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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee writers, poets, authors and novelists.

Poetry, Prose Submissions Sought for LTCC Literary Journal by Dec 1

IMG_2077Lake Tahoe Community College seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for its 25th annual edition of The Kokanee literary journal.

To have work published, writers must be current LTCC students, faculty, or staff, or an alumni who has taken at least one class at LTCC.

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Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time book by Tim Hauserman at Library Dec 20

Tim Hauserman SLT Library (Medium)Friends of the Library are excited to present,​ Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time, a children’s book about the natural history of Lake Tahoe by Tim Hauserman.

With colorful and dramatic illustrations the book tells the story of Gertrude, a Tahoe girl who meets a magic maiden who takes her on a fast motion adventure through the history of Lake Tahoe. They watch glaciers march, volcanoes erupt and exotic animals graze while becoming forever friends.

Hauserman will read and sign copies of Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventures in Time on December 20th, starting at 10:30 AM.

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Bona Fide Award-Winner to Read at LTCC Writers’ Series Oct 8

Field_Study_cover_frontOn Oct. 8 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch St. Louis poet Travis Mossotti’s award-winning collection “Field Study” at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Mossotti’s second collection, “Field Study” won Bona Fide’s 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009. Written in the tradition of American naturalists, “Field Study” chronicles a courtship through the vehicle of carnivore conservation efforts, says publisher Kim Wyatt. “This book is really about the ethics of nature and relationships, and what is human versus what is animal.”

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Talking Tahoe by Peter Goin

“Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe,”  is a nostalgic trip back in time with photography by Peter Goin.  Goin is an athor, photographer, artist and professor of Art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Goin’s vivid juxtaposition of present day images and historic images of Lake Tahoe stimulate questions about the future of Tahoe.

Any Tahoe lover should pick up a copy today.

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“A Wall of White” by Jennifer Woodlief

It’s one of the most amazing survival stories ever told.

In 1982, an avalanche at Alpine Meadows ski resort took the lives of seven people. In the middle of the devastation, one woman was trapped under the snow and a team of ski patrolmen worked for five days to free her. Jennifer Woodlief tells the story in a vivid and compelling style in her book “A Wall of White”.

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Creative Writing Workshops in Truckee

Explore creative writing of any genre in a fun, cooperative and creative environment in Truckee with local writer Karen Terrey of Tangled Roots Writing May through June 2013.

Connect with a writing community, generate new material, play with language and meaning, explore craft and form, and develop a writing practice in a supportive creative environment. read more →

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East Side Trails in Your Pocket

Do you prefer leisurely “Lakeside Rambles” or a 3-day backpacking trip?

Both? You’re in luck!

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12th Owen McKenna Mystery TAHOE GHOST BOAT by Todd Borg

TahoeGhostBoat by Todd BorgFriends of the Library will present Todd Borg, award-winning author, on July 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m.  Todd will discuss his much anticipated 12th book in the Owen McKenna Mystery Series, Tahoe Ghost Boat.   Todd will also share his writing techniques while delighting his audience.

Book sale and signing will follow at the South Lake Tahoe Library, Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Congratulations Todd!

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Rubicon Ramblings by Poet Judy Tretheway

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy ThrethewayHer book of poems and stories about her intimate wanderings in the woods under the north flank of Rubicon Peak is a salute to Tahoe’s magestic sentinels that lure us deeper into ourselves.

Rubicon Ramblings by Judy Tretheway is a wonderful collection of the author’s experience of communion in the forest. We can all relate through poems like The Forest is My Church, Catch My Breath, No Turning Back, Bear Trail, Pollination, and What is Enough?

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SAVING LAKE TAHOE by Mike Makley

saving_lake_tahoe_coverThe history of Lake Tahoe begins with the Washoe Indians who resided on its shores for thousands of years, with minimal impact on the landscape.

The relatively brief American history at Lake Tahoe began in the mid-nineteenth century. Though awestruck by its beauty, the new arrivals were also intent on harvesting its abundant resources. In a mere half century, the basin’s forests and fisheries were destroyed, the lake’s pristine clarity dramatically reduced.

