A big shout-out to Vancouver resident Pam Nordick from best-selling author Craig Johnson, the creator of the “Longmire” Western-crime novels that became a super-popular TV series.
Popular or not, the A&E Network canceled the show after three seasons, so Nordick sprang into action just the way Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire might. She formed up a posse — the Longmire Posse, an official fan group — that rode social media hard and managed to save the show. It lived on Netflix for three more years.
“I’m a warrior, whether you’re talking about ‘Longmire’ or my neighborhood,” said Nordick, a longtime organizer in the Landover-Sharmel neighborhood of east Vancouver. Nordick loves the “Longmire” books for their rich narratives, character development and scenic descriptions — “One of the co-stars is the environment itself,” she said — but there’s a good reason why she lobbied for the “Longmire” TV show too: her nephew, Adam Bartley, is in the cast. He plays sheriff’s Deputy Archie “The Ferg” Ferguson.
When “Longmire” author Johnson learned he had an invitation to speak in Vancouver, he immediately thought of Nordick. “If anybody is personally responsible for getting the show picked back up, she is,” he said during a telephone interview with The Columbian. “She was very instrumental.”
Johnson will give the keynote speech during the Fort Vancouver Library Foundation’s annual Authors & Illustrators dinner and silent auction, set for Nov. 7. He’s promoting Walt Longmire’s 15th adventure, “Depth of Winter,” and said he’s always grateful to libraries and independent bookstores for supporting him.