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May 12, 2014

Author returns to 19th century West

Larry McMurtry is famously known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Lonesome Dove” that was made into a television miniseries. His first published book was made into the movie “Hud” and this pattern of books to movies followed much of his career. Other books made into movies include “The Last Picture Show” and “Terms of Endearment.” He won the Oscar in 2006 for his screenplay of “Brokeback Mountain.” And he’s still writing. 

McMurtry has roots in the west. His grandfather made a living breaking horses and his father raised cattle. He says that he’s bored with the 19th century American West, yet he keeps returning to stories of that era. He said he believes he’s written some good books but not great ones.

His latest book is called “The Last Kind Words Saloon” and tells a less-than-romantic story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. According to Lynn Neary at NPR, McMurtry has stripped away the legend of the shootout at OK Corral. He describes Wyatt Earp as “not a very nice man.” Wyatt didn’t talk much and spent a lot of time doing nothing. He hit his wife, got people killed for no good reason and failed at becoming a star in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.


For the entire month of May we’re holding The Great Spring Cleaning Book Sale to help reduce the build-up of three years of books in our basement. For only $1 you can purchase a bag filled with any of the items in the Book Sale. Bring your own plastic grocery store bag or ask for one at the desk. I’m sure you’ll find a treasure.


Master Fly Tyer, Dave Brandt will discuss the history of fly fishing in the Greater Catskill area from 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 19. Come enjoy stories about fishing in the Catskills and learn about fly tyers, fly rods, and all things fly fishing. Dave Brandt teaches fly fishing at the State University College at Oneonta and has been an instructor for the past 28 years at the Wulff Fishing School. He is a well-known and respected Catskill-area fly fisherman. Visit the Library’s display of fly fishing to get a taste of Dave’s expertise.

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