Center for the Study of the American West Hosting Event With ‘Hank the Cowdog' Creator John Erickson - A Talk on "Prairie Gothic," by John R. Erickson

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | By Hank's Staff



"CANYON, TX - Award-winning Western author John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, will share how he combines personal and Panhandle history in works like his classic book, Prairie Gothic, at a 7:30 p.m. presentation Tuesday, March 20 at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Hazlewood Lecture Hall.The event is sponsored by West Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW).

The presentation, titled “Prairie Gothic: Writing Regional History,” will be followed by a book signing and reception with coffee sponsored by Palace Coffee, desserts courtesy of Joe’s Catering and champagne donated by Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits.

Throughout his career, Erickson has written and published more than 75 books and 600 articles. Although he is best known as the author of the Hank the Cowdog series, his collection of work also includes numerous non-fiction works, including Prairie Gothic, Through Time and the Valley and Story Craft. Erickson’s stories have received numerous accolades including the Audie, Oppenheimer, Wrangler and Lamplighter Awards. The Hank series, which began in 1983 through Erickson’s garage-based publishing company, Maverick Books, has become one of the nation’s most popular children’s series. Through the voice of Hank, a witty, smart-aleck cowdog, Erickson provides readers with a palatable yet well-documented chronicle of ranch life in the West Texas Panhandle." (READ THE ARTICLE)