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Sun Valley Elementary alum Tupelo Hassman presents debut novel at Sundance Books and Music



What: Sun Valley Elementary School alum Tupelo Hassman returns to Reno Saturday, March 3, to present her debut novel GIRLCHILD (Farrar, Straus and Giroux.) Hassman will give a reading followed by Q&A and book signing.

Where: Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

When: Saturday, March 3, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

About the Book: “Tupelo Hassman’s debut novel stars Rory, a resilient-if-ragged life force raised in a Reno trailer park who adopts a tattered copy of The Girl Scout Handbook as her Bible. Rory endures sexual abuse, the death of loved ones and everyday invisibility — all without playing for our sympathy.”  – Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio

About the Author: Tupelo Hassman describes herself as a girl without a hometown but when asked where she grew up she has two answers: Sun Valley, Nev., and Los Angeles, Calif. She lived in Sun Valley from the age of 4 until she was 12, attending Sun Valley Elementary School. She lived in L.A. in her twenties (and describes herself as vagabond wastrel during the years in-between). After a bit of sleuthing, we discovered a headline from a 1982 copy of the Reno Gazette-Journal that features Tupelo, age 9, accepting a trophy for reading over 70 books in one month and raising over $5,000 toward finding a cure for multiple sclerosis. “I loved reading,” said Hassman, reflecting on the competition. “Books were my ticket out of a lonely and dangerous environment.”

Hassman’s work has been published in Paper Street Press, The Portland Review Literary Journal, Tantalum, We Still Like and ZYZZYVA and by 100WordStory.org and FiveChapters.com. She is a contributing author to Invisible City Audio Tours and is curating its fourth tour, The Landmark Revelation Society. Her first novel, GIRLCHILD, was published in February 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and she will be filming GIRLCHILD’s book tour for a short documentary, Hardbound: A Novel’s Life on the Road. Visit her website at www.tupelohassman.com

Since opening its doors in 1985, Sundance Books and Music has been dedicated to the service of books and book lovers. As a local, independent bookstore, Sundance is committed to strengthening and contributing to both our local and global communities.

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