CJ Box Wins 2016 Western Heritage Award for Literature

The National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City awarded its 2016 Literature Award to C.J. Box for Endangered (2015).

You can view his acceptance speech via the Wrangler Network here: 


Past winners for this award have included The Poacher’s Daughter by Michael Zimmer (Five Star/Cengage Gale) in 2015, The Son by Philipp Meyer (HarperCollins) in 2014, Unbroke Horses  by D.B. Jackson (Goldsminds Publishing) in 2013, rode by Thomas Fox Averill (University of New Mexico) in 2012, Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton (Hyperion Books) in 2011, and The Sundown Chaser by Dusty Richards (Berkley) in 2010.



Off The Grid Debuts at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List

Off the Grid, the 16th Joe Pickett novel, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Book Review for Hardcover Fiction on March 27, 2016.  It also debuted at #1 on Bookscan and Publishers Weekly the same week.

Additionally, Off The Grid debuted at #3 for E-Book Best Sellers on the New York Times and #2 for Combined Print and E-Book Best Sellers.

A sincere thank you to all the readers for making this happen.

News On The Joe Pickett Television Series

There won't be one. We have withdrawn the project from the producers who were in charge of developing and placing a series.

Why? We didn't like the direction they were going. It is of paramount importance that if a Joe Pickett series is ever produced and broadcast that it maintain the characters, storylines, sequence, themes, location, and narrative integrity of the books. Naming actors "Joe Pickett" or "Marybeth" or "Nate Romanowski" and creating wholly new personalities and motivations for them in a faux-Wyoming location won't cut it.

If and when there is ever a Joe Pickett television series we owe it to our readers and ourselves to present a quality product based on the unique world of the novels - not shaped by the brand of the network or the predilections of the producers. We want to be proud of the end result.

A television series (or movie) is not the be-all and end-all for a novelist.

What is the be-all and end-all? Meeting the expectations of enthusiastic and dedicated readers of the Joe Pickett series book by book. We don't want to let you down. And we can hold out until we're absolutely assured it will be done right.