Historical novelist to hold book signing in Craig

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Historical novelist Suzanne Lyon will be in Craig Thursday to talk about her newly released novel, "Bandit Invincible: Butch Cassidy."

Lyon will be here as part of the On the Shelf Books quest to "bring in those with a relevant title," said Linda Booker, owner of the Craig store.

"Bandit Invincible: Butch Cassidy" tells a story of outlaw Butch Cassidy from his Mormon childhood in Utah and first bank robbery in Telluride, Colo., to his career as leader of the most feared and admired gang of thieves the West ever knew.

Cassidy is known in Northwest Colorado as he often holed up in Brown's Park with rancher Elizabeth Bassett. The book relives stories about this relationship and other adventures of Cassidy, including his dealings with murderous bandits and unscrupulous cattle barons.

Through research for the novel, Lyon was also able to identify Robert Leroy Parker, George Cassidy and William T. Phillips as aliases of Cassidy.

"This book will make an excellent Christmas gift," Booker said. "It is a novel, but historically correct."

Lyon was raised in the Midwest and moved to Colorado at 17 to attend Colorado College. She worked as a lawyer for organizations such as the National Park Service and now devotes her talents to writing, lured into historical fiction by the landscapes and legends of the West.

Living in Denver, she will release her next book "Lady Buckaroo," based on the lives of female rodeo stars in the 1920s. Release is set for September 2000.

Lyon will be at On the Shelf Books, 519 Yampa Ave., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

On the Shelf Books also held a book signing Dec. 11 with Lou Dean, a 20-year veteran of freelance writing. He was in Craig promoting his new book, "Osage County Kids," published by Clinescot Publishing in Dinosaur, Colo.

According to Booker, "Osage County Kids" is made up of humorous stories of Dean's childhood. It is a "memoir of his own childhood."

This was Dean's third visit to the book store in Craig and it was "very well attended," Booker said.

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