The popular Western mystery Walt Longmire series has grown to 15 novels. "Longmire," the television show based on the books, was launched in 2012 by A&E and later picked up as a Netflix series. Its fifth season will launch Oct. 2015.

Johnson has suggested that many of the colorful characters who inhabit his books are based on his own friends and family. Guests of Nov. 11 Cobb Speaker Series will learn firsthand how these real-life inspirations became best-selling novels.

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