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Nevada Authors & Books

Nevada Authors & Books

Throughout the course of Nevadan history there have been many notable books, poems, and other literary works written and composed by Nevadan authors. We recognize their labors and celebrate their literary heritage. We’ve compiled some of these literary works and invite you to learn more about them and the authors who wrote them.

Literary Nevada | by Cheryll Glotfelty

Over 200 writings about Nevada with selections from Native American tales to contemporary writings on urban experience and environmental concerns. The state of Nevada embodies paradox and contradiction—home to one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation and to isolated ranches scattered across a sparsely populated backcountry. Nevada is a place where the lust for sudden wealth has prompted both wild mining booms and glittering casinos, and where forbidding atomic test sites coexist with alluring tourist meccas. The variety and distinctiveness of Nevada’s landscape and peoples have inspired writers from the beginning of immigrant contact with the region. This contact has produced abundant literary wealth that includes the rich oral traditions of Native American peoples and an amazing spectrum of contemporary voices.

Glotfelty, Cheryll. Literary Nevada. University of Nevada Press, 01 Aug 2014. 17 Apr 2014

Nevada 150 Years in the Silver State | edited by Geoff Schumacher

October 31, 2014, will mark the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood. The official commemorative volume of the Nevada Sesquicentennial, Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State is a compelling historical, visual, and cultural portrait of the “Battle Born” state. Editor Geoff Schumacher, a well-known Nevada journalist and author, brings together contributions from the state’s finest writers and photographers. This ambitious book profiles each of Nevada’s seventeen counties, as well as its diverse cultural treasures.

Schumacher, Geoff. “Spring 2014 Nevada Press”. nvbooks.nevada.edu. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. Web. 17 Apr. 2014.

A Man of his Word | by Michael Archer

William J. Raggio is one of Nevada’s best known and most admired citizens. A native Nevadan, his public service began in 1952 and ended in 2011, with more than thirty-eight years as a lawmaker!

Before he was a lawmaker, Bill was a law enforcer. As a gutsy district attorney, he fought corruption in the Reno city government and police department; personally prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Nevada; and was subject, along with his family, to threats from dangerous criminal elements bent on destroying his reputation – or worse.

Starting when Reno was still the state’s gaming and entertainment Capital, Bill’s engaging personality and reputation as a tough pro-secutor and brilliant legal mind, has drawn to him the nation’s most famous and powerful.

Archer, Michael. A man of his word . Bill Raggio. 17 Apr. 2014

Are we there yet? | by Izobel & Cianna Sturges

“LAS VEGAS … ARE WE THERE YET?” is a one-of-a-kind eye-popping colorful, hardbound family guidebook loaded with more than just invaluable travel information. It is “set up like a scrapbook packed with photos and ideas on what to do in Las Vegas”* and Nevada. Moreover, the book also has unique features like budget checklist, packing lists, a sample itinerary, and most of all, an interactive brag book section where kids can write their journal and display their show-and-tell photos. This is a memory keepsake forever book for family travelers to Nevada as well as residents and locals who are not familiar with what our beautiful state offers!

-Literary Las Vegas, RJ North View, 4/17/14

Sturges, Izobel & Cianna. Las Vegas, Are we there yet?. Outskirt Press, Published December 31, 2013.

At Pyramid Lake | by Bernard Mergen

Pyramid Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Great Basin, the terminus of the Truckee River flowing from Lake Tahoe into northern Nevada. This desert oasis, with a surface area of nearly two hundred square miles, is a unique geological feature and was home to the Paiute for thousands of years before the arrival of explorer John C. Frémont in 1844.

For the Paiute, it was a spiritual center that provided life-sustaining resources, such as the cui-ui, a fish unique to the lake and now endangered. For the ranchers and farmers who settled on tribal lands, the waters that flowed into it were necessary to raise cattle and crops. Mergen tells how these competing interests have interacted with the lake and with each other, from the Paiute War of 1860 to the present.The lake’s very existence was threatened by dams and water diversion; it was saved by tribal claims, favorable court decisions, improved water laws, and the rise of environmentalism.

Mergen, Bernard. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Barbara F. Vucanovich | by Barbara F. Vucanovich and Patricia D. Cafferata

Barbara Vucanovich was sixty-two when she ran in her first election, becoming the first woman ever elected to a federal office from Nevada. In this engaging memoir, written with her daughter, she reflects on the road that led her to Washington—her years as mother, businesswoman, and volunteer. Patricia D. Cafferate served as Nevada state treasurer and district attorney of Lincoln, Lander, and Esmerelda Counties. She lives in Reno, Nevada.

Vucanovich, F., Barbara; Cafferate, D., Patricia. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Bars of Nevada | The Historical, the Hysterical and the Barely Standing

Frank, Jim, Larry and Bob are just 4 guys who enjoy each other’s company and that of a good glass of beer. Follow their journey through Nevada’s back roads, city streets, back alleys, and all places in between as they share their experiences, the places they have seen and their insights on life in this book chock full of legends and local lore.

Order your copies now as this highly acclaimed book will NOT last long on the shelves. These books make great gifts for friends, family, an anyone interested in the fun side of Nevada history or if you know someone who just enjoys a good drink in a fun place.

Carol Purroy | Nevada Writer

Carol Purroy, a Reno resident, born and raised in California’s Central Valley, has taught memoir and creative writing at TMCC and other venues for 25 years.

She’s been a teacher; psychotherapist; disaster relief worker; retreat and seminar leader; TV show host and producer (including Living Treasures and Author! Author!). As a publisher, she enabled many writers to become published authors.

