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Nature talks at Lake Tahoe Community College

It’s an action-packed couple of days coming up at Lake Tahoe Community College. On Thursday, Oct. 20, join author and humorist Michael Branch as he discusses his book “Raising Wild” before returning to the LTCC campus on Friday, Oct. 21, for earth science instructor Scott Valentine’s discussion on “How Geology Shaped California.”

The Writers’ Series at LTCC welcomes Branch to the LTCC library at 8 p.m. on Thursday, where there will be a free reading, question-and-answer session and book signing. Branch, a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, has written over 200 essays, articles and reviews, in addition to hosting more than 250 public readings and lectures.

His book “Raising Wild” offers an exploration of the western high desert, which is described as a land of caliche and juniper where wildfires and snowstorms abound in equal measure. Branch encourages readers to challenge and transform their own ideas of nature through his book. LTCC’s Writers’ Series aims to provide a cultural outlet for the community.

Head to the Duke Theatre on Friday at 6 p.m. for Valentine’s discussion “How Geology Shaped California.” An earth science instructor at LTCC, Valentine welcomes the entire community to learn how earthquakes, volcanism and geologic riches shaped the Golden State and helped create the sixth largest economy.

Sixteen years ago, Valentine began his career in the Basin as a restoration hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service. Now the head of LTCC’s earth sciences department, he teaches a variety of classes including oceanography and the geology of National Parks. He is also a parks and recreation commissioner for the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Valentine’s talk comes to the college campus as part of LTCC Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series, which hosts faculty and academic experts to share their knowledge with the community.

Both events are free to attend and open to all ages. For more information on Branch’s discussion on “Raising Wild,” contact writers’ series coordinator Dr. Suzanne Roberts at For additional information on Valentine’s geology discussion, contact LTCC Foundation executive director Nancy Harrison at