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C.J. BOX

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C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 27 novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction.  He was recently awarded the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature by the National Cowboy Museum as well as the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Novel by the Western Writers of America in 2017.  Over seven million copies of his books have been sold in the U.S. and abroad and they’ve been translated into 27 languages.

Wolf Pack, the 19th Joe Pickett novel, was published March or 2019 and debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list and remained on the list for five consecutive weeks. 

Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he owned an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. In 2008, Box was awarded the “BIG WYO” Award from the state tourism industry. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and currently serves on the Wyoming Office of Tourism Board. They have three daughters and two grandchildren. He and his wife Laurie live on their small ranch in Wyoming.

He’s an Executive Producer for BIG SKY on ABC TV which is based on his Cody Hoyt/Cassie Dewell novels as well as EP for the upcoming Joe Pickett television series for Paramount TV.

C.J. BOX

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The Rt. Hon. David Trimble, the leader of Northern Ireland’s Unionist party, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), was known for a long time for his implacable stance toward the Nationalists. But only a few weeks after taking over as party leader in 1995, he launched discussions with his political opponents in search of a compromise.

Trimble sat down at the negotiating table with the Prime Minister of Ireland, the old arch-enemy Sinn Fein, and the British. In April, 1998, he was one of the signatories to a peace agreement which he persuaded a UUP majority to support. The Good Friday agreement entailed extended self-government for Northern Ireland under which a reasonable degree of influence was secured for both population groups. The penal code would be reviewed, imprisoned terrorists would be released, and unlawful weapons would be destroyed.

The Nobel Peace Prize encouraged Trimble, co-recipient with Social Democratic and Labour Party leader John Hume, to take further steps in the peace process after he had taken over as First Minister in Northern Ireland’s coalition government in November, 1999.