Before branching out into fiction, she focused on memoir. Her How-to/Why-to book, Your Life Oughta Be A Book, is considered their “writer’s bible” by many. She published her own memoir — That’s Life — as an example for others.

Her latest work of fiction — Tiara — is partially set in Northern Nevada. (It starts at Virginia City High School’s prom and ends in Reno.) Two other books set in Northern Nevada are in the works.

She writes fiction for children, teens and adults.

Chris Platt | Nevada Writer

Chris Platt is an award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including the popular horse novels Moon Shadow; Willow King and its sequel, Race the Wind; and many titles in the Thoroughbred juvenile fiction series..

She has a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, and specializes in writing about horses.

During her youth she worked as a jockey in Oregon (she was one of the first female jockeys in the state), and has been a life-long horse owner.

Platt, Chris. About Chris. Chris Platt Books, Books About horses for Young Adults.

Christopher Coake | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

2013 Silver Pen Recipient – Christopher Coake’s powerful first novel, You Came Back (2012), is a compelling journey through the human heart. His collection of short stories, We’re in Trouble (2005), won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for a first work of fiction. In 2007 he was named a “Best Young American Novelist” by the prestigious literary journal GRANTA.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

David Michael Slater | Nevada Writer

David Michael Slater was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 8th, 1970. He teaches middle school English in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. David writes for children, teens and adults.

David has written adult fiction, over a dozen picture books for children, and a six-part series for teens called the Sacred Books series. David has also written reviews on the NY Journal of Books

Slater, Michael, David. About the Author | David Michael Slater. David Michael Slater. 2007. 22 Apr 2014.

Dixie Olean Karr Westergard | Nevada Writer

She began her meticulous historical research which led to the publication of several books including ones about Dr. Mary Fulstone, Dat-so-la-lee, and Lake Tahoe. Teachers and students use these publications to do research for reports, classroom presentations, and projects.

She became an expert as she researched on the Native American Washo tribe and their basket weaving. In 1999 she published a biography, Dat-so-la-lee, Washo Indian Basketmaker. She donated copies of this book to each of Nevada’s 17 county libraries and to the museums in Carson City.

In 2006 she published a companion book, The Washo People, an activity book based on prehistoric culture of the Washo people in Nevada. In 2000 she published The Lake Tahoe Story written for fourth to sixth grades. The book contains 100 pages of history, art work, and conservation information and was used in a pilot program in local schools.

Clanton, Carol. Women’s Biographies, Dixie Olean Karr Westergard. Nevada Women’s History Project. Oct 2009. 22 Apr 2014.

Ducks Ducks | by Theodocia Swecker

The days are cold. Winter is coming fast to the Nevada Mountains. The white ducks need a warm spot to sleep — so does the old mountain lion. Like children who want to snuggle with their moms, the ducks find a purrrfect spot to sleep. And the old mountain lion gains something he never had before.

There’s more magic beyond the words. Find the hidden stars and other secrets too. There are surprises in each illustration.

Swecker, Theodocia. Ducks Ducks. Ducks Pub, 1998. Print.

Early Las Vegas | Dr. Linda Miller

Early Las Vegas, by Dr. Linda Miller, Helen Stewart interpreter, is a collection of historic photographs recounting the early days from the time of the Mormon settlement in 1855 to the first Helldorado Parade in 1935. The book gives a unique inside look at the lives of the people who built the early town especially rancher Helen J. Stewart. This pioneer woman once told her children that “one day civilization will come to this isolated place”. She sold her land to Senator Clark of the railroad and civilization came at a faster pace.  She helped build the town by acting as the first postmaster, bringing education, being the first woman elected in Clark County and starting women’s groups such as the Mesquite Club.  With the land auction in 1905 many young and aspiring people came to seek their fortune in the new town in the desert. This included the Von Tobels, the Squires, the Griffiths and others that would leave an impact on the town.  The cover of the book is the old car used in a Helldorado parade. It is currently in the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas.

Education in the Neon Shadow: The First 50 Years of the Clark County School District

Education in the Neon Shadow: The First 50 Years of the Clark County School District”. This book was authored by the Clark County School District Archive Committee. Could you please add the below description and attached picture to the Nevada Authors page?

In 2006, the Clark County School District prepared for its 50th anniversary by gathering mementos to display. But when the celebration ended, no one knew what to do with the material. Education in the Neon Shadow is the result of that collection. No one could have predicted that a tiny outpost in the middle of the desert between Salt Lake City and southern California would become a world-renowned tourist destination. Nor could anyone have envisioned that only fifty years later over 300,000 children would attend school beneath the bright lights of the Las Vegas skyline. Yet both became reality.

Ellen Hopkins | Nevada Writer

I started freelancing newspaper and magazine articles. Moved from there into children’s nonfiction, publishing twenty titles before I sold my first novel. I was always trying different things—picture books, early chapter books, etc., and I wrote an entire adult novel which didn’t sell then. [I’ve resurrected it; we’ll see what happens with it in the future.] I also taught creative part time as an artist-in-residence; owned my own little publishing company, which did a newspaper for children; and was an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. And I did all those things simultaneously, searching for where I belonged as a writer.

Hopkins, Ellen. Bio | Ellen Hopkins. Ellen Hopkins, New York Times Best Seller. 22 Apr 2014

Embattled Memories | by Suhi Choi

The Korean War has been called the “forgotten war,” not as studied as World War II or the Vietnam War. Choi examines the collective memory of the Korean War through five discrete memory sites in the United States and South Korea, including the pbs documentary Battle for Korea, the Korean War Memorial in Salt Lake City, and the statue of General Douglas MacArthur in Incheon, South Korea. She contends that these sites are not static; rather, they are active places where countermemories of the war clash with the official state-sanctioned remembrance. Through lively and compelling analysis of these memory sites, which include two differing accounts of the No Gun Ri massacre—contemporaneous journalism and oral histories by survivors—Choi shows that diverse narratives of the Korean War compete for dominance in acts of remembering. Embattled Memories is an important interdisciplinary work in two fields, memory studies and public history.

