J.S. Holliday to visit Nevada City
Noted historian and author J.S. Holliday will talk about “Failure Be Damned! The Origins of California’s Risk-taking Culture” Sept. 30 at the Nevada County Library’s “Author Night.”
Holliday is author of “The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience” and “Rush For Riches: Gold Fever And The Making Of California.” Both books received rave reviews from publications such as The San Francisco Chronicle, The London Sunday Times and The New York Times. The Los Angeles Times selected “Rush For Riches” as one of “The Best Books of 2000” and The Chronicle stated, “‘Rush For Riches’ is monumental. It is a book to pass on to your children.”
Appearing frequently in the PBS television series “The West” and on C-Span’s Book-TV, Holliday has spoken at prestigious venues, including the Huntington Library, the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and The Library of Congress.
“New technologies, risk-taking investors, freedoms from inhibiting traditions (even the stigma of failure): that image of entrepreneurial exuberance became an alluring dimension of California’s worldwide fame long before the Silicon Valley and the dot.com bubble demanded attention,” Holliday proposed. “California’s economic and social freedoms have nurtured a risk-taking culture that in turn has sustained the Golden State’s persistent attraction and its phoenix-like economic vitality. Hence the sobriquet: America, Only More So.”
The Sept. 30 program opens with Rick Toles portraying “Alkali, The Last of the 49ers” through song and story, followed by local historian Bob Wyckoff talking briefly about his book, “Never Come, Never Go! The Story Of Nevada County’s Narrow Gauge Railroad,” recently reprinted in a second edition.
The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Eric Rood Administrative Center’s Board Chambers off of Highway 49 in Nevada City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the County of Nevada and The Friends of the Nevada County Libraries. The latter will provide free refreshments and a used book sale table. The authors will sell their books.
Call 265-7050 for more information.
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