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Prolific Nevada author and publisher David Toll dies at 85
Constructed and launched in 1996

His own Man: Nevada Legislature learned to work with a black senator

By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 2-21-2019 / Review of "The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal's lifelong fight for social justice"
Clarification about the review: In 2003, Sen. Neal won passage of an increase in Nevada's gambling tax on the state's largest, most profitable casinos.
It has not risen since he retired in 2004.
Senator Neal and author John L. Smith will autograph copies on March 27, 2019
at César Chávez XVII at the Grand Sierra-Reno.

Hot off the press: "The Westside Slugger"
The life and times biography of Joseph M. Neal, Jr.

Nevada's first African-American senator

By Nevada Press Association Hall of Famer John L. Smith
Published in January 2019 by the University of Nevada Press

Senator Joseph M. Neal, Jr. (1935-2020)

The Silver State's history is rich and varied. We welcome the listing of work by Nevada writers and artists or about the High Desert Outback of the American Dream. Please send URLs and any other pertinent information, especially regarding new releases.

Thanks for visiting, and tell a friend — AB


CRAPS AND THE SHOWGIRL: A personal memoir by former world-class showgirl and Harolds Club-Reno casino dealer Barbara Riif Davis.

MURDER MOST FOUL. Piercing the Lion Heart, play-by-play of the 1979 murder of Reno PD officer James Hoff / from lawyers Andy Boles and Ron Hutcherson.

Addiction and Other Love Stories
A book of short stories by Laura Newman

Brushstrokes and Balladeers
Range Magazine editor/publisher CJ Hadley "leaves out the expressive photography that has graced her past productions and zeroes in on cowboy poetry and western art."
Susan Skorupa / Reno Gazette-Journal / 11-20-2013

Back to the Summit by Sen. Omer Rains

Portraits of Change by Mary White Stewart

Carson City horror/modern fantasy/crime novelist Kaine Andrews
Woken released in April, 2013

Pipeline pigs, oily vultures and flying swine
New Greg Palast book brings the outrage home
Barbano by Barbano / Expanded from the 12-18-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune

Loss of Faith
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 10-16-2011 Daily Sparks Tribune
"Casino Women" book hits nationwide

Larry Evans:
The most interesting man in the world

ALSO: Newspapers and old newspapermen never die
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 11-21-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Peggy Drakulich Leon's second book: A Theory of All Things

From The Permanent Press — Peggy Leon's richly embroidered "Mother Country," set in a fictionalized Ely, Nevada, during its copper mining heyday.

Mrs. Leon is the daughter of Silver State legend Steve Drakulich.

The art and photography of former Nevada radio personality Phil Harvey

Matt O'Brien throws a party to celebrate his new book
Updated 5-8-2007

Hey, everyone. My book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, is back from the printer — yeah, I know, about time — and we've scheduled a launch party. It will be from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. (PST) June 1 at the Arts Factory in downtown Las Vegas. (The Wynn resort rejected our repeated offers.)

I would like to invite all close friends and family — actually, anyone who may vaguely recall my name — to join me and everyone else who worked on this book in celebration. Then we will head off into the neon-lit night and gamble and drink our asses off. Seriously, there's a lot going on that weekend: the First Friday arts festival, the NBA playoffs, etc.

Those looking to save money can sleep on my couch, my floor or stay with some of my friends. I'm also willing to shuttle people from and to the airport and around town. (Editor's note: You may e-mail Matt for hotel recommendations.)

I'd love to have everyone out here for a good time, but there's no obligation. I also hope to have a book signing in Atlanta this summer.

If you all have any questions, let me know.

Matt O'Brien
His space at MySpace:

From the jacket blurb

Notes from the Vegas Underground

The catacombs of ancient Rome served as houses of worship for Jews and Christians. The sewers of Paris yielded gold, jewels, and relics of the revolution. A slave trade thrived in underground chambers along Portland, Oregon's, waterfront. And thousands of street people lived in the subway tunnels of New York City.

What secrets do the Las Vegas storm drains keep? What discoveries wait in the dark? What's beneath the neon?