Suhi Choi studied at Korea University in Seoul, Brooklyn College, and Temple University.

Choi, Suhi. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Everyday Las Vegas | by Rex J. Rowley

Every year, nearly forty million people visit Las Vegas from all over the world, though only two million call the city home. Using interviews with more than one hundred local residents, Everyday Las Vegas takes a close look at what life is like for those who live in a place that the rest of the world sees as an exotic, even decadent vacation destination.

Rowley surveys the reasons people move to Las Vegas, how they interact as both workers and consumers with the overwhelming tourist economy, and how they are affected by its constant growth and rapid change. He considers the impacts of a very fluid population on the stability of schools, churches, and other community institutions. His interviews candidly reveal the benefits and perils of living in a nonstop, twenty-four-hour city that is rich in myriad entertainment options but also offers easy access to compulsive gambling and other addictions. More Broadly, Everyday Las Vegas looks at how the perception of a locale differs between insiders and outsiders and how the personality of a place influences the lives of its residents.

Rowley, J., Rex. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Fishes of the Great Basin | by William F. Sigler and John W. Sigler

Naturalists and recreational anglers will welcome the paperback edition of this comprehensive volume, first published in 1986, which describes every species in the lakes and streams of the Great Basin. Includes an updated checklist of established species, discussion of threatened and endangered species, glossary, bibliography, and index.

William F. Sigler (1909-95) directed the Utah State University Wildlife Resources Department from 1950 to 1974.

Sigler, F., William; Sigler, W., John. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Holly Walton-Buchanan, Ph.D. | Nevada Author

Holly Walton-Buchanan, Ph.D. (University of Nevada Reno, 2003), was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and grew up in Nevada. Her father’s family has been involved in ranching for over 100 years, from the Walton Ranch in Woodruff, UT, to today’s Walton Ranch in Jackson, WY. Holly was an educator in the Washoe County School District and the Nevada Department of Education. A long-time historic preservationist, Holly has written three previous books about Reno’s history: Education for Nevada: 117 Years of Teacher Education at the College of Education, University of Nevada, 1887-2004 (Black Rock Press, 2004), Historic Houses and Buildings of Reno, Nevada (Black Rock, 2007, 2009), and Mackay Memories: The First 100 Years of the Mackay School of Mines (Jack Bacon, 2008). In 2011, Holly teamed up with Ben Damonte, Jr., to tell the story of the iconic Damonte Ranch (founded in 1857). This led to a broader story of how ranching began in the Truckee Meadows as well as Carson Valley. In the process, several descendants of pioneer ranching families contributed their own stories and photographs, resulting in this in-depth look at Nevada’s ranching heritage. Holly is married to Kelvin J. Buchanan, a geological engineer, and lives in Reno.

I’m Up in a Tree | by Mark Alden Johnson

Climbing a tree sounded like a great idea, but it turns out that getting down is much harder than climbing up! Perched on a branch high up in a tree, a young boy must decide whether to find a way to the ground by himself or wait for his dad. All kinds of animals, from bees to birds to cats, offer him advice on how to get down (Jump! Fly! Climb!), but it’s up to him to figure out if their advice is worth taking.

Johnson, Alden, Mark. I’m Up in a Tree. Bridgeway Books, 2010. Print.

Idah Meacham Strobridge | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Idah Strobridge (1855-1932) was raised on a cattle ranch in Humboldt County, Nevada, and observed the changing Great Basin desert from the passing of emigrant wagon trains to the age of steam locomotives. She began to write at age 40 and she wrote about what she knew — the desert. Her desert is stark and formed from experience and personal tragedy. She saw beauty, mystery and enchantment in what she called “sagebrushland.”

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

Idols of Dust | by Ian McKeachie

After the death of his sister, Paul Prince embarks on an ill-fated journey of self-discovery that takes him on a dangerous descent into madness. Unable to determine what is real and what lies within his imagination, Paul is forced to acknowledge his failures, question his own morality, and face a pair of unsettlingly insightful ghosts as he drifts farther and farther away from reality and into the treacherous depths of his own mind. His journey takes him to the barren deserts of Afghanistan, the eerie halls of a Veterans Administration hospital, and eventually to the brightly lit Sin City of Las Vegas, where he must face, once and for all, the demons hiding within himself.

McKeachie, Ian. Idols of Dust. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011. Print.

Images of America: Washoe County | By Joyce M. Cox

Joyce M. Cox, a research librarian, tells the story and history of Washoe County through a collection of historic photographs and images. Washoe County, located in the northwestern corner of Nevada, borders Oregon on the north and California on the west. Washoe County was explored by John Bidwell in 1841 and John C. Fremont in 1844. Fremont’s expedition discovered the hot springs near Gerlach and named Pyramid Lake in January 1844. Miners seeking riches in the California Gold Rush and later in the neighboring Comstock Lode came through and often decided to stay in what a reporter for the Nevada State Journal described as the “first spot of beauty and rest beyond the lonely and barren desert.” See photographs of Pyramid Lake, spring seeding by John and Pearl Kleppe in 1899, Southern Pacific Railroad office workers in Wadsworth in 1902, miners at the Donnelly Mountain Mine in 1910 and many more. The cover photograph shows the Raser family at the Deep Hole ranch north of Gerlach in 1890. Many of the photographs come from the collections at the Nevada Historical Society.

