Renowned western writer Michael Wallis, who three times has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, will speak on “The Creation of the Wild West” at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West on June 14.
Wallis, who has also been nominated for a National Book Award, will lecture at 4 p.m. that day about how the truth and myths of the West were meshed to portray Old West views.
The author of 19 books, Wallis will do an autograph signing after his lecture.
In describing this combining of reality and fact as applied to the Old West, Wallis likes to quote a comment from the movie, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” In that film, a character notes, “When the fact becomes legend, print the legend.”
Wallis, who received an Emmy Award for work on the documentary “Boomtown,” and has won numerous other writing awards, considers it his task to separate the truth from the false stories.