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Claire Vaye Watkins

Saturday, November 9, 5-7pm

Reading of Award Winning Fiction by Michigan Writer

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the short story collection Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, Pushcart Prize XLIII and many others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Lannan Foundation Fellow, one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” and one of Granta’s “Best Young American Novelists.”

“The prose in GOLD FAME CITRUS is stunningly beautiful … Watkins writes with a brutal kind of beauty, and even in the book’s darkest moments, it’s impossible to turn away. It’s an urgent, frequently merciless book, as unrelenting as it is brilliant.”

– Los Angeles Times

Saturday, November 9, 5-7pm

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

Tickets
Free to the Public

Oats Park Art Center
151 East Park Street · Fallon, Nev. 89406
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For More Information
Call 775-423-1440

Artist’s Website
www.clairevayewatkins.com

National Endowment for the Arts City of Fallon Nevada Arts Council Nevada Division of Tourism WESTAF

Lahontan Valley News Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust System Consultants Great Basin Brewing Co.

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 John Ben Snow Memorial Trust; the Bretzlaff Foundation; Churchill County; Systems Consultants; the Nevada Commission on Tourism; Berney Realty; CC Communications; and Holiday Inn Express.

Additional support has also been provided by The Depot / Widmer & Mills, CPAs; Mackedon-Law, PC; Fallon Nugget / Bonanza Inn & Casino / Fernley Nugget; the Southwest Gas Foundation; 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 Ellis Dyson & the Shambles and Rupa & the April Fishes are presented in cooperation with the Mayor, City Council and City of Fallon. Additional support for the performances and conversations by the Selwyn Birchwood Band and Quiana Lynell has been provided by TourWest, a program of the Western States Arts Federation. Underwriting support for the performances by Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands; the Selwyn Birchwood Band; and Quiana Lynell has been provided by Speedway Market. The readings and outreach activities by authors Claire Vaye Watkins and Robert Leonard Reid are presented in cooperation with the Churchill Library Association.

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