People on your list might like these books by UNR professors, alumni

From a UNR news release

This holiday season, consider connecting friends or family with a recently released book written by a University of Nevada, Reno faculty member or alumnus.

battleborn_by_claire_vaye_watkins-350-198x300Battleborn
By Claire Vaye Watkins, alumna of the Department of English

Battleborn is composed of 10 short stories about the American West. Stories include a hermit who discovers himself by rescuing an abused teenager, a woman coming to terms with betraying her best friend and a look into the author’s life following the destruction of Helter Skelter. Watkins, a University alumnus, has won a variety of works for her story, including the 2012 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Battleborn can be purchased locally at Sundance Books or online at IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Books-A-Million.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade
Short Story: “Adventures of a Middle-Aged College Student
By Paul George, alum of the Reynolds School of Journal

“Adventures of a Middle-Aged College Student” tells Reynolds School of Journalism graduate Paul George’s story of enrolling in college and pursuing writing as a career. George wrote his story for a magazine writing class at the University before submitting it to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade,” published by Simon & Schuster, is available for purchase from most retail and online bookstores.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas
Short Story: “A Flood of Blessings
By Jackie Shelton, alumna of the Reynolds School of Journalism

“A Flood of Blessings” is a short story about a Christmas flood and characters’ perseverance to change the worst holiday into the best Christmas ever. Originally shared with her class as an example of a personal essay, University instructor Jackie Shelton submitted the story to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas,” published by Simon & Schuster, is available for purchase from most retail and online bookstores.

Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller
By Warren Lerude, emeritus professor of journalism

“Robert Laxalt was as understated as he was brilliant as a novelist and Basque-American citizen. Warren Lerude’s superb new study illuminates the life and artistry of Laxalt,” National Humanities Scholar Clay Jenkinson wrote. “Anyone who wants to understand the pastoral tradition of the American West needs to read the works of Robert Laxalt.”

The book is available for purchase from most retail and online bookstores, and at the Nevada Wolf Shop.

Sports in American Life: A History
By Richard O. Davies, distinguished history professor emeritus

“Sports in American Life” narrates a progressive history of sports, from its discriminatory origins to today’s diverse, all-inclusive spectacle. Author Richard “Dick” O. Davies, considered to be one of the country’s best sports historians, has written and edited 15 books. His newest project, The Main Event: Boxing in Nevada from the Mining Camps to the Las Vegas Strip, will be released in April 2014.

Sports in American Life can be found at Amazon.com or at local booksellers.

Waiting for the Cars
By Wendell Huffman and Howard Goldbaum, associate professor of journalism

“Waiting for the Cars” tells the story of the Central Pacific Railroad’s construction through 218 photographs and captions. The photos are in 3D stereo, visible with included 3D glasses. Howard Goldbaum, an associate professor of journalism at the University, conducted the photographic research, corrected damaged prints from the mid-1800s and converted the images to 3D.

The book is available on the project’s website.

You Came Back
By Christopher Coake, associate professor of English

You Came Back details the beauty of parental love when Mark Fife is called back to his old, tragedy-filled house to investigate the ghostly appearance of his late son Brendan. Coake’s stories have been published in several literary journals and anthologized in Best American History Stories 2004 and The Best American Noir of the Century. He has been a member of the English faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2005, where he teaches creative writing.

The book is available for purchase from most retail and online bookstores.

Your Path to Bliss
By Judy Strauss, associate professor of managerial sciences

“Your Path to Bliss” is a free e-book about meditation and finding inner happiness with joy, love and peace. Encouraging the use of gongs and other Himalayan instruments, author Judy Strauss encourages readers to quiet the mind, gain balance and awaken the spirit.

The e-book is available online with a series of instrumental CDs to be played while reading.