Armed with a flashlight, tape recorder, and expandable baton, CityLife writer-editor Matthew O'Brien explored the Las Vegas flood-control system for more than four years.

Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas chronicles O'Brien's adventures in subterranean Vegas. He follows the footsteps of a psycho killer. He parties with naked crackheads. He learns how to make meth, that art is most beautiful where it's least expected, and that there are no pots of gold under the neon rainbow.

Is he printing pictures of the naked crackheads?
Skin should help sales, especially when flogged by O'Brien's expandable baton.


Mapmaker, mapmaker: Veteran Comstock publishers produce insiders map of the Silver State
The Nevada Adventure Map leads vacationers around the state,
hitting both hot spots and lesser-known places.

Stark raving
Ryan Stark has just unleashed Slander House, an indie book label
set out to document the works of talented Reno writers.

Journals fill the desert with words
A handful of literary journals and books devoted to local and regional literary arts entice readers and give writers of poetry, short stories and essays places to get their words out. Some also offer space to photographers and artists. The journals provide important clues to a community or region's personality, say those who produce them.

Sparks turns 100 and Las Vegas steps on the Rail City's line
New books honor and recall their history

Editor's note: Sparks was incorporated in 1905, Las Vegas in 1911, but Mayor Oscar Goodman wanted a centennial on his watch, so he decided to celebrate the railroad's auction of land in what became downtown Gomorrah South. The above article from the 5-10-2005 Reno Kazoo-Journal fails to note the distinction. Because Vegas is Vegas, several "centennial books" have been published, while Sparks had to print its own. See the oldest photo of Sparks published in conjunction with the centennial right here.

KUDO CITY. Las Vegas writer Chris Haraway wins third place money in a short story contest. Congratulations and nice work. Click here to read the not at all flowery "Helmut and Marigold".

NEW — YOU'RE NOT PARANOID IF THEY'RE REALLY UP THERE. Brazilian Publisher Editora Aleph announces release of a Portuguese translation of Reno author Jerry E. Smith's "Armas Eletromagnéticas" (Electromagnetic Weapons), an in-depth investigation into U.S. military's controversial High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP).

Washoe Seasons of Life: A Native American Story
When a picture book couldn't be found, they wrote their own
Reno Gazette-Journal 4-29-2004

The Strawberry Mountain War by Reno writer David P. Fisher

Celesta Lowe, former writer for R-J, dies at 87
Longtime Nevadan's magazine articles became basis for 'Death Valley Days' episodes

Former Nevada State Treasurer Patricia Cafferata's history of "The Goldfield Hotel: Gem of the Desert" reviewed by Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith

Las Vegas crime and punishment author Cathy Scott's profile of Nevada writer Brian Rouff

"The Red Scare in Nevada, 1919-1920" by Ted DeCorte of Las Vegas

From The Permanent Press — Peggy Leon's richly embroidered "Mother Country," set in a fictionalized Ely, Nevada, during its copper mining heyday. Mrs. Leon is the daughter of Silver State legend Steve Drakulich.

Books by the Bard of Las Vegas Blvd., John L. Smith

Excerpts from John L. Smith's "Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas"
      Mob Mouthpiece
      Mr. Mayor

 John L. Smith reviews three Nevada books

Cathy Scott, author of "Murder of a Mafia Daughter" and books on the Ted Binion and Tupac Shakur homicides.

John L. Smith — The only justice (Mafia Daughter) Susan Berman may know is Cathy Scott's book.

Las Vegas Mercury 2003 Book Festival Edition

Reno News & Review 2003 Short Fiction Edition

 Inside the Glitter — the hard lives of hotel-casino  workers, photos & interviews by Kit Miller

The Money & the Power — The Making of Las Vegas  and its hold on America, 1947-2002
 by Sally Denton &  Roger Morris

 Nevada — a gorgeous coffee table-size pictorial with essays by Jon Christensen, photos by Deon & Trish  Reynolds

 Saints In Babylon, a history of Mormons In southern  Nevada by Kenric F. Ward

 This Was Nevada, Vol. II — The Comstock Lode
 by Phillip I. Earl

War of the Aeronauts, A History of  Ballooning in the Civil War by Charles M. Evans


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