Reception to celebrate new Bourne Morris mystery

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Red Queen CoverA reception and signing to celebrate the publication of the second mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former University of Nevada, Reno, professor Bourne Morris will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Sundance Books and Music. Morris will give a short reading followed by a Q&A and book signing.

In The Rise of the Red Queen (Henery Press, 2015), a beautiful student is missing. Did she leave on impulse, or was it something more sinister?

When the young woman’s grandfather pleads for help, Meredith “Red” Solaris, the interim dean at a northern Nevada university, agrees to help search for the student but doesn’t know she may have to risk everything to find her. Worse yet, without solid evidence, Red and Detective Joe Morgan have little basis for investigation. Murky university politics—and Red’s own struggle to keep her job—thwart efforts to find a girl held captive by a man willing to steal what he cannot win.

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 then went to Ogilvy&Mather, New York, during the “Mad Men” era. David Ogilvy and his colleagues promoted her several times and sent her west to become head of their agency in Los Angeles.

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. She retired to write mysteries in 2009. The first book in her series is The Red Queen’s Run.

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Meet writers of children’s books Saturday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

SCBWISundance Books and Music will hold a reception and group book signing honoring nine Nevadans whose work is read all over the world this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Books for readers from preschool through ages 18 and up will be available for sale and signing. Get started on your holiday shopping, bring the authors your questions and comments, and learn about the local programs available through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Participants and their featured books will be

  • Suzanne Morgan Williams, Bull Rider (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
  • Heather Petty, Lock and Mori (Simon & Schuster)
  • Tracy Clark, Scintillate series (Entangled)
  • Terri Farley, Wild at Heart (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Cindy Kremsner, My Puppy Gave to Me (Pelican)
  • David Michael Slater, The Boy and the Book (Random House)
  • Naomi Canale, His Dark Ways (CreateSpace)
  • Kim Harnes, Still Photo (CreateSpace)
  • Linda Kay Hardie, Louie Larkey and the Bad Dream Patrol (Moon Mountain Publishing)


Northern Nevada is known for developing children’s-book writers and illustrators. Every year, people from across the United States (and around the globe) gather in our area to be mentored by successful writers and illustrators. Sponsored by the Nevada region of SCBWI, this mentorship program has enriched our local literary community by resulting in many Nevada-based writers and illustrators becoming published.

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Veterans write

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

Participants in the Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project, an eight-week writing program for veterans and their family members, will read from their poetry and prose at Sundance Books and Music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The literature created through the project inspires spiritual, emotional and social growth and healing after trauma. The Northern Nevada Veterans Writing Project is supported by the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation, the City of Reno, Reno Arts and Culture, the Reno Vet Center and TMCC Veterans Upward Bound.

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