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 →
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.
Her 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?
The 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.
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.
The 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 →
So 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 →
“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.
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 →
On 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.
The event is free and open to the public. read more →
On 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.
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.
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 →
Congratulations 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.
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 →
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 →
She 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 →
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.
“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.
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.
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 →
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…
The writer John Cheever said “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss – you can’t do it alone.” Amen JC.
The newest Tangled Roots Writing workshop: “Shaping and Revising your Project” takes place 1/22, 2/5, and 3/11 from 10 am – 1:30 pm.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Kirkwood is well known for skiing.
And for its local dishes?
You be the judge.
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 →
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.
They’ve been training hard. Now it’s time to hit the stage.
Don’t miss the LTTC’s Poetry Slam on Thursday, April 26th starting at 8pm in the Aspen Room with emcee Denise Jolly. Competitors should prepare two poems and bring $5 to participate in this competitive performance standoff. Sign-up 15 minutes prior to the event. The event is free for audience members who are encouraged to participate by cheering, whistling, or mildly heckling the hosts or judges.
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.
If you liked the 1st edition, you’ll love the 2nd.
A Guide to Squaw Valley’s Most Exposed Lines by Robb Gaffney, MD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Local 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.
A classic whodunit mystery thriller written by South Shore author, Todd Borg, perfect for the winter.
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.
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!)
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, in partnership with the National Association for Interpretation, is offering a professional one day Interpretive Writing Workshop instructed by Alan Leftridge on Friday, April 9, 2010 to introduce you to the techniques for written interpretation.
Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe by David C. Antonucci
The story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games is the saga of the highly improbable that became the wildly successful.
Within it are compelling personal stories of underdogs that become unlikely champions, American ingenuity and heroism for team and country. The inspiring story includes a promise kept to a dying loved one, brash stars that falter in the glare of a world spotlight and risky strategies that payoff with golden results.
Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games written by David C. Antonucci contains the only complete account of the preparations, pageantry, ceremonies, competitions and epilogues of the historic VIII Olympic Winter Games at Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe. read more →
It’s five short stories about first time adventure experiences.
The challenges faced when attempting something new and the sense of accomplishment that comes from overcoming the challenges that invariably arise.
“First Tracks” sounds like a fitting title, and was published by long-time Kirkwood resident, Bruce Gianola.
Simple yet robust, that’s the storyline behind Bona Fide. Create a haven for writers that will revitalize our passion for reading and sense of community.
Bona Fide Books is an online bricks and mortar indie press in South Lake Tahoe.
“In an alleged age of declining readership,” says publisher and owner Kim Wyatt, “Bona Fide wants to give everyone a reason to read.” read more →
It’s the next “whodunit” written by South Shore author, Todd Borg.
The greatest danger comes at the darkest hour… Todd Borg’s 7th novel in his best-selling Tahoe Mystery series titled TAHOE NIGHT is available now.
Featuring Detective Owen McKenna and his Great Dane Spot, TAHOE NIGHT is about a local TV talk show host who gets involved in a deadly art forgery. The novel tells the story of Leah Printner, host of the popular “Tahoe Live” TV show.keep looking »