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Mountain of Authors

This guide provides information about a free annual community program for local authors and writers.

Fans of westerns, this event is for you!  

Johnny D. Boggs will speak about the western genre, his experiences being an author of westerns, and much more.

Author will have a limited selection and quantity of books available for purchase (cash only please).

Winner of a record eight Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, novelist Johnny D. Boggs has been praised by Booklist magazine as “among the best western writers at work today.”

Boggs has also won a Western Heritage Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. His Spurs came for Best Western Novel in 2006 for Camp Ford and 2012 for Legacy of a Lawman; Best Western Juvenile Novel in 2008 for Doubtful Cañon and 2010 for Hard Winter; Best Mass Market Western Novel in 2012 for West Texas Kill and 2017 for Return to Red River; and for Best Short Fiction in 2002 for A Piano at Dead Man’s Crossing. Only the late Elmer Kelton has won that many Spurs. Boggs won his Wrangler for Outstanding Western Novel of 2003 for Spark on the Prairie: The Trial of the Kiowa Chiefs.

His novels Poison Spring, Greasy Grass, Summer of the Star, And There I’ll Be a Soldier, South by Southwest, Killstraight, Northfield, The Hart Brand and Ten and Me and his short stories The Cody War, Comanche Camp at Dawn, Umpire Colt and The San Angela Stump Match of 1876 were Spur finalists.

Other honors include: 2011 Distinguished Alumnus from the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication; 2013 New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Rounders Award for living, articulating and promoting the Western way of life; and 2015 Arkansiana Juvenile Award from the Arkansas Library Association for Poison Spring. True West magazine named him the Best Living Fiction Writer in its 2008 Best of the West Awards, and the magazine’s readers voted him Best Living Fiction Writer in 2012.

     A native of South Carolina, Boggs worked almost 15 years in Texas as a sports journalist at the Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram before moving to New Mexico in 1998 to concentrate full time on his novels and books.

     Boggs is also a prolific writer of short nonfiction with works appearing in more than 50 magazines and newspapers; has also written nonfiction books (including Jesse James and the Movies; and Billy the Kid on Film, 1911-2012); is a professional photojournalist; and has acted on stage in local theater.

     He lives with his wife and son in Santa Fe, and is represented by Golden West Literary Agency. His website is


Mountain of Authors (MOA) is a free annual community program that provides an opportunity for the public and local authors to network, listen to notable authors, as well as learn more about the craft of writing and trends in publishing. Click on one of the tabs to the left to discover more information about this library program.  It is free to attend, there is no registration, and all are welcome!

Listen here to an interview about Mountain of Authors 2019 with Judith McKay of KCMJ 93.9FM on Voices and Views!