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Assistance League partners with Barnes & Noble today

From an Assistance League of Reno-Sparks news release

The Assistance League of Reno-Sparks is partnering with Barnes & Noble for a book fair to raise funds for the league’s philanthropic programs starting at 10 a.m. today. Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale that is accompanied by a Bookfair voucher to Assistance League.

Vouchers are available at Assistance League’s website; look for the Bookfair voucher link (the voucher is the graphic next to the news release). You also can shop the Bookfair online Nov. 24-29 at www.bn.com/bookfairs. Include the Bookfair voucher ID number – 11204716 – on the payment page during checkout.

Barnes & Noble is having a special event for the following local authors today. Pulitzer winner Warren Lerude will be signing his just released book “Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Neal Cobb and Jerry Fenwick will be signing their book “Reno Now and Then II” from 1 to 4 p.m.

Assistance League of Reno-Sparks programs are Assault Survivor Kits®, Children in Transition, a food pantry, grooming kits, Links to Learning, Operation School Bell®, Read to ME, Re-Share, Senior Sampler, The Kids on the Block™, Veterans Outreach and We Care.

Look for UNR journalism grads in new Chicken Soup books

From a Reynolds School of Journalism news release

Reynolds School of Journalism graduate Paul George along with instructor and class of 1987 graduate Jackie Shelton have stories featured in two different “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books available in bookstores now. The dual publishing coup originated in a University of Nevada, Reno magazine writing class offered by the school in fall 2012.

George wrote his story, “Adventures of a Middle-Aged College Student,” for the class Shelton was teaching. Shelton shared her story, “A Flood of Blessings,” with the class as an example of a personal essay, and her students challenged her to submit it for publication. They did the same to George, who submitted his to Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade, which was published in August 2013. “A Flood of Blessings” appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas, which came out in October 2013.

“It’s inspiring to see how our students encouraged a classmate and their instructor to submit their work for publication,” said Dean Al Stavitsky. “This speaks to the culture of community that we have in the Reynolds School.”

George’s story is about the events that led him to enroll in college and pursue a career in writing. Currently, he is using his free time to write a novel about Jesus and Thor. He is also starting a remodeling business in Reno and is continuing to look for work in the field of journalism.

Shelton’s story is about a Christmas flood and the events that transformed it from the worst to the best Christmas ever.

Published by Simon & Schuster, Chicken Soup for the Soul: From Lemons to Lemonade and Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas are available from most retail and online booksellers.

Local poet Ann Keniston to read from new book Wednesday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Keniston AnnWhat: Local poet and UNR professor Ann Keniston will read from her new chapbook, November Wasps: Elegies (Finishing Line Press, 2013).

When/Where: Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

About the Book: November Wasps: Elegies, a sequence of 24 poems written over the seven years since the death of Keniston’s mother, chronicles a process of grieving that moves from anticipation through shock to reflection and distance. A deeply personal chronicle of Keniston’s relationship with her beloved but deeply private mother, the volume is also an attempt to make sense of larger mysteries of loss, grieving and absence.

Praise:November Wasps takes grief apart and examines it in all its intricacies and contradictions. It’s a book that balances absence and presence, grief and love, loss and praise. Keniston strips away all clutter and superficial ornamentation to create poems of exactness and hard-earned clarity. While the first-person speaker is everywhere, there is an ethical and rigorous detachment, a rejection of self-pity that creates the sense of powerful feeling being held in check. It’s the intensity of that feeling that draws us to the poems, but it’s the holding back that devastates. November Wasps is a book of aching and mesmerizing truth.” – Steve Gehrke, local poet and fellow UNR professor

About the Author: Ann Keniston is the author of the poetry collection The Caution of Human Gestures (Wordtech, 2005) and the co-editor of The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology (2012). Her poems have recently appeared in Literary Imagination, Southwest Review, Tampa Review and elsewhere, and she has received grants from the Somerville (Massachusetts) Arts Council, the Sierra Arts Foundation (Nevada) and the Nevada Arts Council. An associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, she lives in Reno with her husband and teenage sons.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with the support of the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Tupelo Hassman to be at Sundance Books Wednesday

From a Sundance Books news release

TupeloHassmanWhat: An intimate conversation and reading with Tupelo Hassman, bestselling author of girlchild (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012). This is one of many events taking place in the community during “Nevada Reads” week.

