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Local author to tell tales of colorful Old West women

Chris Enss, local author of all things of the Old West, is telling some tales tonight about women entertainers, gamblers, doctors and a whole passel of folks who settled the West, especially the gold country of the foothills.

Enss’ work is historical nonfiction, so it’s even more fun learning about these characters, knowing that they actually lived. Most of her close to 20 books are about women of the 19th Century, some obscure and forgotten and some, like Calamity Jane, who lives on in legend.

“The Lady Was a Gambler: True Stories of Notorious Women of the Old West,” tells about colorful, independent females, some whom got rich as they learned to play poker in a man’s world.

Enss’ presentation, from 7- 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Madelyn Helling Library on Helling Way, Nevada City, is in honor of March, National Women’s History Month. It’s free, includes refreshments and is sponsored by Friends of the Nevada County Libraries.

Call (530) 265-1407 for more information.

Go online at http://www.chrisenss.com for a complete listing of her books.

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