Authors gather at Minden library |

Authors gather at Minden library

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Tracy Clark is the author of 'Deviate.'
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A gathering of local authors 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Douglas County Public Library will feature appearances by Todd Borg and Mike White.

Other participating authors include: Mary Ansari; Ken Beaton; Tracy Clark; Tammy Grace; Sandie La Nae; Bill “Wade” Morgan; Mary Randall; Jerry and Janine Sprout; Lin Wilder; and Kimberly Wilkes. They will sell their books, meet readers, and sign autographs.

Todd Borg is the author of the Owen McKenna mystery series set around Lake Tahoe. His latest book “Tahoe Dark” was released in July. “Tahoe Dark” is the 14th book in the Owen McKenna Mystery Thriller series. Kirkus Reviews describes Owen McKenna as, “A hero who walks confidently in the footsteps of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Lew Archer.” Borg’s novels have received critical acclaim including the Best Mystery and Best Thriller awards from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Mike White has recently published new editions of his local hiking guides “Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno,” “Top Trails Lake Tahoe: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone,” and “Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada.” White has written articles for Sunset, Backpacker, and the Reno Gazette Journal. He teaches hiking and snowshoeing classes at Truckee Meadows Community College.

In her newest book, “Nevada Heartland,” Dr. Mary Ansari shares not only significant information about names and places, but also obscure facts or stories relating to the geographical and cultural names of Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey counties. Over a period of 30 years, Dr. Ansari has written five other books on west-central Nevada. She was a University of Nevada, Reno library faculty member for over 25 years and now resides in Incline Village.

Ken Beaton’s first book, “The Bulldog Brigade: A Slice of Bad Decisions, Bruises, Bumps, and Stitches,” is a memoir of his early years growing up in Massachusetts, and later as a Nevada educator and freelance writer. He is a member of the High Sierra Writers and a frequent contributor to the Nevada Appeal.

Tracy Clark is an award-winning author of young adult novels. She has written “The Light Key Trilogy” which includes “Scintillate,” “Deviate,” and “Illuminate.” Her latest teen psychological thriller is “Mirage.” She continues to write for teens while raising two of her own.

Tammy L. Grace is the author of the fiction series “The Hometown Harbor” set in the Washington state’s San Juan Islands. She also writes a mystery series set in Nashville, Tenn., featuring Cooper Harrington, Private Detective. Born and raised in Nevada, Grace and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

Sandie La Nae has written 15 books, most of which she labels as “historic-paranormal.” The first section of each contains the history of a particular building followed by a second section describing spirits that reside there.

Bill Morgan has written five works of fiction under the pen name Wade Morgan. His most popular title is “Six Days in Siberia,” based upon his first visit to that area. His latest book, “Morgan’s Tahoe” tells of unusual events that have occurred at Lake Tahoe. Morgan and his wife Carole reside in Alpine County.

Carson City author Mary Randall has written an adventure trilogy of books for children that includes “A Walk Through the Woods,” “Fire in the Tail,” and “Red River and the Tree of Enlightenment.” She was born in San Francisco and currently lives in Carson City.

Veteran travel writers Jerry and Janine Sprout have been exploring the American West for more than 20 years. They have hiked and photographed all the places featured in their book “The Alpine Sierra Trailblazer.” Hawaii, Paris and San Francisco are featured in other titles written by the couple.

Lin Wilder holds a doctorate of public health and has published numerous books related to the medical field. In 2005, she switched from writing nonfiction to fiction. Her series of medical thrillers takes place in Texas Medical Center where Wilder worked for more than 20 years. Her latest title is “A Price for Genius.”

Kimberly Wilkes and her husband Patrick, a professional photographer, produced “Eastern Sierra and Death Valley Camping With Privacy.” As part of their research they examined over 3,400 campsites to discover the most peaceful and private. Wilkes’ previous book “The Indestructible Relationship” won the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition’s award for best nonfiction eBook of 2012.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library. The library is located at 1625 Library Lane in Minden. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, visit, or call 782-9841.