Two authors to speak at LTCC |

Two authors to speak at LTCC

Tribune staff report

The Lake Tahoe Community College Writers’ Series presents an evening with novelist and short story writer Pam Houston at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at 8 p.m. in the LTCC Library. Houston will read selections from her works, take questions from the audience, and sign copies of her books, which will be available for sale. This is a free event, open to the public.

Houston’s most recent novel, “Contents May Have Shifted,” was published in 2012. Houston also is the author of two collections of linked short stories, “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Waltzing the Cat,” the novel Sight Hound, and a collection of essays entitled” A Little More About Me,” all published by W.W. Norton. Her stories have been selected for Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards.

This event is sponsored by the LTCC Writers’ Series and Poets & Writers, Inc., through a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. For more information, contact LTCC Writers’ Series coordinator Suzanne Roberts at For more information about the featured speaker, visit her blog at


Historian, educator, lifelong Sierra Nevada resident and author Gary Noy comes to Lake Tahoe Community College at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the Board Room (inside the library building). Mr. Noy will read from his new book, “Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues,” answer audience questions, and sign copies of his book. This is a free event, and all are welcome to join in the fun.

Noy taught history at Sierra College from 1987 until 2007. He is the founder and director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies, and coordinator of the Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum. In addition to Sierra Stories, Noy also wrote the best-selling book “Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West” (University of Nebraska Press, 1999).

“I had hundreds and hundreds of stories to choose from but I could only include a few dozen in the book,” Noy said. “So, I set out to select tales that exemplified important themes of Sierra Nevada history. There are stories of adventure, resilience, personal reinvention, hope, heartbreak, quirkiness, courage, artistry, innovation, vision, wonderment, love of place, and, sadly, tales of hatred and prejudice.”

This literary event is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe Historical Society and the Lake Tahoe Community College Library. For more information, contact Library Director Lisa Foley at 530-541-4660 ext. 233, or at For more information about Gary Noy, visit his website at

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