When/Where: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m., Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave.

About the Author: Tupelo Hassman’s first novel, girlchild, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and is now available in paperback from Picador. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Harper’s Bazaar, Imaginary Oklahoma, The Independent, The Paris Review Daily, The Portland Review Literary Journal, sPARKLE & bLINK, We Still Like and ZYZZYVA, and by 100WordStory.org, FiveChapters.com and Invisible City Audio Tours, among others. More is forthcoming from Girls on Fire: Stories of and for Teen Girls and Regreturature: When Good Writers Go Bad. Hassman is the first American ever to win London’s Literary Death Match. She lives in San Francisco’s East Bay, where she can be found having a root beer on tap at The Hog’s Apothecary.

Praise for girlchild:

NPR’s “Fresh Air”: “It’s a testament to Hassman’s assurance as a writer that, even though we readers have the option of leaving, we hunker down in that trailer park with Rory for the long dry season of her youth.” -Maureen Corrigan

The New York Times
Editor’s Choice, Sunday Book Review
“Ms. Hassman is such a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts. Her words are as elegant as they are fierce. A voice as fresh as hers is so rare that at times I caught myself cheering, and it wasn’t necessarily for the kid.” -Susannah Meadows

More information: www.sundancebookstore.com

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with the support of the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Sunset Books and Music to launch poetry book Tuesday

From a Sundance Books news release

ASW_front_cover_only_10_01_13_smallwebWhat: Sundance Books and Music’s Baobab Press will host the book launch for All She Wrote (Baobab Press, 2013), a beautiful new book of sonnets by local poet William Wilborn.

When/Where: Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m., Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

About All She Wrote: The sonnet is one of the oldest poetic forms in Western literature, adopted with immortal success by poets as diverse as Dante, Shakespeare and Robert Frost. In the hands of William Wilborn, the sonnet becomes a powerful vehicle to explore the poignant ironies of history and daily life, the urgencies of love and age, and the heartbreaking truths that lurk behind encounters with art and beauty. These masterfully crafted poems give the ancient sonnet a fresh vibrancy and relevance suitable for the voices and experiences of our time.

Praise: “Too few people know it, but William Wilborn is one of the finest poets in America. All She Wrote, his new collection of memorable, rewarding, and beautifully crafted sonnets, gives more readers a chance to find that out.” –X. J. Kennedy, poet and former poetry editor for The Paris Review.

About the Author: William Wilborn grew up in Bonner, Mont. He attended the University of Montana, Stanford and Cornell and taught English at the University of Nevada in Reno for many years. He has published in Poetry, TriQuarterly and other reviews. Rooms, his first book of poetry, was printed by Harry Duncan of Cummington Press in 1991.

More information: www.sundancebookstore.com.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with the support of the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame to induct history professor, present Silver Pen awards

From a UNR news release

Davies_470-200x300The 26th annual Nevada Writers Hall of Fame will welcome its newest inductee, University of Nevada, Reno distinguished history professor emeritus Richard O. “Dick” Davies, at this year’s ceremony. The event will be at the University’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

Christopher Coake and Tupelo Hassman will receive this year’s Silver Pen Awards as emerging writers. Coake was named “Best Young American Novelist” by GRANTA in 2007 and is a creative writing professor at the university. Hassman is a graduate of Colombia University’s Master in Fine Arts Program and debut author of girlchild, a novel about a young girl growing up in a cluster of mobile homes outside of Reno.

A reception and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The $40 ticket includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres and supports the services of the university libraries. Complimentary parking for the event is available in the metered lot in front of the Knowledge Center, adjacent to the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. For more information or reservations, call 775-682-6022.

