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Bona Fide Books launches at college

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Bona Fide Books will launch its first publication, “Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks, Volume 1: The West” with a reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Tahoe Community College.

The reading will feature local essayists Joseph Flannery and Janet Smith, whose work appears in the collection. This event is free and open to the public.

Tahoe City’s Flannery wrote of his encounters with grizzly bears while working in Yellowstone, while South Lake Tahoe’s Smith detailed leaving home after high school for life in Yosemite Valley.

“The stories in this collection are incredible,” says Kim Wyatt, owner and publisher of Bona Fide Books, who started the small press in 2009. “We received over 200 submissions, and it was tough to keep it to 20. Something about living in nature makes great storytellers, and these writers should be widely read.”

“Permanent Vacation” is available at Bona Fide Books, Amazon, some bookstores, and at, a website set up to allow park workers to share their stories that will go live May 4. Readers can also go there to find out more about their favorite “Permanent Vacation” contributors, who will be updating the site over the summer with video and photos of hikes, climbs, and river trips.

Although “Permanent Vacation” is Bona Fide’s inaugural effort, the Meyers-based press has two books coming out later this year. “Mud Cakes,” the winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize will be released in October, and “Tahoe Blues,” a collection of flash fiction and micro essays about life at the lake will debut before Christmas.

For more information, contact Kim Wyatt at or visit the website at

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