‘Westerner’ writer publishes two new books

PARKERSBURG — A local writer has published two new books.

Roger M. Crowley, of Vienna, who has chronicled movie and TV westerns and the stars of the genre, is the author of the magazine series “The Westerner.”

He has recently published “The Westerner Special Commemorative Issue” and “Campfire Conversations.”

“The Westerner Special Commemorative Issue” contains many of the events Crowley covered for his magazine from 1986-1996.

The more than 20 articles are about the 100th anniversary of the Dalton Raid at Coffeyville, Kan., Lincoln, Neb., and the “most elusive badge” in Arizona. Crowley also writes about “Laramie,” a TV show, the Lone Pine Film Festival in California and horses in the westerns, including behind the scenes at several movies.

Among the behind the scenes is an article about John Wayne in the classic “True Grit” and a color poster of the four movies Wayne filmed at Old Tucson, Crowley said.

The softbound book is 112 pages with more than 100 photos.

“Campfire Conversations” was written with Tim Lilley. He and Crowley interviewed many people Wayne worked with in the movies.

They include Patrick Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and John Agar. Stuntmen they interviewed included Yakima Canutt, Jack Williams, Chuck Roberson, Terry Wilson and 28 others.

“There is a wealth of information on what it was like working with John Wayne on many of his classic movie locations,” Crowley said.

The book, also softbound, is 190 pages with more than 100 photos.

Crowley will autograph the book by contacting him at 304 295-3143 or by emailing him at oldwestshop@aol.com. He also has available his book “John Wayne-An American Legend.”