Library luncheon to be held Thursday

By Randy Bruce

April 20, 2014

Piloting a jet over magnificent mountain ranges and endless deserts, George Goldthwaite developed a love for the American West that developed into a second career as a writer of Western novels.

Goldthwaite will speak about his books at a Brown-Bag Luncheon at noon on Thursday, April 24, at Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library, 1515 W. Main St. in Durant.

The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Reynolds Library and is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown-bag lunch and eat during Goldthwaite’s presentation. The Friends will provide cookies and bottled water.

Goldthwaite’s series of novels, the Graham Ranch Legacy trilogy, tells a continuing story that takes place on a ranch on the Texas Frontier. Elements included in the series are: a boy’s childhood cut short by the War Between the States, the kidnapping by outlaws of a bride from her wedding, and a buried fortune in gold bullion.

Beginning with “From Youth to Vengeance,” the series continues with “The Return of Sam Rache” and “Captain Marsh’s Gold.”

The luncheon speaker has been compared to Elmer Kelton, often called the dean of Western writers, in his authenticity of research and ability to tell an exciting story.

A reader review on amazon.com says of the Graham Ranch Legacy books, “As an epic period Western, this series is right up there with ‘Lonesome Dove’” (Larry McMurtrey’s acclaimed novel).

Goldthwaite’s series is available in audio books and will be for sale at the luncheon.

The former pilot earned his wings in 1974 at the United States Naval Academy, and piloted the A-6 Intruder off the carrier USS Ranger. He later instructed in the T-39 Sabreliner in Pensacola, Florida. On leaving the service in 1979, he flew for Delta Airlines and was based out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

After a twenty-five-year career of flying passengers across the nation’s skies, he retired to follow another passion, writing novels of the West. He is a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth Writers’ Workshop and the Western Writers of America.

Goldthwaite is the father of three sons, all pilots. Two currently serve, one in the Air Force and one in the Navy. The third was formerly in the Air Force and now flies for a major airline.

The author resides not far from his hometown of Fort Worth with his wife and golden retriever. Living a Texas-style version of the old West, he maintains a rural home in north Texas and a hunting ranch in Mills County.