where she is a freelance writer, volunteer firefighter, and occasional radio host. Rachel has written about crime, communes, utopias, drones, small towns, firefighters, fires, border issues, haunted houses, and motorcycles, among other things. Rachel was recently a finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists and named as one of 56 women journalists everyone should read by New York Magazine. Her essay about murder fandom and adolescence, "Outside the Manson Pinkberry," originally published in The Believer, is anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2018.

Barbara Nickless is the #1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the “blisteringly original” Sydney Parnell crime novels featuring a railway cop and her K9 partner. About the series, Jeffery Deaver promises “you’ll fall in love with one of the best characters in thriller fiction.” The series has been optioned for television and has won two Colorado Book Awards and the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. The first book in the series was a Suspense Magazine “Best of 2016” selection. Barbara’s essays and short stories have appeared in Writer’s DigestCriminal ElementPenguin Random House, and other markets. She also teaches creative writing to veterans at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Barbara is often in the Rocky Mountains where she loves to hike, cave, and drink single malt Scotch—although usually not at the same time. Connect with her at www.barbaranickless.com.