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Historian returns to Reno to sign, discuss new book on Pyramid Lake

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MergenCompF.inddWhat: Historian Bernard Mergan will sign and discuss At Pyramid Lake (University of Nevada Press, 2014).

When: Friday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

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

About the Book:
Pyramid Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Great Basin, is a desert oasis that was home to the Paiute for thousands of years before the arrival of explorer John C. Frémont in 1844. For them it was a spiritual center that provided life-sustaining resources, such as the cui-ui, a fish unique to the lake and now endangered. At Pyramid Lake is a cultural history of all who have been drawn to this unique natural wonder: ranchers and farmers, sport fishers and scientists, divorcees and movie stars, artists and poets, hucksters and mystics.

About the Author: 

Bernard Mergen, who grew up near the lake’s shores in the 1940s and returned frequently through the years, is professor emeritus of American studies at George Washington University. His publications include Weather Matters: An American Cultural History Since 1900 and Snow in America. He lives in Franklin, West Virginia.

MORE DETAILS:  Learn more at www.sundancebookstore.com.

This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.

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