Cross Plains Public Library’s “Meet the Author” series is excited to present western writer Patrick Dearen at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the library conference room. Dearen is the author of 20 works-11 novels and 9 nonfiction books, including “Perseverance” (which is set partly in Comanche County in the early 1930s) and “To Hell or the Pecos,” a western set in the Pecos River country in 1886.

An authority on the Pecos and Devils Rivers of Texas, Dearen has gained recognition for his knowledge of old-time cowboy life. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he preserved the firsthand accounts of 76 men who cowboyed before 1932. Dearen has been honored by Western Writers of America, West Texas Historical Association, and Permian Historical Association.

Mark your calendars to join us for this informative presentation, followed by light refreshments.