New edition provides natural history of every fish found in Great Basin waters

From a University of Nevada Press news release

204Even in the arid Great Basin, lakes, rivers and streams support an astonishing variety of fish, important sources of food for Native Americans and later settlers.  The landscape of the Great Basin contains clear mountain streams, Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, Mono Lake, Bear Lake and the Logan River. Renowned fish and fisheries in these waters include the Lahontan cutthroat trout and the cui-ui (both now endangered) and the Bonneville cutthroat trout.

In Fishes of the Great Basin: A Natural History, William F. Sigler and John W. Sigler provide an illustrated natural history of every fish found in these waters (indigenous as well as introduced), along with a discussion of threatened and endangered species, a glossary, a bibliography and an index.  The new paperback edition includes an updated checklist of established species.  First published in 1986, this comprehensive volume will be welcomed by naturalists, recreational anglers and anyone concerned with the natural resources of Nevada, Utah, Idaho and the other states of the Great Basin.

William F. Sigler (1909 – 1995) directed the Utah State University Wildlife Resource Department from 1950 to 1974.  His son, John W. Sigler, consults on fisheries and environmental issues.


$39.95 / paper / 320 pages / 11 color drawings, 99 b&w illustrations, 2 maps
ISBN: 978-087417-694-0

Reno Bike Project, Sundance Bookstore to bring legendary bike designer and author to Reno

From a news release

Just RideGrant Petersen, bicycle designer and author of Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike, will give a talk and sign books Sundance Books and Music’s front yard from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Sundance is hosting the event with the Reno Bike Project to raise awareness and funds for the Major Taylor Ride Club.

Other highlights will include a family bike ride, live music by CW and Mr. Spoons, and refreshments from New Belgium Brewing, Bibo Freddo and Still Rollin’ food truck.

The Bike Project’s  Major Taylor Ride Club is an after-school club that uses bicycling to teach at risk youth about physical fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance, setting and meeting goals, cycling safety and the environmental benefits of bikes.

Petersen is found and owner of Rivendell Bicycle Works. Proceeds from the evening’s book sales will benefit the ride club.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit Sundance Bookstore’s site.

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

A quick look at ‘Flipka’

FlipkaFlipka by J T Twissel

Genre: Mystery

My Synopsis: In the 1970s, a Las Vegas casino magnate’s daughter is a resident of a reformatory at a former fort in eastern Nevada. He sends up Flipka, a no-longer-practicing psychoanalyst whose real name is Fi Butters, to find out what happened to a counselor who disappeared and whether his daughter and the other girls had anything to do with it. Butters quickly learns they have been going into an old mine shaft, and the clues pile up from there. She keeps running into a couple of men who seem to be cowboys one time, scientists another and FBI agents still another. A horny old biplane pilot and a professor researching a book turn out to more helpful than an unenthusiastic ex-cop the casino magnate has sent to accompany her. They spend several days in Ely and visit a cathouse nearby, but everything leads back to the old mine.

Publisher: Booktrope, 2013

Format and Number of Pages: Kindle, paperback, 192 pages

Where to Find: Amazon

How Much Read: All

Comments: Flipka, the name of the main character, is “a Russian term of endearment meaning difficult broad.” The author grew up in Reno, and Nevadans will recognize the local color.

A quick look at ‘Tahoe Chase’

Tahoe Chase by Todd Borg

TChase100Genre: Mystery

My Synopsis: We know the former ski racer’s wife was thrown over the railing of the deck of their Lake Tahoe home, but the police think she fell by herself. Her husband hires Owen McKenna to investigate.

Publisher: Thriller Press, 2013

Format and Number of Pages: Kindle, paperback, 351 pages

Where to Find: See the list of local bookstores on the author’s site.

How Much Read: 2%

Comments: As of today it has 807 reviews on Amazon. Borg’s latest book, Tahoe Ghost Boat, has just been released.

A quick look at ‘Bending Willow’

Bending WillowBending Willow by Jacci Turner

Genre: Middle grade

My Synopsis: Two sisters who have been living in Reno with their grandmother have to make a quick decision when they discover she has died. They don’t want to return to the shelter they had to go to when their mother and her latest husband died, so they head for Idaho to find the older sister’s father. Knowing they have to head east on I-80, they stow away on a bus headed to Burning Man. From there they find a ride to Wells, where they find another ride north into Idaho. That’s when the good fortune they found at Burning Man is replaced by reality. All works out at the end, though.

Publisher: Lucky Bat Books, 2013

Format and Number of Pages: Paperback, 146 pages; Kindle

Where to Find: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo

How Much Read: All

Comments: This is another genre I don’t normally read, but I got hooked on this story when the author posted the first chapter for free. By the end of the chapter I cared about the girls and wanted to know what happened next. When I read the whole book, I had chills at the end (the happy kind). This book is first in a series and is followed by Stretching Willow and Finding Willow (just out).