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All ages will enjoy storyteller and author James J. Griffin when he shares Texas Ranger tales and other stories from the Old West. Jim wears a replica Colt 45 and brings a Winchester rifle for added authenticity. You’ll be treated to cowboy truths and maybe a yarn or two. Signed copies of Jim’s published works – for adults and children – will be available for purchase after the program. For your comfort, bring your own folding chair or blanket. Registration is recommended. Register here ONLINE to receive a reminder and/or email alert if there is a change to the program. (Program rain date is Thursday, July 22.)
Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library.
About the presenter:
James J. Griffin, while a native New Englander, has been a student of the frontier West from a very young age. He has travelled extensively throughout the western United States, and has visited many of the famous Western frontier towns, such as Tombstone, Pecos, Deadwood, Cheyenne, and numerous others.
Jim became particularly interested in the Texas Rangers from the television series Tales of the Texas Rangers. His deep interest in the Texas Rangers led him to amass an extensive collection of Texas Ranger artifacts, which is now in the permanent collections of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.
Jim has also been an avid horseman all of his life. He bought his first horse, a pinto, while he was a junior in college, and has owned several American Paint Horses. He is a member of the Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol, an organization which assists the state park rangers with patrolling the state parks and forests.
At the urging of James Reasoner, author of Texas Wind and The Civil War Battle Series, and many other novels, Jim decided to write a series of Texas Ranger novels. The first book, Trouble Rides the Texas Pacific, was published in 2005. With the success of that book, Jim was encouraged to continue his writing. His books are traditional Westerns in the best sense of the term, with strong heroes who have good moral values. Highly reminiscent of the pulp westerns of yesterday, the heroes and villians are clearly separated with few shades of gray. No anti-heroes to be found here.
Jim recently released two children's books. Deputy Pete and the Missing Muffin is an Early Reader picture book and Deputy Pete and the Purloined Pickle Puzzle is a chapter book for readers in grade level 4-6.
Jim is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. When not travelling out West, he currently divides his time between Branford, Connecticut and Keene, New Hampshire.