SCOTTSBLUFF — One Wyoming writer is making the trip to Scottsbluff to speak about his novels and how he got started in writing western mysteries.
After hearing about Wyoming author John D. Nesbitt, the Friends of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library contacted Nesbitt and asked him if he’d like to join them at their annual meeting.
Nesbitt will be discussing how he got started in writing and will talk about the genre of western mysteries. He will read excerpts from his latest book, “Blue Springs,” a story about a man searching for his ex-girlfriend when she goes missing.
“Some of his writing has been set in the Sandhills of Nebraska, but primarily the background is Wyoming — a place very familiar to him,” said Harriett Aden, Friends member.
In the book, Wilf Kasmire is surprised to hear from his ex-girlfriend, Dawn Jenkins — and even more puzzled when she asks if she can stay with him “for a while.” The note of worry in her tone has Wilf agreeing — against his better judgment, but also wondering if she’s in trouble. Her stay with Wilf is cut short when she disappears without a note and Wilf realizes he was right to be concerned. When another young woman’s body is found nearby their small Wyoming town, Wilf knows he’s got to assure himself of Dawn’s safety. But as time goes by, the clues he finds tell him otherwise. Now, someone’s also after Wilf, and he’s determined to discover if the would-be murderer is the same man who has abducted Dawn.
With little help from the local authorities, Wilf must stand alone against the man he believes is involved in a drug ring — a criminal who is likely responsible for at least two killings. A man who intends to murder Wilf, as well. But the need to know what happened to Dawn burns hot, and Wilf Kasmire is not one to admit defeat. Can he survive long enough to piece together the evidence he needs to bring the murderer down first? Nothing is certain in Blue Springs
Nesbitt is a full-time faculty member at Eastern Wyoming College and has taught courses on, basic writing, composition, introduction to literature, the short story, Western American literature, creative writing and Spanish. He has had more than 30 books published, including short story collections, contemporary novels, and traditional westerns, as well as textbooks for his courses. Nesbitt has won many awards for his work, including two awards from the Wyoming State Historical Society (for fiction), two awards from Wyoming Writers for encouragement of other writers and service to the organization, two Wyoming Arts Council literary fellowships (one for fiction, one for non- fiction), a Will Rogers Medallion Award for “Dark Prairie” (a frontier mystery) and another for “Thorns on the Rose” (a poetry collection), a Western Writers of America Spur finalist award for his novel Raven Springs, and the Spur award itself for his short story “At the End of the Orchard” and for his novels “Trouble at the Redstone” and “Stranger in Thunder Basin.”
The Friends of the Library is an organization which supports the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library and its staff. They decided to bring Nesbitt to town because they regularly come across patrons who are looking for westerns at their used books sales.
“We felt a writer of western novels would be interesting and also be a good drawing card for the public,” Aden said.
The Friends of the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library annual meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., at the library, located at 1809 3rd Ave, Scottsbluff. The event is free and open to the public. There is no admission charge. Nesbitt will speak following a brief business meeting. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the library at 308-630-6250.