Jacci Turner | Nevada Writer

Jacci lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband David and a sweet, big yellow dog, and the white washed memories of the perfect cat.

Jacci loves to read and write and spend time with people half her age, feeling generally hopeful about the world.

She enjoys chocolate in all of its manifestations.

“I began writing The Birthright Series three years ago. It took me a year to write. I wrote a chapter every Tuesday and after a year the book was done. Then two years, 16 edits, and 50 rejections later, I’m published! Piece of cake!

Turner, Jacci. Bio. The Official Website of Jacci Turner. 2011. 22 Apr 2014

Janice Oberding | Nevada Writer

I’ve always been fascinated with our state’s rich history, especially as it pertains to true crime, the unusual and the paranormal. 1. Haunted Nevada, which focuses on the history and paranormal of Nevada. 2. Under a Cruel Moon; Floyd Loveless’ Story, Floyd Loveless was the youngest person ever executed by the state of Nevada (Sept 29, 1944) I was intrigued by this story. Research on this book included several interviews with his friends and family members, his attorney, court records personal letters, and a visit to Indiana. 3. Goldfield Its History and Hauntings, A history of Goldfield, the legends and the ghosts who supposedly haunted the Goldfield Hotel.4. Legends and Ghosts of the Lake Tahoe Area, history, including Donner Party, Marilyn Monroe and the ghosts of Tahoe. 5. Infamous Reno, Offbeat crimes and history of Reno.6. Ghosthunters’ Guide to Virginia City, the history and ghosts of Virginia City from the Comstock discovery to the present and the ghosts who are said to haunt certain buildings in the town. 7.The Haunting of Las Vegas, history of Las Vegas from the Lost City to Bugsy Siegel, Elvis and Liberace, and of course the ghosts who haunt the city.

Kaaren Thomas and AJ Hicks | Fortune’s Trail

Fortune’s Trail often leads to unlikely destinations.

Nevada gained statehood only because of its silver reserves. Otherwise
it was a wasteland, a haven for vices of all kinds, attracting misfits, outcasts
and ne’er-do-wells.

Some will win, some will lose.  Together they helped build one of America’s greatest cities. This is their story.

Like the characters in their novel, Kaaran Thomas and A.J. (“Bud”) Hicks have built their futures in Nevada. Attorneys with preeminent Nevada law firm McDonald Carano Wilson, they are among the state’s best know and most-respected lawyers in corporate restructuring and gaming.

Kristen Simmons | Nevada Writer

I was raised in Reno, Nevada—just below Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains—with horses and dogs and Red Angus cattle. When I was little I had a colorful imagination (read: I was a cheerful liar), and loved to write stories.

I attended several colleges in several states before finally graduating with a B.A. in psychology and a master’s in social work from the University of Nevada. A passion for helping survivors of trauma and abuse led me to become a mental health therapist. An addiction to all things chocolate led me to become a Jazzercise instructor. And a love for the written word led me to where I am today.

Simmons, Kristen. About the Author | Kristen Simmons. Kristen Simmons, author of the Article 5 Series. 2001. 22 Apr 2014.

Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada | by Holly Walton-Buchanan

The iconic American cowboy has roots that go way back to Spain in the Dark Ages, when wild horses and cattle were first domesticated. When the Conquistadores arrived in the New World in the 1500s, they brought with them herds of livestock that later became the mainstay of the economy of the American West. In the 1850s, Carson Valley attracted mostly Scandinavian and German immigrants, such as Fred Dangberg and Augustus Dressler, while the Truckee Meadows was settled mainly by Easterners and Midwesterners, such as Peleg Brown, Granville Huffaker and Grove
Holcomb. By the turn of the century, Italians had arrived. Louis Damonte was one such example: The once-penniless, illiterate teenager ended up owning over 7,000 acres of fertile farmland in the Truckee Meadows, including the iconic Brown ranch house built in 1864. Many descendants of those pioneer ranches assisted with this book, offering stories and photographs that help tell their fascinating story.

Walton-Buchanan, Holly. Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada. Jack Bacon & Company, 2013. Print

LOGAN: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman | by Jackie Boor

LOGAN chronicles the dramatic events surrounding the killing of Nye County Sheriff Tom Logan on April 7, 1906. Dressed only in a nightshirt and unarmed, the father of eight children was shot five times after ejecting an unruly gambler from the Jewel, a house of ill-fame in Manhattan, Nevada. Three months later his once-doomed killer was acquitted. Born in Washoe County in 1861, Logan helped early Tonopah earn its reputation as being one of the most peaceable boomtowns in history. During that time, his life became entwined with many fascinating characters, including Jim Butler, Jack Longstreet, Tasker Oddie, John Sparks, Judge Peter Breen, “Diamondfield Jack” Davis, the Pittman brothers, George Wingfield, and future U.S. Senator, Patrick McCarran. With nearly 100 photos and maps, and more than a dozen period poems, “LOGAN is Nevada history at its best,” states former state archivist Guy Rocha. “….but Logan’s great-granddaughter has given the reader something more. Her rigorous research and engaging writing underscore her personal odyssey to find the truth for generations of her family confused and haunted by Logan’s controversial and untimely demise.”

Mark Twain | Nevada Writer

Mark Twain Lived in Nevada from 1861-1864, historians like Peter Messent consider this “the third major formulative periods of Mark’s career” becuase of the diverse individuals and rich experiences Twain found in Nevada. He was the city editor for a newspaper called Virginia City Daily Territorial Enterprise. It was in Nevada that he first used the pen name, Mark Twain. Mark Twain is best known for writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

Memories of Carson City | JohnD and Kay Winters Oral History

Transcribed and edited from taped interviews conducted by Eileen Cohen, president of the Carson City Preservation Coalition in JohnD and Kay Winters’ home in Dayton, Nevada from Oct. 2002 through March 2003.

