Game changers

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

In this week’s cover story, I’m pleased to present “The Franklin Avenue Rookery for Wayward Babies,” a new short story by local author Laura Newman. Regular RN&R readers might recognize her as the name to beat in our annual 95-word fiction contest. It’s exciting to premiere such a beautiful story, especially since we so rarely publish fiction.

(Of course, our detractors will probably tell you that 90 percent of what we publish is fiction—“fake news.”)

Also in this week’s issue, our beloved troll Bob Grimm takes on Game of Thrones, a TV show he thinks is grossly overrated.

He’s wrong, of course. I love Game of Thrones. Arya Stark is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. (And I felt that way since long before this season.) Mild spoiler alert: One thing I love about her is that she never stops learning. If you think back to her character arc over the last decade, she manages to learn something from almost every person she encounters: her father, her brothers, Syrio Forel, Yoren, Gendry, Jaqen H’ghar, Tywin Lannister, the Hound, Brienne of Tarth … and on and on. And—MAJOR SPOILER ALERT ’TIL THE END OF THIS PARAGRAPH—that thirst for knowledge eventually empowers her with the skills to defeat death.

One last note: Round One voting has begun for Best of Northern Nevada 2019! Time to nominate your favorite people, places and things from around the region. Head over to and get to it.