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Award: Richard O. “Dick” Davies

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame inductee Richard O. “Dick” Davies is a distinguished history professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Described in a letter of nomination as a “writer of great versatility and talent,” Davies has written and/or edited 15 books ranging in topics from small town America to sports history and to the people and nuances that helped make up the Silver State. When asked about his career as a professor and writer, Davies said all of the books he’s written directly enhance his teaching.

“I want my books to educate, and I see them as an extension of my classroom teaching” Davies said. “People in my classes would often tell me I was a storyteller and that is how I’ve approached all of my books. I have a strong obligation to make books readable.”

Main Street Blues, Davies’s favorite book that he’s written, is a study of the small Ohio farming village of Camden, his hometown, and was named one of the top 25 books in American history by Choice.

“I write books I like to read,” Davies said. “At various stages of my writing career the topic I was working on was important to me.”

Davies is considered one of the country’s finest sports historians. His Sports in American Life: A History is a textbook that is used in many college courses dealing with sports across the United States and in other countries. Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century is “a deeply researched, entertaining, and insightful look at the cultural and athletic underpinnings of 10 entrenched American sports rivalries, one that offers revelations for fans of any team,” fellow author Warren St. John, said.

“I’m like Earl Warren,” Davies said. “I always read the sports page before the rest of the newspaper and clearly that carried over into my writing.”

Nevada has also provided subject matter for Davies. The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada is a series of portraits of some of the state’s most important political figures. His next book, The Main Event: Boxing in Nevada from the Mining Camps to the Las Vegas Strip, set to release in spring 2014, blends his interest in American sports and Nevada history.

Davies, whose parents were both teachers, earned his doctorate degree in American political history from the University of Missouri. He was honored by the University of Nevada, Reno with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009 and received designation as a Foundation Professor of History. He first came to the university in 1980 as vice president of academic affairs.

“I’m very honored by this,” Davies said. “To have my name included with people like Robert Laxalt and Rollan Melton . . . it’s an honor and I’m very pleased.”

The Silver Pen Award: Christopher Coake and Tupelo Hassman
The Silver Pen Award is the other award presented annually as part of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. While the Hall of Fame recognizes established writers, the Silver Pen award recognizes emerging and mid-career writers of promise.

Christopher Coake
Coake’s powerful first novel, You Came Back, is a compelling journey through the human heart. His collection of short stories, We’re in Trouble, won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for a first work of fiction.

Coake’s stories have been published in several literary journals and anthologized in Best American History Stories 2004 and The Best American Noir of the Century. A native of Indiana, Coake received his master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Ohio State University, a master of arts in creative writing from Miami University of Ohio, and a bachelor of arts in secondary education from Ball State University. He has been a member of the English faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno since 2005, where he teaches creative writing.

Tupelo Hassman
Hassman’s 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.

“Hassman is such a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts,” the New York Times said about her work. “Her words are as elegant as they are fierce.”

Hassman’s work has appeared in The Boston GlobeHarper’s Bazaar, Imaginary Oklahoma, The Independent, The Portland Review Literary JournalsPARKLE & bLINK, We Still Like and ZYZZYVA, and by 100WordStory.org, FiveChapters.com and Invisible City Audio Tours, among others. More is forthcoming from Girls on Fire: Stories of and for Teen Girls. Hassman, who lived in Sun Valley during grade school, now lives in San Francisco’s East Bay.

Hall of Fame Awards
The Nevada Writers Hall of Fame was launched in 1988 to honor Nevada’s finest writers. The Silver Pen award was added in 1996. Including this year’s honorees, 49 Hall of Fame medals and 33 Silver Pens have been awarded to some of Nevada’s most noted and promising authors.

A selection committee of representatives from throughout the state chooses the inductees to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and the Silver Pen Award recipients. To be considered for either award, the writers must demonstrate a Nevada connection, either in their subject matter or by living in the state.

