ROBERT OLMSTEAD is the author of seven novels, the memoir STAY HERE WITH ME, and RIVER DOGS, a collection of short stories. His three most recent novels, known as the Childs Trilogy: COAL BLACK HORSE, FAR BRIGHT STAR, and THE COLDEST NIGHT, have been optioned by Casey Affleck. FAR BRIGHT STAR, declared one of the top ten westerns of the decade by Booklist, will be directed by Affleck and star Joaquin Phoenix. Olmstead’s many awards include two Ohioana Book Awards, Amazon Top 100, Kirkus Top 25, Publisher’s Weekly Top 100, a Spur Award for Best Novel from the Western Writers of America, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction, a #1 Pick Booksense, Senior Arts Fellowships from Ohio and Pennsylvania, Idaho Press Club Award and Black Warrior Review Fiction Award, as well as Fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 2017 his novel Savage Country was published by Algonquin Books.