Writers Harvest to help MFA students fight hunger

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

harvestSundance Books and Music and the MFA in Creative Writing at UNR invite you to get creeped out, freaked out and downright terrified at the Writers Harvest from 7 to 8:30 p.m Friday, Oct. 30, at Sundance Books and Music. Local authors and MFA students will read eerie stories for Halloween and Día de los Muertos and collect donations for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

The Writers Harvest is the nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger. Local readers will include Joe Crowley, Christopher Coake, Susan Palwick, Ben Rogers and Lindsay Wilson. Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged.

Learn more at http://www.sundancebookstore.com/writersharvest.

25 years of Pickles?

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Pickles_0I knew the Pickles comics had been around for a while. I remember when they were first syndicated, and I never would have guessed it’s been 25 years. But that’s the title of Brian Crane’s latest collection: 25 Years of Pickles.

Sundance Books and Music will hold a book launch to celebrate the publication from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

In his seventh Pickles collection, Crane shares some of his favorite recent strips and many of his earliest ones, most of which have not been collected in book form. The bookfrom Baobab Press, the publishing arm of Sundance Books and Musicshowcases the wry, honest and heartwarming connection between Earl, Opal and the rest of the Pickles family. It offers readers a chance to look back even as Pickles continues to pick up momentum for the next 25 years of laughter.

Crane is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Reuben Cartoonist of the Year Award. Pickles appears in over 900 newspapers worldwide and has been nominated twice for Best Comic Strip. Pickles received the honor in 2001. Crane lives in Sparks with his wife, and they are the proud parents of seven children and thirteen grandchildren—with a fourteenth on the way.

Does that mean Crane is now laughing with Earl rather than at him?

Learn more at http://www.sundancebookstore.com/crane.

‘Gold Fame Citrus’ author to appear at Sundance Books

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Gold Fame CitrusClaire Vaye Watkins will present her new novel, Gold Fame Citrus (Riverhead Books, 2015).at a reading and signing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at Sundance Books and Music.

About the book

Unrelenting drought has transfigured Southern California into a surreal, phantasmagoric landscape. With the Central Valley barren, underground aquifer drained, and Sierra snowpack entirely depleted, most “Mojavs,” prevented by both armed vigilantes and an indifferent bureaucracy from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to internment camps.

In Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, two young Mojavs—Luz, once a poster child for the Bureau of Conservation and its enemies, and Ray, a veteran of the “forever war” turned surfer—squat in a starlet’s abandoned mansion. Holdouts, they subsist on rationed cola and whatever they can loot, scavenge and improvise. The couple’s fragile love somehow blooms in this arid place, and for the moment, it seems enough. But when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins.

They head east, a route strewn with danger: sinkholes and patrolling authorities, bandits and the brutal, omnipresent sun. Ghosting after them are rumors of a visionary dowser—a diviner for water—and his followers, who whispers say have formed a colony at the edge of a mysterious sea of dunes.

Immensely moving, profoundly disquieting and mind-blowingly original, Watkins’s novel explores the myths we believe about others and tell about ourselves, the double-edged power of our most cherished relationships and the shape of hope in a precarious future that may be our own.

About the author

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” fiction writer as well as the recipient of The Story Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and a Guggenheim fellowship, among many other honors. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, Best of the Southwest 2013 and elsewhere.

A graduate of UNR, she is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. Watkins has also taught at Bucknell and Princeton, and she and her husband, writer Derek Palacio, are co-directors of the Mojave School, a creative-writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.


Learn more at sundancebookstore.com/watkins.

‘A Short History of Reno’ updated

From a University of Nevada Press news release

ShortHistoryRenoThe University of Nevada Press published the second edition of Richard Moreno’s A Short History of Reno last week.

The completely revised and updated edition provides an entertaining and informative account of Reno’s remarkably colorful history. Moreno discusses Reno’s efforts, from its early beginnings in the 1850s to the present day, to reinvent itself as a recreation, entertainment, education and technology hub. He looks at the gamblers, casino builders and performers who helped create the world-famous gaming industry, and he considers the celebrities who came to end unhappy marriages back when Reno was “the divorce capital of the world.”

He brings the city’s history up to date with coverage of the businesspersons and civic leaders who helped make Reno an attraction that still lures millions of visitors each year. Today’s travelers and residents explore Reno’s flamboyant heart and scenic wonders, topics the author examines in an accessible and lively fashion.

Moreno is director of content development at Central Washington University. He is the former publisher of Nevada Magazine and the author of twelve books, including A Short History of Carson City. He was awarded the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award in 2007.


$21.95 / 184 pages / 55 b&w photographs / 1 map

‘Phantom Stallion’ author tries nonfiction

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

wild_at_heart_coverA reception to celebrate the publication of local author Terri Farley’s first work of non-fiction, Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them (Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, 2015) will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music Saturday, Oct. 3.

Mustangs have thrived for thousands of generations. But now they are under attack from people who see them as pests. The lucky ones are adopted. Some are sent to long-term holding pens; more and more are sold for slaughter. But courageous young people are trying to stop the round-ups and the senseless killings. They are standing up to the government and big business to save these American icons.

With eyewitness accounts, cutting-edge science and full-color photographs, Farley and Melissa Farlow invite readers into the world of mustangs in all its beauty and profile the young people leading the charge to keep horses wild and free. The book includes notes and sources, index, and glossary.

Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them is Farley’s first work of nonfiction. It has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection.

Farley is the best-selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and Seven Tears into the Sea, a contemporary Celtic fantasy nominated as a Young Adult Library Services Association best book. She was honored by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, and her books have sold more than two million copies in 28 countries. She is an advocate for the West’s wild horses and works with young people learning to make their voices heard.

Learn more at http://www.sundancebookstore.com/farley.