You could say that I have trained for this pandemic all my life. ...more
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Look through these images, and feel proud. Feel inspired. Know that yes, the battle is uphill and will be hard-won, but it will be won . ...more
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Istanbul is suffering from a shortage of bookstores. Barnes & Noble has ousted CEO Ronald Boire. A crane collapsed in front of a Reno bookstore. No people—or books—were injured.
Sean Bernard talks about the placid, annoying heaven of his debut novel,
Studies in the Hereafter, why he’s both optimistic and cynical about human nature, and the difference between writing short stories and a novel. ...more
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Writer, musician, and poet Christian Kiefer discusses his literary influences, the “beautiful, beat up, and weird town” that is Reno, and writing from the perspective of beasts in his new novel
The Animals. ...more
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Girlchild, Tupelo Hassman’s stunning debut novel, follows Rory Dawn Hendrix through a rough childhood in the Calle. “Just north of Reno and just south of nowhere is a town full of trailers
Tupelo Hassman’s debut Girlchild is an emotionally rich and complex picture of a smart girl brutalized and circumscribed by circumstances.
“That gorgeous cholla cactus outside the window also has horribly sharp spines. The desert is an incredibly violent environment. Plants and animals had to get mean as hell in order to survive.”