Desert rat English prof to read, sign latest book

raising%20wildFrom a Sundance Books and Music news release

Award-winning Reno author Michael Branch will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness, from 6:30 to 8 p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Sundance Books and Music.

Branch, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, is a writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, desert rat and curmudgeon who lives with his wife and two young daughters in the high desert north of Reno.

Raising Wild, his sixth book, explores environmental experience in the context of parenting in western Nevada’s rugged, high-elevation Great Basin Desert. The chapters combine humor, lyricism, natural history and reflections on raising two young daughters in an extreme desert landscape.

“Michael Branch has been an essential figure in western letters for years,” said author Robert Michael Pyle. “Now, in Raising Wild, he brings us an intimate look into one remarkable family’s life situated deeply in their place. Whether writing of antelope or antelope squirrels, scorpions or daughters, Branch sweeps smoothly between downright mordant humor and stilling insight, through depths of fresh thought all along the way.”

Branch’s other works include the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa (Island Press).

Details: 775-786-1188 or www.sundancebookstore.com

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New Reno history focuses on Virginia Street bridge, Riverside Hotel

genesis-of-renoFrom a University of Nevada Press email

Back before a city of Reno existed, a log and timber bridge crossed the Truckee River. This bridge would one day connect north and south Reno as part of Virginia Street, the main thoroughfare in what is today a bustling and busy city.

Just south of the bridge was an inn and tavern where cowboys, drovers and miners could find a good meal and a good night’s rest. This tavern would evolve into the famous Riverside Hotel.

The Genesis of Reno by Jack Harpster is the remarkable story of these two iconic landmarks, and of the people, the events and the community that have played an important part in shaping their long history.

Harpster spent 43 years working in the newspaper industry in Southern California and Southern Nevada. He has published eight other books, along with dozens of essays and articles on history and biography in national and local journals and magazines. He now lives in Reno.

Events

1 P.M., SUNDAY, OCT. 23
Book Signing
Downtown Reno Library

6:30 P.M., THURSDAY, OCT. 27
Presentation
Nevada State Museum
Carson City

5:30 P.M., WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
Writers Series: The Genesis of Reno
Nevada Historical Society
Reno

Details

Published by University of Nevada Press
$34.95
ISBN 978-1-943859-23-8