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Authors at museum

by Joyce Hollister

Ever want to meet the author of a book? Next week, Carson Valley residents may meet 12 authors in the first “A Spring Afternoon with the Authors” at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

“It should be a fun afternoon,” said CVHS spokesperson Liz Paul, “and will give the community an opportunity to come out and meet the authors and discuss their books.”

The event is free and refreshments will be served.

The authors will be seated at tables in the hallway and main gallery of the museum, so that interested readers may speak one-on-one with them, said organizer Donna Allgeier, who is volunteer manager of the gift shop at the cultural center.

“These are basically local authors,” Allgeier said. “We carry all of their work. We hope people become more familiar with these authors – they’ve got some marvelous books.”

The docent council is hosting the reception, the first event that the group has sponsored, Allgeier said. She hopes it will become an annual project.

“All the authors’ books will be for sale in the gift shop, and the authors will be there to chat and sign their books,” she said.

Authors from Carson Valley will include Beverly Butler, who wrote “The Dondero Brothers in Genoa, Nevada, 1863-1885,” and Alora Knight, who is the author of books of poetry, “Poems for All Season and All Reasons,” Vols. 1, 2 and 3.

Jane Lehrman has published several of her “Around Douglas” books, which feature the stories of people in the county. Wynne Maule is known for his meticulously researched “Minden, The Story of a Unique Town.”

Ray Smith, who has penned several books about characters and places in Nevada, will be among the Valley authors at the event. Also in attendance will be Nancy Miluck, who wrote “Genoa-Carson Valley, Nevada,” and a school book, “Nevada, This is Our Land,” plus several historical coloring books.

From Reno will be June Brioli, who wrote “Easy Cookin’ in Nevada,” and Bill Henley, who wrote “My Father, The Bank Robber,” a book of interesting characters living on the Comstock.

Chris Bayer of Carson City is probably better known in the Valley as a musician, but he has also written books on Nevada history and the history of music, and is an artist-in-residence with the Nevada State Council on the Arts.

From Dayton is Dennis Cassinelli, who is the author of “Gathering Traces of the Great Basin Indians,” and who has been researching ancient Indian tribes of the Great Basin for 40 years.

In addition, Norman Hoggatt of Mound House, who wrote “On the Trail of Wyatt Earp,” and C. C. Charles Convis of Carson City, who wrote a series of books called “True Tales of the Old West,” will be at the reception.

“Spring Afternoon with the Authors” will be held April 25, 2-4 p.m., at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. A drawing will be held for two books, Grace Dangberg’s “Carson Valley” and Ray Smith’s “Untold Tales of Nevada.”

The center is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and features a changing gallery, Washoe exhibits, early-day telephone exhibit, wildlife exhibit, history of Carson Valley, mustang exhibit, Basque exhibit and early-day newspaper exhibit. The East Fork Artists’ Gallery is also housed in the center.

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