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Casper native creates modern Wyoming warden

05/01/2005 - Join one of Casper's own, author Chuck Box, for a book signing of his latest release, Out of Range. The event featuring live music will be at the Attic, located above Wonder Bar (256 S. Center) Wednesday, June 8, from 4:00-8:00 pm.

Chuck Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series of novels, including Open Season (2001), Savage Run (2002), Winter Kill (2003), Trophy Hunt (2004), and Out of Range (May, 2005). The novels have been national best sellers

and have been translated into twelve languages. Chuck is the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 Award (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, an Edgar Award, and LA Times Book Prize finalist. His novels have been cited by the New York Times (2001 Notable Book), Booksense 76, People Magazine, Book list and many other publications.

Born and raised in Casper, Chuck has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, and a small town newspaper reporter and editor. He co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife of twenty-one years, Laurie. An avid outdoorsman, he has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden and skied throughout Wyoming and the mountain west. Chuck and Laurie Box have three daughters, Molly and Becky (eighteen-year-old twins), and Roxanne (14). They make their home just outside Cheyenne. Chuck's parents, brother and sister still reside in Casper.

Chuck grew up in Casper during the last boom, which occurred in the mid to late seventies. He says it was a "great time . . . place to grow up," and "very much a go/go place." He sees interesting parallels in the current economic boom occurring in Casper.

When asked what he loves about Wyoming, he responds, "I could go on and on. I love the culture, the history, even the current culture. The people are well educated . . . much more than that for which they are given credit. They are survivors . . . individualistic."

"My novels include environmental issues that are integral to the modern West. The land itself the environment plays a major role in all the Joe Pickett novels. That's because the land in the Rocky Mountain West dominates day-to-day existence. The fight over the land provides the conflict and the stories. The fight has economic, idealogical, historical, and theological overtones." Box succeeds in presenting these strong issues in a balanced way.

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