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Poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington at LTCC April 24

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The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series is celebrating National Poetry Month on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Aspen Room with poets June Sylvester Saraceno and Laura Wetherington.

These award-winning poets will read from their works, engage the audience with a Q and A, and sign copies of their books. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. read more →

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Birds of the Sierra Nevada

Birds of the Sierra Nevada by Ted Beedy Ed Pandolfino

Birds of the Sierra Nevada, by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, is a beautifully illustrated user-friendly book with the most up-to-date information available about the natural histories of birds of the Sierra Nevada, the origins of their names, the habitats they prefer, how they communicate and interact with one another, their relative abundance, and where they occur within the region. Each species account features original illustrations by Keith Hansen.

In addition to characterizing individual species, Birds of the Sierra Nevada also describes ecological zones and bird habitats, recent trends in populations and ranges, conservation efforts, and more than 160 rare species. It also includes a glossary of terms, detailed maps, and an extensive bibliography with over 500 citations.

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“Sleigh Rides in Lake Tahoe: Memories of Sam Borges” Dianna Maria de Borges

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For forty years he was able to relive some of his fondest childhood memories of sliding behind the milkman’s sleigh to the sound of bells keeping beat to a horse’s trot back in Massachusetts.

Little did he know in 1969 that he would spend the rest of his life giving sleigh rides at Lake Tahoe; and be the happiest man on earth.

Sam Borges was the beloved patriarch of the Borges Family Sleigh Rides for forty years, a timeless Tahoe tradition and South Shore landmark.

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The 1960 Winter Olympics by David C. Antonucci

1960 Winter Olympics by David AntonucciThe 1960 Olympic Winter Games were a long-shot effort that succeeded beyond the wildest expectations. Working in a sparsely populated valley in the Sierra Nevada with only rudimentary facilities, organizers created a world-class Olympic site in four short years. For the only time in Olympic history, the venues and athlete residence halls were located in a compact, intimate setting that encouraged sportsmanship and interaction between athletes.

Images of Sports: The 1960 Winter Olympics by David C. Antonucci showcases the highlights of the games through vintage images. read more →

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Get the Word Out with Tahoe Writers Works

Tahoe Writers WorksSo you have something to say?

Join the club. Tahoe Writers Works that is.  If you’re addicted to writing, the TWW is your fix. Tahoe Writers Works is a group of writers, poets and other individuals who host writing workshops throughout the year. Both beginning and established writers are welcome. There is no obligation other than an exceptional love of the written word. read more →

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The Healing Powers of Chocolate by Cal Orey

The-Healing-Powers-of-Chocolate“Decadent” and “sinful” are words commonly associated with chocolate, but they no longer apply.

Approximately 4,000 years ago in Central America, the Mayan Indians considered cocoa beans “food of the gods” because of its medicinal benefits. Later, it got tagged as a “bad” fatty food. By the end of the 20th century, a twist of fate turned chocolate back into a health food.

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Bona Fide Books Permanent Vacation

Bona Fide Books’ first publication, Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks – Volume 1: The West, is a definite must read. It includes 19 thought-provoking essays about life in our national parks, and one about streaking.

A few of the essays include Tahoe City’s Joseph Flannery who wrote of his encounters with grizzly bears while working in Yellowstone, while South Lake Tahoe’s Janet Smith details leaving home after high school for life in Yosemite Valley. read more →

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2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize Winner Robert Krut at LTCC Oct 11

THIS_IS_THE_OCEAN_COVEROn Oct. 11, 2013 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch poet Robert Krut’s award-winning collection “This Is the Ocean” with a reading and book signing as part of the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series.

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Sierra Farmer to Speak at South Lake Tahoe Library Oct 22

Why_I_Farm_front_bookcover_FINALOn Tues. Oct. 22, at 6 pm, Sierra Valley Farms owner Gary Romano, author of “Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land,” will give a talk and sign books at the South Lake Tahoe Library.

In “Why I Farm,” third-generation farmer Romano speaks from experience about today’s most vital issues: how to live with purpose and how to protect our food supply. The author documents a disappearing way of life and issues a wake-up call, describing his metamorphosis from a small boy growing up on a farm to adult white-collar worker and his ultimate return to the land.

