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Virginia Avenue Press announces publication of first novel



The northern Nevada literary community just received a significant boost with the creation of a new publishing house that will focus on Nevada and western-related authors and subjects. Virginia Avenue Press, named after the Tom Waits song that erroneously identifies a major thoroughfare through Reno, announced today that it is set to publish its first novel in July.

The first book to be published under the Virginia Avenue Press name is Gambler’s Quartet, a novel by local author Brad Summerhill. Described as “the city of free will,” Reno is the setting for a tale that takes readers on a brief, dark journey into the lives of characters struggling to be more than they are.

Summerhill, a writer and professor of English Literature at Truckee Meadows College, has been previously published in literary journals and newspapers. Gambler’s Quartet, his first published novel, will be available to the public through a series of book launches beginning July 21. The July 21 launch will be held at Sundance Books, and the July 22 launch will be at the Sierra Tap House.

Virginia Avenue Press was formed with the intent of providing an additional outlet for aspiring and published authors alike that draw from western and Nevada culture. The publishing house has three additional books scheduled to be released this year.

The next two books are about Johnny Cash’s famous line about the city, I Shot a Man in Reno… and … Just to Watch Him Die by Caleb Cage. I Shot a Man in Reno… is a non-fiction look at how the lyric shaped the image and culture of Reno, while … Just to Watch Him Die showcases well-known Nevada authors who have interpreted this line in short stories of fiction. These books are scheduled to be released August 12.

Gambler’s Quartet will be available locally and online at Amazon.com and will retail for $12. For more information on Virginia Avenue Press or this novel, please call (775) 338-9151.

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