Writers’ Wednesdays – June 14, 2017

Writers’ Wednesdays

June 14, 2017
5:00 – 5:30 pm Book signing
5:30 pm Lecture

Our guest speaker is  author Peter Mires.  His lecture is called Lake Tahoe’s Rustic Architecture.

Lake Tahoe is the gem of the Sierra Nevada. Those who visit this beautiful “Lake of the Sky” may share Mark Twain’s impression of the place as he camped on its shore in 1861: “As it lay there with the shadows of the mountains brilliantly photographed upon its still surface I thought it must surely be the fairest picture the whole earth affords.” Twain’s quote, from Roughing It, includes the trinity of Tahoe’s landscape—sky, mountains, and lake—that people still find inspiring. This explains, in large part, why the man-made environment around the lake is predominantly rustic, a style of architecture noted for its compatibility with its surroundings through the use of natural materials in construction—logs, stone, and wooden shingle—along with muted shades of green and brown. Through its homes, resorts, and other assorted buildings, Lake Tahoe remains “the fairest picture.”

Mires will discuss his book and his research in this month’s Writers’ Wednesday Lecture hosted by the Nevada Historical Society in Reno on Wednesday, June 14. The event includes a book signing from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and lecture starting at 5:30.

The Writers’ Wednesdays Lecture Series is held the second Wednesday of each month. The intent of the program is to highlight writers that specifically focus on Nevada, the Great Basin or the West in general. The authors talk about the content of their books, but also share details about the creative process.

The program is $5 for adults and free for Historical Society members and children 17 and younger.