Nancy Scott | Nevada Author

Nancy Scott is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Carson City. She taught for 25 years in Lyon County. Having read thousands of children’s books during her career, she wanted to write one that told about the variety of animals and plants of Northern Nevada to show children that a desert does not mean a sandscape.

Nancy is the author of “Rabbit’s Desert Adventure” which is about Rabbit, a white cat, who ventures into the desert behind her home. She meets some friendly animals who warn her about animals that are not so friendly. It is based on a true story.

Naomi Canale | Nevada Writer

When I was young, my parents let me watch/read all the scary things I could get my hands on. I loved Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and Aliens—just to name a few. But when I grew up and had kids, I suddenly grew afraid of the dark and wrote happy stories with lots of sunshine and happy little leprechauns (I’m being totally serious). But now that my children are growing older, I’ve fallen back in love with the slimy creatures that enjoy living under my bed.

For the past ten years, my love for writing and reading has more than tripled—along with my coffee addiction, and I’m very grateful for the family of writers who have loved me along the way.

Canale, Naomi. About Me | NAOMI CANALE. Naomi Canale, Young Adult Author. 2013. 22 Apr 2014.

Nevada’s Paul Laxalt – A Memoir | by Senator Paul Laxalt

Autobiography of Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada. Laxalt was Governor of Nevada during the state’s transition into corporate gaming. He worked with Howard Hughes and with Governor Ronald Reagan of California. When Reagan became President, Laxalt was known as “the first friend.” An excellent memoir full of western history.

Paul Dominique Laxalt was born to Basque immigrants in Reno, Nevada in 1922. A star athlete at Carson High in Nevada’s state capital, Laxalt went on to Santa Clara University. His education was interrupted when he left school to enter the U.S. Army during World War II. After seeing combat duty in the bloody invasion at Leyte in the philippines, Laxalt returned to attend law school at Denver University.

In 1954, Laxalt entered public service for the first time when he was elected Ormsby County (Carson City) District Attorney. He later was elected Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor (1962), Governor (1966) and U.S. Senator (1974 and 1980).

Laxalt, Paul. Nevada’s Paul Laxalt. Jack Bacon & Co, 2000. Print.

On Mother’s Lap | by Ann Herbert Scott

A little Inuit boy discovers there’s room for himself and his baby sister on their mother’s lap–and this simple tender story is now available in Spanish and English.

Ann Herbert Scott describes herself as “a transplanted Easterner who has come to love the wide skies and far mountain ranges of the West.” She is the author of Sam, On Mother’s Lap, and several other picture books. She lives Benicia, California.

Scott, Herbert, Ann. On Mother’s Lap. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2007. Print.

Phyllis Nelson Barber | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Phyllis N. Barber was born in Nevada and grew up in Boulder City and Las Vegas. She can trace her family’s Nevada roots to the 1860s. Trained as a classical pianist, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Symphony. She later worked as a feature writer for the Utah Holiday magazine.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

Pogonip Magic | by Karen Collett Wilson

Pogonip Magic is a story about the interaction between a cat and a deer that took place on a frosty winter day.

Wilson, Collet, Karen. Pogonip Magic. Snowbound Books, 2002. Print.

Richard O. Davies | Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

Richard O. “Dick” Davies, Distinguished History Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno, is described as a “writer of great versatility and talent” in a letter of nomination submitted to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame selection committee. “His books run the gamut from a biography of a conservative Republican presidential candidate, Defender of the Old Guard: John Bricker and American Politics (1993), to our country’s love of sports, America’s Obsessions: Sports and Society Since 1945 (1994), to the demise of our small towns, Main Street Blues: The Decline of Small-Town America (1998).

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

Robert Laxalt | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Robert Laxalt, the son of French-Basque immigrants, was born in 1923 and raised in Carson City. From his early years, he was impassioned with reading and writing. In 1957 , at the age of 34, his book Sweet Promised Land was published by Harper and Row. It is the story of his sheepherder father Dominique’s life in Nevada and his return to his homeland in the Basque Country at the end of his life. The book received international acclaim and quickly became a treasured classic, representing the struggle of all immigrants to this country. Robert Laxalt continued his writing career throughout his life, publishing a total of 18 books, literary and historical, based on his knowledge and experience of Nevada and the Basque Country, In addition, he wrote numerous feature stories for National Geographic magazine, traveling to areas of the American West, South America, and the Basque Country. Robert Laxalt was the principal force in starting the UNR Press and Publications and directed the Press for many years until his retirement, establishing its excellent reputation in the academic world. He was the first recipient of the Distinguished Nevada Author Chair at the University of Nevada. He received numerous awards and honors throughout his career , both in the United States and in the Basque Country.

Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller | by Warren Lerude

The Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, University Libraries Special Collections and the University’s Center for Basque Studies recently hosted a release party for Warren Lerude’s book “Robert Laxalt: Story of a Storyteller” at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

In this new biography, Lerude, professor emeritus of journalism, focuses on Laxalt’s development as a writer, especially through his formative days as a journalist in Reno and Carson City, and on to Laxalt the family man, teacher, publisher and much more.

Stockton, Jill. Lerude pens biography on Robert Laxalt. University of Nevada, Reno, 26 Sep 2014. 17 Apr 2014

Ronald M. James | Nevada Writer

Ronald M. James is a folklorist and historian with additional publications in architectural history and archaeology. James administered the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office from 1983 to 2012. In 2009, James was appointed to the Advisory Board for the National Park System at which point he became the chair of the National Historic Landmarks Committee, on which he served from 2004 until 2013. James is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of eleven books, and he has authored over three dozen articles in popular and academic journals, appearing in six countries.