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Local Poet Janet Smith Wins Prestigious Award

South Lake Tahoe poet and LTCC English faculty Janet Smith has won the 2013 Guy Owen Prize for her poem “The Children’s Section.” The poem, for which Smith received $1000, will appear in the fall issue of the “Southern Poetry Review.”

Poet Arthur Smith chose the poem from a short list of finalists. “The subject matter, the reading experience in childhood, could have been easily sentimentalized, but the poet consistently pulls back from that with an even more powerful detail which sees into the heart of the creation of the imagination,” he said.

For more information about the prize, visit southernpoetryreview.org. read more →

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“The Hook, The Twist, and the Cliffhanger” Writing Workshop with Todd Borg Nov 16-18

Our favorite local mystery thriller author, Todd Borg, will teach a 3-day writing workshop “The Hook, the Twist, and the Cliffhanger” – What Works and What Doesn’t in Entertainment Fiction, November 16th – 18th at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center

This fun-yet-serious workshop is perfect for anyone who has written fiction and wants to refine and polish it until it sings. read more →

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Local Publisher Wins ForeWord Book of the Year Award

Kim-Wyatt-Bona-Fide-BooksCongratulations to Lexa Hillyer (Acquainted with the Cold, Bona Fide Books) for taking the gold in the Foreword Book of the Year Award 2012 for Poetry!

Congratulations to Kim Wyatt of Bona Fide Books in Meyers, who published Lexa’s winning book.

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Tim’s Tahoe Rim Trail 3rd Edition

Tim Hauserman, author of the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook series, has written his new book, Tahoe Rim Trail, 3rd Edition.

An avid adventurist and explorer of natural beauty, Tim moved to Tahoe when he was two and has since racked up countless miles along the Tahoe Rim Trail. read more →

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Local Romance Author at Apres Wine Feb 28

Saylor StormShe is launching her third romantic suspense novel, Double Down, Après Wine Company on Thursday, February 28 from 6-9pm.  Meet Saylor Storm, twenty-eight year resident of Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Feminist Collection on 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade at LTCC Jan 25

Meyers publisher Bona Fide Books is pleased to announce the publication of “Get Out of My Crotch! Twenty-One Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health,” to be released by its new imprint Cherry Bomb Books.

A reading will be held as part of the Lake Tahoe Writers’ Series on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at Lake Tahoe Community College.

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“Parallel Journeys: A memoir of a father and daughter’s life apart”

Father and Child parallel journeys“A con man betrayed me. A thief stole my childhood dreams. An alcoholic paved the road to addiction. Yet if all three were your father, wouldn’t you forgive him? If you were the father, could you ever expect or even accept forgiveness?” poses author Kathy Rem.

After a 33 year separation, an act of kindness and another of guilt gave her the information she sought her whole life; to know where her father was. In their fascinating dual memoir, Parallel Journeys, Ray Goodenough and his daughter, Kathy Rem, have intertwined their individual stories that show the different perspectives of their history together and apart.  This heart rendering book is available here.

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NV Writers Hall of Famer: Joanne Meschery of Truckee

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame author Joanne Meschery of Truckee was born in Gorman, Texas; spent her early childhood years in Boston, moved with her family to Modesto, California; and went to high school in Fallon, Nevada.

She is the author of three novels: In a High Place (1981); A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier (1990), which was nominated for a Pen/Faulkner Award; and Home and Away (1994), recently reprinted by the University of California Press as part of its California Writers Series.

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Submit Trail Tales for Tahoe Rim Trail Anthology by Dec 1

Bona Fide Books, a small indie press in Meyers, is seeking stories for a collection about the Tahoe Rim Trail.  This will be the fourth book published by Bona Fide following the release of the hit Tahoe Blues about our life at the lake, preceded by Permanent Vacation and Mud Cakes.

If you’ve hiked, biked, or otherwise traveled any section, submit your tales of the trail: humor, natural history, observations, epiphanies, trials and tribulations, wildlife and weather—by Dec 1st. read more →

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Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller #10: TAHOE TRAP by Todd Borg

TAHOE TRAP is about a 10-year-old illegal, Mexican, immigrant boy named Paco Ipar. When Paco’s foster mother is murdered, he is left homeless, and, because he doesn’t speak Spanish, without even a country he can call home.

Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna discovers that two contract killers out of Las Vegas are after Paco. McKenna knows that if he does nothing, the men will keep pursuing the boy. So McKenna plans to set a trap for them using Paco as bait. McKenna’s plan carries a huge risk. If it goes wrong, he will be handing the boy to the killers…

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2011 Winner of Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize: Lexa Hillyer at LTCC Nov 2

How fitting. Melissa was born in New York…

On November 2nd at 7 pm, Bona Fide Books will launch Brooklyn poet Lexa Hillyer’s award-winning collection “Acquainted with the Cold” at a reading at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series. The event is free and open to the public.

“Acquainted with the Cold” is Hillyer’s first collection, and it won Bona Fide’s 2011 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009. The book is concerned with the intersection of nature and city, and takes the reader on an invigorating ode to the seasons.

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Tahoe Blues by Bona Fide Books

Fifty-six writers met the challenge to create a compelling story about our lives at the lake captured in Bona Fide Books latest release, Tahoe Blues: Short Lit on Life.

Bona Fide Books has collected 60 short works of flash fiction and true tales, polished like glacial granite to reveal the depths of the lake we love. Each piece is no more than five-hundred words—like the pea-sized gold nugget sifted out of the Upper Truckee, tiny but priceless. Short enough to be read on the lift or in line for a latte, Tahoe Blues offers instant clarity into the Lake of the Sky.

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Fallen Leaf Lake: A Lake and its People 1850–1950 by Janet Kaidantzis

From the Washoe to the pioneering families of Nathan Gilmore, Lucky Baldwin, and William Price, to the artists, academics, and craftsmen of the early community, Fallen Leaf Lake drew people to its natural beauty who left a legacy in stories, legends, and land.

Including author Janet Beales Kaidantzis, who has released Fallen Leaf, A Lake and Its People 1850-1950. read more →

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Fairest Picture: Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe by David C. Antonucci

Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe, by David C. Antonucci describes Mark Twain’s experiences and travels at Lake Tahoe.  Fairest Picture is the first and only book to describe Lake Tahoe as it was in Mark Twain’s time and reveal in detail the locations where he traveled, camped and stayed at 19th century hotels.

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Literary Lollapalooza at Sierra Nevada College Sept 7

Mix with writers, editors, and publishers in this North Shore soiree kicking off the Writers in the Woods series.

Literary Lollapalooza takes place at Sierra Nevada College on Sept. 7 starting at 7 p.m.  This free event is a gathering of Tahoe writers, editors, publishers and readers.

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On The Trail by Krissi Russell inspired by Washoe Meadows State Park

Krissi Russell of South Lake Tahoe has released her second read and sing-along book and CD set, On The Trail featuring hiking songs about trail etiquette and safety.

Vibrant, full color illustrations by Lois Olsen add magic to Krissi’s message: “Stay on the trail, enjoy the view. Leave only footprints. That’s what you’re supposed to do.”

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EDGE Volume 5 by Tahoe Writers Works recognized as an Indie Book Award Finalist

Way to go Tahoe Writers Works!

EDGE, Volume 5, was recently recognized as a finalist in the 2012/2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The category for the award was for best anthology.

EDGE 2011 Volume 5 features provocative fiction, poetry, essays, and art from local, regional, and national writers and artists. The pieces included in this newest volume follow the edgy style of previous editions and offer an eclectic mix of powerful writing and imagery.

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Entrepreneur and Publisher Kim Wyatt to Speak at Library August 29

Kim Wyatt is a writer, editor, and publisher who believes in the power of storytelling to change the world. She also loves to forage and hike in the Sierra Nevada.

Meet Kim, founder of Bona Fide Books, at the South Lake Tahoe Library on Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. The evening is free and refreshments will be served, sponsored by your Friends of the Library. Bona Fide Books newest release, Tahoe Blues, will be available for purchase.

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Did you know…Kirkwood has a Cookbook?

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Kirkwood is well known for skiing.

And for its local dishes?

You be the judge.

