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Willy Vlautin

Saturday, March 23, 5-7pm

Reading of Award Winning Fiction by Oregon Writer

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published five novels: The Motel Life (2007), Northline (2008), Lean on Pete (2010), The Free (2014), and Don’t Skip Out on Me (2018).

Published in the US, several European and Asian countries, Vlautin’s first book, The Motel Life was well received. It was an editor’s choice in The New York Times Book Review and named one of the top 25 books of the year by The Washington Post.

His second, Northline was also critically hailed, and Vlautin was declared an important new American literary realist. Famed writer George Pelecanos stated that Northline was his favorite book of the decade. The first edition of this novel came with an original instrumental soundtrack performed by Vlautin and longtime bandmate Paul Brainard.

Vlautin’s third novel, Lean on Pete, is the story of a 15-year-old boy who works and lives on a rundown race track in Portland, Oregon and befriends a failed race horse named Lean on Pete. The novel won two Oregon Book Awards: the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Peoples Choice Award.

As a novelist, Vlautin has cited writers such as John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver, Barry Gifford, and William Kennedy as influences. His writing is highly evocative of the American West, and his books explore the circumstances and relationships of people near the bottom of America’s social and economic spectrum. He received the Silver Pen Award from the University of Nevada, Reno Friends of the University Library in 2007 and was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2016.

Saturday, March 23, 5-7pm

Art Bar & Galleries Open at 5pm
Literary Reading at 5:30pm

Free to the Public

Oats Park Art Center
151 East Park Street · Fallon, Nev. 89406
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Thank You Sponsors & Partners

Churchill Arts Council programs and activities are sponsored, in part, by: the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Fallon; the Nevada Arts Council; Lahontan Valley News; the Fallon Convention & Tourism Authority; the E. L. Cord Foundation; the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation; the Nevada Commission on Tourism; the Bretzlaff Foundation; Churchill County; Berney Realty; Systems Consultants; CC Communications; and Holiday Inn Express.

Exclusive sponsorship for the Michelle Osman exhibition I Saw Above Me That Endless Skyway has been provided by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

Additional support has also been provided by The Depot/Widmer & Mills, CPAs; Mackedon-Law, PC; Fallon Nugget/Bonanza Inn & Casino/Fernley Nugget; and the Cousie C. Nelson Endowment. The Churchill Arts Council proudly pours Great Basin Brewing Company’s Icky IPA and Outlaw Oatmeal Stout at all its events.

The free performances by Tris Munsick & the Innocents and Rocky Dawuni are presented in cooperation with the Mayor, City Council and City of Fallon. Additional support for the performances and conversations by Las Cafeteras and Sō Percussion has been provided by TourWest, a program of the Western States Arts Federation. Additional support for the performances and conversations by Tris Munsick & the Innocents and Kugelplex has been provided by IMTour, a program of the Western States Arts Federation.

Additional support for the performance by Bill Frisell has been provided by Don Sefton/Systems Consultants; Joe Serpa; and Cliff & Lorri Van Woert.

The performances of Kugelplex, Sammy Miller & the Congregation, and Gina Chavez & Band have been underwritten by Speedway Market.

Additional support for the literary reading by Willy Vlautin has been provided by the Churchill Library Association.

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