Addie Barber

Addie Barber of Cleburne checks out one of John R. Erickson’s “Hank the Cowdog” books at the Cleburne Public Library.

“Hank the Cowdog” series author John R. Erickson will visit Cleburne Saturday for a Cleburne Public Library hosted event at the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W. Henderson St.

Erickson’s appearances, which are free, are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Registration is suggested, however, as seating is limited. 

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In addition to speaking, Erickson’s books will be on sale and he will be on hand to autograph them. The library will also be giving away a limited number of books.

Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, published the first book in the series, “The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog,” in 1983 and has since sold more than 9 million copies of his 70 plus books. Erickson’s books have received numerous awards and accolades including Book-of-the-Month Club selections and the Audie Award for Outstanding Children’s Series from the Audio Publisher’s Association.

A University of Texas at Austin graduate, Erickson also attended Harvard Divinity School.

“We encourage people to register because we’re getting a lot of feedback and interest from parents, grandparents and local schools,” Cleburne Library Manager Tina Dunham said. “This is a very exciting event and we feel fortunate to be able to welcome Mr. Erickson to Cleburne. A lot of kids love Hank the Cowdog and are excited and looking forward to this. But their parents and grandparents are excited too. 

“A lot of them remember reading the books when they were kids, or remember reading them to their kids or grand kids so it’s really an intergenerational event. I think many of the parents and grandparents are just as excited as the kids to be meeting Mr. Erickson.”

Hank, the “smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, has a nose for trouble, of penchant for working things out and a bumper crops of humorous yarns. 

Erickson lives on a working ranch near Perryton with his wife. 

“Write about something you know,” Erickson answered when asked his advice to young writers. “Try to leave your readers better off than they were before.”

A grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services made Erickson’s appearance possible.

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