C.J. Box
New York Times Bestselling Novelist

C. J. Box is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen 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, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. His short stories have been featured in America’s Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel Blood Trail was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin (Ireland) Literary Award. The novels have been translated into 27 languages. Open Season, Blue Heaven and Nowhere To Run have been optioned for film. Over 3 million copies of his novels have been sold in the U.S. alone.


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 outdoors-man, 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. They have three daughters. He lives in Wyoming.


Two novels were published in 2013: Breaking Point (3/12, A Joe Pickett novel) debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List and remained for five consecutive weeks.  The Highway (a stand-alone featuring Cody Hoyt) was released July and debuted at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List.


In 2014 Box released Stone Cold, the latest Joe Pickett novel. Shots Fired: Stories From Joe Pickett Country will be released in late July.

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In bestselling author C.J. Box's Back of Beyond,  Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend...

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Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine...

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A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother are on the run in the Idaho woods, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder—four men who know...

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When two sisters set out across a remote stretch of Montana road to visit their friend, little do they know it will be the last time anyone might ever hear...

Life and Writing in the Mountain Time Zone: C.J.'s keynote about his work, his life, and his passion for the American West


"He was tremendous—engaging and funny. In the seven years I’ve been running the series I can’t remember so many in the audience being so familiar with an author’s work." - Jim Natal, The Literary Southwest at Yavapai College

“I thought things went really well with CJ Box this weekend. His 10 a.m. solo session was well-attended … and his noon luncheon was sold out at 120 people, with a LONG line for him at the book signing that followed. We were so pleased to host him in Sioux Falls, so his “East River South Dakota” fans had a chance to meet him in person! And we’d love to have him back next year!”
– Jennifer Widman, South Dakota Humanities Council

“The event was terrific. Our Friends group, who sponsored the event and the reception, were beyond pleased. He was as nice and personable as could be, answered a ton of questions, did a book signing both before and after. The program evaluations all had comments about how much they enjoyed it and how funny he was.”
- Jennifer Shepley, Chesterfield County Public Library

“C.J. was AWESOME!!  We (and all our patrons!) had a wonderful time.  He was funny, personable, a delightful storyteller and a great presenter...and he was enthusiastically received.  He signed LOTS of books and was always patient while he listened to many stories from his fans."
–Heather Stout, Community / Youth Services Librarian, Lewiston City Library

"It was indeed a fabulous evening. C.J. has tons of local fans and his talk engaged everyone. It was such a pleasure to have him in Steamboat Springs."
-Jennie Lay, Adult Programs Coordinator, Bud Werner Memorial Library, Steamboat Springs, CO

"He is a wonderful, gracious person and was completely endearing to his fans. We had people who drove 200 miles to meet him—-a four-hour hilly, curvy trip. He had time for everyone. He brought in over 100 festival attendees to his presentation which was the largest crowd we had for any one speaker all afternoon. In short, Arkansas LOVES C.J. Box!"
-Jean Elderwind, Administrator, Carroll and Madison Library System

"It was an amazing event! For our first author talk, we could not have done better. People just ate CJ up. He is such a class act, gracious to everyone.”
-Windsor Library