Native Nevadan to read from new sonnet collection Feb. 26

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

the_wings_of_what_you_say_coverSteven Nightingale will read from his new collection of sonnets The Wings of What You Say (Black Rock Press, 2013) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave.

Nightingale is the author of two novels, The Lost Coast and The Thirteenth Daughter of the Moon; Cartwheels, a limited edition book of sonnets; and four collections of sonnets published by the Black Rock Press. A native Nevadan, he received a B.A. at Stanford University, where he studied computer science and literature. He lives in the Santa Cruz mountains near Woodside, Calif., with his wife Lucy and daughter Gabriella.

For more information, visit the Sundance Books event page.

2 new local authors to sign books at Sundance

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Two new local authors will appear for a book signing at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.

redemption road straightIn Redemption Road by Mark Shaff, a family outing turns into a nightmare when Annie Diablo goes missing while backpacking in the Eastern Sierra with her husband Marcus and their two young sons. Despite Marcus’s claims that Annie was abducted by a group of homegrown terrorists planning to set fire to forests in and around Yosemite National Park, the FBI is convinced Marcus is responsible.

But when, from California to Connecticut, the nation’s largest forests and grasslands simultaneously erupt in flames, it becomes clear that Marcus was innocent. While the country teeters on the brink of chaos, whatever effort was spent on finding Annie is now directed elsewhere.

What begins as a man’s desperate search for his wife turns into a journey of redemption that will take Marcus from the security of his home to the harsh Australian Outback, to the lawless tribal lands of the Middle East, to the unforgiving waters of the Bering Sea. If Marcus is to succeed and find those responsible, trust will have to be earned, death cheated, and the limits of human perseverance pushed. Along his road, Marcus’s life and the lives of everyone he touches will be changed forever.

Shaff lives in Reno with his wife and two teenage sons. He owns a hardwood floor company that specializes in the use of reclaimed and hand distressed materials. He enjoys skiing, backpacking and fly-fishing and spends as much time as he can in the Sierra Nevada.

Currents-of-Deception-coverM.C. Davis has written Currents of Deception, which is about Kaitlin, an undercover operative for an international agency. Kaitlin is assigned to investigate an alleged drug distributing ring in the Seattle/Northwest area of the United States that may have international connections. At the same time, she is asked by a friend to see if his sister, Sadie, might be involved. Kaitlin must befriend Sadie and ultimately find her killer.

Kaitlin’s skills at diving and investigating are put to the test when she begins diving in the strong currents of the Pudget Sound during her investigation and in the process discovers that the currents of the waters are not the only currents swirling around her that dangerous. Aided by Graham, an operative sent to assist and possibly spy on her, Kaitlin must solve the issues of the investigation while trying not to be killed by those she trusts in the process.

Davis lives and works in the Reno-Sparks area with her husband and two dogs. When not writing, she enjoys spending time out of doors at Tahoe and the surrounding areas in Northern Nevada and California, making jewelry, quilting, cooking and thinking up new topics to keep her character Kaitlin busy. She is very fortunate to have family and friends who have encouraged her to take this first step in becoming a writer.

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

Willy Vlautin to read from new novel at Sundance Monday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

The Free cover - smallWilly Vlautin, award-winning author of The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, returns to his hometown to read from his latest novel, The Free (Harper Collins, Feb. 2014), Monday, Feb. 10. His appearance will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave.

In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters looking for meaning in distressing times.

Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy’s group home, works two jobs yet still can’t make ends meet. He’s lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative—and dangerous—proposition.

Pauline Hawkins, a nurse, cares for the sick and wounded, including Leroy. She also looks after her mentally ill elderly father. Yet she remains emotionally removed until she meets a young runaway who touches something deep and unexpected inside her.

In crystalline prose, both beautiful and devastating, this “major realist talent” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) considers the issues transforming ordinary people’s lives—the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunity, the devastating scars of war—creating an extraordinary contemporary portrait that is also a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.

Born and raised in Reno, Vlautin is the author of The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete as well as the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine. He lives outside Portland, Ore.

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

Sundance Books to host Tracy Clark book launch Saturday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

scintillate-Cover-webSundance Books and Music will host a reading and reception this Saturday to celebrate the publication of the first book in a new young adult trilogy by local author Tracy Clark. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Scintillate (Entangled: Teen, 2014) is the first book in a lush and exciting trilogy full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.


Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever . . . and end her life.

About the Author

Tracy Clark grew up a “valley girl” in Southern California but now resides in her home state of Nevada with her daughter and son. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat. She is the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program. Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.

To see a trailer for the book, visit For more information about the event, visit Sundance Books.

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

‘More’ RGJ does not mean more local books coverage

Have you noticed the books page is missing from the Sunday Reno Gazette-Journal Arts & Entertainment (TV guide) section? Don’t bother to keep looking for it, because it was discarded in the newspaper’s week-old “more” makeover.

I asked Executive Editor Kelly Ann Scott about it during a live chat last week, and she replied, “At this point, the only books coverage we have is in the USA Today section.” The USA Today books section is two full pages, much larger than the one that used to be in the A&E section. Of course it just covers national book news.

Scott continued, “However, if there are Nevada authors or books, we will showcase that in our new Our Nevada section.”

That “if” bothers me. Since I started this blog and associated Twitter feed in September I’ve been amazed at the number of local authors who are constantly writing books, publishing books, holding book events, and more. I’ve also appreciated all the Trembling Leaves Twitter followers: We definitely have local readers who are interested in local authors and local books.

Still, I’d like to see our local paper use “more” resources to cover the local books scene.