S is for Silver: A Nevada Alphabet | by Eleanor Coerr

From the manmade glitter of the Las Vegas strip to the natural splendor of Lake Tahoe, Nevada’s riches go beyond the silver and gold found in Virginia City. S is for Silver showcases the hardy wildlife (the Desert Bighorn Sheep and the desert tortoise) and even hardier pioneers (the builders of the Hoover Dam) who shaped Nevada’s landscape and character.Eleanor Coerr began her professional life as a newspaper reporter and editor of a column for children. She taught children’s literature at Monterey Peninsula College and creative writing at Chapman College in California.

Coerr, Eleanor. S is for Silver: A Nevada Alphabet. Sleeping Bear Press, 2004. Print.

Saving Lake Tahoe | by Michael J. Makley

The history of Lake Tahoe begins with the Washoe Indians who managed its resources for thousands of years, selectively utilizing its bounty. The relatively brief Euro-American history at Lake Tahoe began in the mid-nineteenth century. Though awestruck by the lake’s beauty, the new arrivals were also intent on harvesting its abundant resources. In a mere half century, the basin’s forests and fisheries were destroyed, the lake’s pristine clarity dramatically reduced.

Left alone, nature healed itself, and by the 1960s mature forests once again surrounded the lake. Its water clarity improved, to a visibility more than one hundred feet deep. However, Tahoe’s wonders brought new threats: millions of annual visitors and incessant development, including ski resorts and casinos. Saving Lake Tahoe looks at the interaction through the years between human activities and Tahoe’s natural ecosystems.

Makely, J., Michael. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Second Chance a Western Adventure | by R. Hess

Saddle up and ride! In the spring of 1896, Rachael, just shy of her twentieth birthday, boards a train destined to a remote cattle ranch in Oregon for a prearranged employment position.

Traveling west from Brockport, New York, Rachael undertakes her first assignment from her new boss, the ranch owner. She will be required to transact business in a man’s world by overseeing the loading of supplies and freight along the train route. Her third business stop, Rock Springs, Wyoming, brings her face to face with four members of her new employer, three brothers and the ranch foreman.

During the next decade of hard work, Rachael struggles to bury her past. Her new family, the Prestons and their bunkhouse crew, give her an optimistic appreciation of life as she learns there are no social boundaries in the West. By including her in all the daily trials and tribulations of ranch life, cattle roundups and branding, hunting, procuring and preserving their food supply, expanding families, and celebrating holidays, Rachael learns to live and trust again. She receives her second chance.

Seeing Underground | by Eric C. Nystrom

Digging mineral wealth from the ground dates to prehistoric times, and Europeans pursued mining in the Americas from the earliest colonial days. Prior to the Civil War, little mining was deep enough to require maps. However, the major finds of the mid-nineteenth century, such as the Comstock Lode, were vastly larger than any before in America. In Seeing Underground, Nystrom argues that, as industrial mining came of age in the United States, the development of maps and models gave power to a new visual culture and allowed mining engineers to advance their profession, gaining authority over mining operations from the miners themselves.

Starting in the late nineteenth century, mining engineers developed a new set of practices, artifacts, and discourses to visualize complex, pitch-dark three-dimensional spaces. These maps and models became necessary tools in creating and controlling those spaces. They made mining more understandable, predictable, and profitable.

Nystrom, C., Eric. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Shaun Griffin | Nevada Author

Shaun Griffin is a poet, translator, editor, and activist. A native of Southern California, he has lived with his wife and family in Virginia City, Nevada, since 1978. Griffin is the author of five poetry collections, which honor the West’s many cultures and landscapes through resonant, meditative imagery.

Nationally acclaimed poets Hayden Carruth and Sam Hamill have positively reviewed Griffin’s work. Carruth praises Griffin’s “passionate regard for the desert and the mountains and the people who live among them.” Hamill has described Griffin’s poetry as “spare and direct, uncluttered by literary flourish or inflated self-regard.” This also seems an apt description of Griffin’s work as an advocate for the arts and social justice. His English translations of Emma Sepulveda’s poems in Spanish have served Nevada’s literary culture by creating new audiences for Sepulveda’s international poetry.

Shaunta Grimes | Nevada Writer

I’ve been many things. Some I was born with, or created in a permanent way. Like being a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister. Some I created, and they stuck. Like being a teacher. Others came about out of some passion or another, and they come and go. Like being a rural Nevada newspaper reporter, or running a drug court treatment program, or starting an online vintage clothing store.

Grimes, Shaunta. About | Shaunta Grimes. Shuanta Grimes. 22 Apr 2014.

Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor’s Mansion | by Bob Miller

A memoir of growing up in mob-run Sin City from a casino heir-turned-governor who’s seen two sides of every coin.

When Bob Miller arrived in Las Vegas as a boy, it was a small, dusty city, a far cry from the glamorous, exciting place it is today. Driving the family car was his father Ross Miller, a tough guy—though a good family man—who had operated on both sides of the law on some of the meaner streets of industrial Chicago.

The Miller family was as close and as warm as “Ozzie and Harriet,” as long as you knew that Ozzie was a bookmaker and a business acquaintance of some very dubious criminal types.

As Bob grew up, so did Vegas, now a “town” of some two million. Ross Miller became a respectable businessman and partner in a major casino, though he was still capable of settling a score with his fists.

And Bob went on to law school, entering law enforcement and eventually becoming a popular governor of Nevada, holding office longer than anybody in the state’s history.

