Estes Park Author John Vernon Releases New Novel, “Lucky Billy”
The Estes Park Public Library and Macdonald Book Shop will host a special evening with local author John Vernon on Friday, November 14, at 7 p.m. Vernon’s newest book, “Lucky Billy,” has just been published by Houghton Mifflin, and it has already received wide acclaim. The novel is a compelling and thoroughly researched tale about the life of Billy the Kid, featuring new insights into the dramatic life of the legendary outlaw. Vernon will share readings from his new book and discuss the research that inspired “Lucky Billy” to take shape. The author will also sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase after the talk.
This free event will take place in the Hondius Room of the Estes Park Public Library.
John Nichols, author of “The Milagro Beanfield War,” wrote these impressions of Vernon’s newest book: “‘Lucky Billy’ is a fascinating and engrossing novel, as good as anything by Cormac McCarthy or Ron Hansen. It’s an original tale and richly written in an authentic, tough, and wild language evocative of the times. This is not a ‘western’; it’s not just another peg in the legend of Billy the Kid; it’s a moving work of art that belongs right up there with the best of our national literature.”
John Vernon is the author of eleven books, including the book of poems “Ann,” the memoir “A Book of Reasons,” and the novels “La Salle,” “Lindbergh’s Son,” “Peter Doyle,” “All for Love: Baby Doe and Silver Dollar,” and “The Last Canyon.” His work has appeared in “Harper’s,” “Poetry,” “American Poetry Review,” “The Nation,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The New York Times Book Review,” and many other magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Two of his books have been named “New York Times” Notable Books of the Year, and he has been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts grants. He is the 21st faculty member to be named a Distinguished Professor at Binghamton University (the State University of New York at Binghamton), where he teaches in the Spring semester each year. He is also affiliated with the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. Between May and January he lives in Estes Park, and combines a life of writing with one of mountain climbing and hiking.
For more information about the event, contact the Library at (970) 586-8116 or Macdonald Book Shop at (970) 586-3450.