Professor to celebrate publication of debut mystery novel Tuesday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Red Queen's Run coverSundance Books will hold a reception for the author of The Red Queen’s Run (Henery Press, 2014) at 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 9.The book is the first mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former University of Nevada, Reno, professor Bourne Morris. Morris will give a short reading followed by Q & A and book signing.

The book begins with a famous journalism dean found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Accident or murder? The police suspect members of the faculty who had engaged in fierce quarrels with the dean—distinguished scholars who were known to attack the dean like brutal schoolyard bullies. When Meredith “Red” Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation, but incoming threats lead him to believe Red’s the next target for death.

Morris began writing at Bennington College, where she studied under the late poet laureate Howard Nemerov. After college, she worked at McCall’s magazine and went to Ogilvy & Mather, New York, during the “Mad Men” era. In 1983, she joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as a full professor in journalism, where she taught until 2009. She learned about campus politics when she served as chair of the faculty senate.

Advance Praise

“Former university professor Bourne Morris proves herself a masterful storyteller in this compelling debut novel. The Red Queen’s Run is compulsive reading as it takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of campus violence. I can’t wait to follow its smart new heroine, “Red” Solaris, as this trilogy continues.”
–Alan Deutschman, author of Change or Die

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


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