Suzanne Morgan Williams | Nevada Writer

Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel, Bull Rider (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009) and 11 nonfiction children’s books with more books on the way. From the time she wrote her first book, Made in China, Ideas and Inventions from Ancient China, (Pacific View Press, 1997) to the present, her work has taken her into classrooms to connect with students, to universities and museums to work with experts, and to communities to share experiences.

Suzanne has traveled four times to the Canadian Arctic to work with Inuit people, writing The Inuit Franklin Watts, 2003, and has worked with Indian people from various tribes on books and projects.

Williams, Morgan, Suzanne. About Suzanne. Suzanne Morgan Williams, Real Books for Real Kids. 2008. 22 Apr 2014.

Terri Farley | Nevada Writer

Terri Farley lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains with her journalist husband, two children and pets, but still longs for the California beaches where she grew up. She’s worked as a waitress, journalist and teacher and now writes full-time, most often barefoot, with a cat on her lap. She is the author of Seven Tears into the Sea, the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and many nonfiction magazine articles.

Farley, Terri. Terri Farley, Bio. Terri Farley. 22 Apr 2014.

The Essential Eldercare Handbook for Nevada | by Kim Boyer and Mary Shapiro

The senior years can be daunting, for spouses, children, other caregivers, and seniors themselves. Too often a sudden crisis leaves a family unprepared and feeling helpless. Chronic illnesses and limited funds can present difficult and emotional choices regarding care or housing. Rules and resources vary from state to state. Everyone can use help from experienced professionals in understanding them.

Boyer and Shapiro provide Nevada-specific information—medical, legal, and financial—on the wide range of problems that arise during the elder years. Case studies show how a typical family copes with troubles such as failing health or financial cares and what options they have. This guide will ehlp Nevada residents plan for their own senior years and take care of aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones.

Boyer, Kim; Shapiro, Mary. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

The Gullywasher | by Joyce Rossi

A tall tale of how the biggest gullywasher ever turned Abuelito from a strong young vaquero into the grandfather Leticia knows.

Leticia’s grandfather, who was a vaquero as a young man, provides fanciful explanations for how he got his wrinkles, white hair, round belly, and stooped frame.

Rossi, Joyce. The Gullywasher. Cooper Square Publishing LLC, 1998. Print.

The Main Event | by Richard O. Davies

As the twentieth century dawned, bare-knuckle prizefighting was transforming into the popular sport of boxing, yet simultaneously it was banned as immoral in many locales. Nevada was the first state to legalize it, in 1897, solely to stage the Corbett-Fitzsimmons world heavyweight championship in Carson City. Promoters such as Tex Rickard brought in Jack Dempsey and other fighters to the mining towns of Goldfield and Tonopah. Prizefights sold tickets, hotel rooms, drinks, meals, and bets on the outcomes. Reno hosted the Johnson-Jeffries “Fight of the Century” in 1910. It was boxing—before gambling, prostitution, and easy divorce—that first got Nevada called “America’s Disgrace” and the “Sin State.”

The Main Event explores how boxing’s growth in Nevada relates to the state’s role as a social and cultural outlier.

Davies, O., Richard. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

The Old Genoa Bar | by Sandie La Nae

Along with celebrating the State’s 150th birthday, I have written a book about Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor, located in Genoa, Nevada, which is celebrating its 160th birthday this year.

On October 26th, 2013, a commemoration ceremony was planned, with the bar’s current owners, (Willy and Cindy Webb) given recognition and acknowledgement for their contributions to Nevada and Genoa.

The Webbs also received several proclamations from many political dignitaries. The decrees were in honor of the Webb’s owning Nevada’s oldest Saloon, for guardianship of a Nevada treasure and being instrumental in fostering historical interest in the Genoa Bar where the “no horses allowed” sign at the front door welcomes all visitors.

Includes the history of ownership of this Historic Northern Nevada business, as well as personal accounts from some bar owners, bartenders and patrons.

La Nae, Sandie. The Old Genoa Bar. 2014. Print

The Secret Life of Streams | by Lynell Marie Garfield

The Secret Life of Streams is an uplifting children’s story of life in Small Creek as the daily adventures of stream insects and fish, as told by Loralei the Mayfly. Loralei asks young readers to meet her playmates in the bottom of Small Creek, with all of their strange lifestyles. By sharing her underwater adventures with readers, Loralei hopes to hatch out of the water welcomed by new above-water friends.

Garfield, Marie, Lynell. The Secret Life of Streams. Lucky Bat Books, 2013. Print.

TJ Martin | Nevada Author

“Wings of Pride, The story of Reno Air and Its People” is one of six published books that TJ Martini has in print. Her newest book, “Even If” is due out spring of 2015; “Christmas Lost and Found”, a children’s book, due out in fall of 2015. “Dancing with the Scars (Second Season)” due out in spring of 2016. Her published are: “Joe’s Bible”; “Standing on the Edge of Eternity”; “Blue Side Up”; “Dancing with the Scars”; and “I Never Thought I Would Beg My Husband to go to a Strip Club”. TJ has been writing most of her adult life, through ad copy, magazines and newspaper articles, lyrics, poems, and a screenplay. She makes her home in Reno, Nevada, with her husband Gary, and has five married children – all with children of their own.

