William Kittredge

William Kittredge

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Great Basin Book Festival is taking a break in 2003. Organizers say they are “reconceptualizing” the festival concept.

But you don’t have to wait for the Nevada Humanities Committee to reconceive. An award-winning author will visit Reno on Monday. If you’ve enjoyed William Kittredge’s short stories and essays about life in the West, you may want to catch the author reading and discussing his work at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Monday.

Kittredge is the author of short story collections The Van Gogh Field and We Are Not in This Together. He’s also written several collections of non-fiction, such as Who Owns the West and Hole in the Sky. Kittredge’s honors include a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and two Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards for Excellence. He co-produced the movie A River Runs Through It and has published articles in Atlantic, Harper’s, Esquire, Time, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He co-edited the renowned anthology, The Last Best Place, a text tour of Montana’s rich literary heritage.

The Kittredge visit starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Alumni Room of the Jot Travis Student Union building on the UNR campus. It’s free. The event is sponsored by Tumblewords, the Hilliard Fund, UNR’s Literature and Environment Graduate Program and the ASUN Bookstore. Call 784-6597 for details.