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Steinbeck at Tahoe and Other Tales Beneath the Surface

John Steinbeck dropped out of Stanford to write his first novel, Cup of Gold – a swashbuckling Caribbean pirate romance which he completed at Tahoe’s Cascade Lake just prior to taking a job at the State Fish Hatchery in Tahoe City.

There, he met and wooed his first wife, terrorized visiting females, bragged of his sexual exploits, shot holes in the ceiling with a revolver, and got himself fired (never to return to Tahoe for the remainder of his long career). read more →

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Tahoe’s Cultural Heritage in Ink @ Gatekeeper’s Museum Bookstore

This place is a treasure trove of Tahoe’s cultural heritage.

In addition to the largest collection of Washoe Indian baskets in the west, the Gatekeeper’s and Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum Store carries several historical books written by local authors.

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“From Flarf to Cento: Using Multiple Sources to Find Your Voice” March 31

Award-winning poet and editor Ravi Shankar will be in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, March 31st to give a poetry workshop from 3-6pm at Bona Fide Books in Meyers.

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Exposed Ski Lines caught in Squallywood Book by Robb Gaffney

squallycover.jpgIf you liked the 1st edition, you’ll love the 2nd.

Squallywood

A Guide to Squaw Valley’s Most Exposed Lines by Robb Gaffney, MD.

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Environmental Novelist Li Miao Lovett speaks Feb 9 and 10

Environmental novelist Li Miao Lovett will give a reading and book signing February 9 at the Lake Tahoe Community College at 7pm, and February 10 at 7 pm in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. The receptions are free and open to the community.

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TAHOE HIJACK by Todd Borg; 9th Owen McKenna Mystery Novel

A murder linked to a treasure dating back to the Gold Rush set the scene for TAHOE HIJACK, the 9th Owen McKenna mystery thriller written by local author Todd Borg.

Borg’s books have won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, made several bestseller lists, and have received numerous rave reviews in journals and newspapers across the country.

Meet Todd at his book signings August 31st – September 5th, 2011, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Rib Cookoff @ The Nugget, Sparks, Nevada.

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Three Hours to Burn a Body, Poems by Suzanne Roberts June 17

The poems of Suzanne Roberts’ Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel range widely over the earth, yet they are as intimate in their touch as the body itself.

Please join Suzanne at her book launch party and photography opening on Friday, June 17 at 6:30 PM at Bona Fide Books in Meyers, California.

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Lake Tahoe Gardens by Sharon Gay

Sharon Gay, local author, photojournalist, garden designer, and award-winning gardener, lives on Lake Tahoe’s stunning East Shore in Nevada.

To share her passion – gardening and Lake Tahoe – Sharon recently completed her breathtaking hardcover book, Lake Tahoe Gardens, about gardening in the Lake Tahoe area.  She has also published another photographic book, Lake Tahoe Inspirations.  Sharon is also involved with the Lake of the Sky Garden Club of North Lake Tahoe and has been club historian.  She enjoys attending and photographing local events and has created online guides to the top Lake Tahoe restaurants.

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The Writing Gourmet, Cal Orey

cal-oreyLocal health author, Cal Orey, has launched an edgy food-related blog that stands out with a dash of fresh attitude.

The internationally acclaimed author comes out of the pantry and admits, “I hate to cook.” But she practices what she preaches, “I eat to live and do not live to eat”. It’s her secret to staying healthy and lean while savoring fine food.

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“Tahoe Avalanche” and other Tahoe Mysteries by Todd Borg

A classic whodunit mystery thriller written by South Shore author, Todd Borg, perfect for the winter.

Tahoe Avalanche.

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Tahoe Heat by Todd Borg

A dead piano tuner and a wild Mustang running loose at Lake Tahoe are inextricably linked in Tahoe HEAT, the 8th Owen McKenna mystery thriller written by local author Todd Borg.

Borg’s books have won the Ben Franklin Award for Best Mystery of the Year, made several bestseller lists, and have received numerous rave reviews in journals and newspapers across the country.

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The “Unofficial” Guide to Kayaking Tahoe

Even if you don’t kayak, you should check out this book for the hand drawn illustrations and humor about life at Lake Tahoe from the water’s edge.

(Note: The Trolley does not allow kayaks. Doh!)

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