‘Fun & Games’ author David Michael Slater at Sundance Books Thursday

From a Sundance Books news release

Fun_GamesCoverWhat: Local author David Michael Slater reads from his newest novel Fun & Games (Library Tales Publishing, 2013).

When/Where: Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

About Fun & Games: The 1980s: It’s the time of Dungeons & Dragons, banana clips and Atari. Jonathan Schwartz is growing up in a family like no other. His sisters—Nadia, the dark genius, and Olivia, the gorgeous tease and temptress—manipulate Jon and his friends for their own entertainment. And his Holocaust survivor grandparents? Their coping techniques are beyond embarrassing. A disastrous visit to Jon’s class by his grandmother unhinges his famous father, setting off a chain of events that threatens to send the dysfunctional Schwartz clan up in flames once and for all. Fun & Games is a heartbreaking and hilarious story of faith, family secrets, betrayal and loss—but it’s also a tale of friendship, love and side-splitting shenanigans.

Praise: “David Michael Slater’s 1980s coming-of-age story fuses intense family dysfunction with literary intelligence. Mr. Slater throws all kinds of crazy against the wall–and not only does it stick, it works brilliantly. . . . Fans of David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson and Augusten Burroughs will crown David Michael Slater their new king.” – The New York Journal of Books

About the Author: David Michael Slater is an author of books for children, teens and adults. The Book of Nonsense and The Book of Knowledge Volumes I & II in his ongoing six-part teen series, Sacred Books, are being developed for film by Producer Kevin Bannerman (Lion King) and screenwriter Karen Janszen (Dolphin Tale). His 16 picture books include Cheese Louise; Jacques & Spock (a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Alternative Selection); Flour Girl (a 2008 Mom’s Choice Award winner) and The Bored Book, which was reviewed positively in The New York Times.

More information: www.sundancebookstore.com.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with the support of the Nightingale Family Foundation.

Free screening of ‘The Motel Life’ set for Saturday evening

From a UNR news release

The Motel Life will be screened at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre (third floor) at the University of Nevada.

The movie and the book on which it’s based tell the story of a pair of working-class brothers who have to flee their Reno motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

This is a free screening, and popcorn will be provided. For more information, call 775-784-6505.

Reno native to present first novel at Sundance Books and Music Monday

Sunlandcover photo smallWhat: Reno native and Iowa Short Fiction Award Winner Don Waters reads from his new novel, Sunland (University of Nevada Press, 2013).

When/Where: Monday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m., Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

About Sunland: Sid Dulaney, in his mid thirties, between jobs and short on family and funds, has moved back to Tucson to take care of his beloved grandmother. To hold down the cost of her prescriptions, he reluctantly starts smuggling medications over the border. His picaresque misadventures involve the lovable eccentrics at her retirement village, Mexican gang threats, a voluptuous former babysitter, midnight voicemails from his exasperated ex-girlfriend and, perplexingly, a giraffe. This first novel by the winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award proves Waters is an important new voice in American fiction. A big, rollicking, character-filled novel, Sunland is an entertaining and humane view at life on the margins in America today.

Praise: “With this beautiful and rambunctious novel, Don Waters shows he’s in the top rank of the new generation of American writers. Sunland takes us on a wild ride across all kinds of borders, yinning and yanging between Mexico and the USA, youth and age, faith and betrayal, legal and outlaw, sober and stoned, and last but by no means least, love and the Void. The writing is gorgeous, the characters ring true on every page, and the story hurtles along with many a hairpin twist and turn. Fasten your seatbelt when you open this book, and hang on.”
— Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

About the Author: Don Waters won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for his story collection, Desert Gothic. His fiction has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize, Best of the West and New Stories from the Southwest. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Outside. Born and raised in Reno, he currently lives in Portland. Sunland is his first novel.

More information: www.sundancebookstore.com

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with the support of the Nightingale Family Foundation.