Tocmetoni ~ Sarah Winnemucca | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Sarah Winnemucca (1844?-1891), a granddaughter of Paiute Chief Truckee and daughter of Chief Winnemucca, was born in the Humboldt River-Pyramid Lake region at a time of great change for the Northern Paiute Nation. Introduced to Caucasians at age six, she could speak five languages by age 14, including Spanish and several Indian dialects. She became fluent in English while living for awhile with the Ormsby family at Mormon Station (now Genoa, Nevada) and took the name “Sarah” during that time. In 1871, Winnemucca began working as an interpreter for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Fort McDermitt on the Oregon border. She married her first husband, Lt. Edward C. Bartlett, that year.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

Tupelo Hassman | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

2013 Silver Pen Recipient – Tupelo Hassman is a graduate of Columbia University’s M. F. A. program. Her debut novel, Girlchild, is the story of Rory Dawn Hendrix, a young girl growing up in the Calle, a cluster of mobile homes on a plot of dust outside of Reno.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

Waking Up at Rembrant’s | by Thomas Loyd Qualls

Maggie is a discouraged lawyer, Dillon, a heart-broken vagabond, and Phillip, a frustrated writer. Their stories are told by the mysterious Jillian, part purveyor of spirits and part spiritual guru. Inside the walls of Cafe Rembrandt, we fall under Jillian’s spell as she artfully trails her Ariadne thread to lead her devotees back into the light.

Waking Up at Rembrandt’s is a fresh take on the tale of awakenings. It celebrates the sensual, as well as the spiritual, effortlessly bridging the two worlds. Author Thomas Lloyd Qualls combines prose and poetry, fiction and spirituality, and dreams and reality in a manner that is at once unconventional and irresistible.

Thomas Lloyd Qualls lives and writes in the high desert beauty of Northern Nevada. He is a novelist, essayist, and practicing attorney. He is also a regular contributor to Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine and to the international online forum Rebelle Society

Qualls, Loyd, Thomas. Waking Up at Rembrant’s. Thomas Lloyd Qualls. 17 Apr 2014.

Walter Van Tilburg Clark | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

Walter Van Tilburg Clark is considered one of the most distinguished Nevada writers of the twentieth century. An author, poet, lecturer, and teacher, Clark’s interpretations of the American West are his greatest legacy.

Over the course of his career, Clark held many brief positions teaching and lecturing across the country, including at the University of Vermont in 1933, where he worked as a teaching assistant while completing work on a second master’s degree.

From 1936 to 1945, Clark taught English and coached athletics in Cazenovia, New York. During this period, he published several short stories such as “Hook,” “The Buck in the Hills” and “The Wind and the Snow of Winter.” These stories not only earned him national respect, but they also explored the western environment and man’s relationship with nature, themes that resurfaced throughout his career. In October 1940, Clark published his first novel, The Ox-Bow Incident, which became a Twentieth Century Fox film starring Henry Fonda in 1943. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture but lost to Casablanca.

Zumoff, Bree. Walter Van Tilburg Clark. Online Nevada Encyclopedia, 2011. 22 Apr 2014.

William A. Douglass | Nevada Writer’s Hall of Fame

William A Douglass was born in Reno, Nevada, in 1939. He received his BA from the University of Nevada in Spanish Literature in 1961, then earned his MS in 1966, and then PhD from the University of Chicago in Anthropology in 1967. He also attended the University of Madrid from 1959-60, the University of Oslo in 1960, and UC Berkeley from 1962-3. In 1967, he joined the Anthropology faculty at UNR and founded the Basque Studies Program, now known as the Center for Basque Studies. He was its first director and served in that capacity for 33 years.

Considered one of the foremost experts in Basque Studies, Douglass also has language competency in Spanish, French, Italian, and Latin.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.University Libraries, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. 02 Jan 2014. 17 Apr 2014.

Wings of Pride, The Story of Reno Air and It’s People | By TJ Martini

Whether you were lucky enough to be a part of the Reno Air story, or on the outside observing the tremendous impact the small air carrier made on the airline industry, this book will put you there. Throughout their seven-year history, Reno Air flew into hundreds of cities in nearly every state, and to four different countries, carrying more than 30 million passengers (with scheduled and chartered service). Flying high above the clouds with their classic design of green and silver lettering proudly etched across their fuselage and the snow-capped mountains on the tail, Reno Air will forever be remembered as “the little airline that could — and did.” Foreword was written by Senator Harry Reid; Greeting by Toni Tennille. This 336-page coffee-table book is a reminder of the success and impact Reno Air had on the world of aviation, and how such a small but significant airline could reach out world-wide and touch the heart of every city it served. Nevada’s very own home town-home state airline!

Published By: Evergreen Publishing | Rivertree Media

Witnesses to the Struggle | by Anne Loftis

In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary study, Loftis examines the artists who put a human face on the farmworkers’ plight in California during the Great Depression, focusing on writer John Steinbeck, photographer Dorothea Lange, sociologist and author Paul Taylor, and journalist Carey McWilliams. Loftis probes the interplay between journalism and art in the 1930s, when both academics and artists felt an urgent need to be relevant in the face of enormous misery. The power of their work grew out of their personal involvement in both the labor struggles and the hardships endured by workers and their families. Steinbeck, Lange, and the other artists and intellectuals in their circles created the public images of their times. Works such as The Grapes of Wrath or Lange’s Migrant Mother actually helped mold public opinion and form government policies.Even today these works remain icons in our shared perception of that era. Loftis helps us understand why this art still seems the truest representation of those desperate times, three-quarters of a century later

Loftis, Anne. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014

Writing Western History | Richard W. Etulain

Historians of the American West are indebted to the pioneering scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Frederick Jackson Turner, Walter Prescott Webb, and Herbert Eugene Bolton. Etulain gathers essays by contemporary historians on ten of these early writers to survey the evolution of a scholarly field.

Richard W. Etulain is professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico. Past president of both the Western Literature and the Western History Associations, he lives in Portland Oregon.

Etulian, W., Richard. Spring 2014 University of Nevada Press. University of Nevada Press. Spring 2014. 17 Apr. 2014