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Bill Morgan to sign books at Calico

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Bill Morgan of Markleeville will be at Calico Books June 15, noon to 2 p.m., to talk about and sign copies of his book, “The Joshua Line.”

Morgan has been a writer for many years, but one who did not, because of work and family obligations, finish his first novel until he retired.

Morgan began his career with the U.S. Forest Service following college graduation in the 1960s, He worked in many regions and spent 10 years as forest supervisor at the Lake Tahoe Management Unit. He also served as executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency until his retirement in 1989.

“The Joshua Line” was a book in progress since before 1973, when he wrote the first chapter and last chapter. Morgan has had a passion for writing and the out-of-doors since he was a young teen.

The book tells the story of a young man named Joshua who sets out from Carson City on an adventure with a canny mountain man in 1861. The story spans several generations and is told in a series of episodes that concludes on an island between what were once Canada and Michigan in the year 2027.

In that year and place, another young man named Joshua and his sister, Hope, are carrying on the legacy inherited from the original Joshua.

It’s a saga that sees its characters travel by horseback, wagon, trail, automobile, space shuttle and freighter. In the end, following an awesomely cataclysmic event, the qualities of the Joshua line emerge to be of crucial importance to a small group of survivors and perhaps to civilization itself.

The public is welcome to stop by Calico Books to visit with Morgan about his extraordinary career with the Forest Service and TRPA and his passion to write.