Readers’ Corner: Sept. 10, 2008 |

Readers’ Corner: Sept. 10, 2008

If you’re a history buff, you might want to attend a special lecture on “Nevada County in the golden 1850s” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Sierra College Nevada County campus.

Maria Brower (pictured above), a local historian and author, will make the presentation using anecdotes and historic images in Room L101 of the Learning Resource Center.

The lecture, which is being sponsored by the Sierra College Friends of the Library, is open to the public and a donation of $5 is suggested. Students may come for free.

A Nevada County resident of 28 years, Brower is the author of two books, “Nevada City” and “Gold Rush Towns of Nevada County,” published by Arcadia Publishing.

Before retiring in 2006, Brower was the manager of the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research in Nevada City. She was awarded the “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2006 by the Nevada County Historical Society. Brower also founded the Nevada County Genealogical Society in 1989.

For more information, call the Sierra College Friends of the Library at 916-781-0565.

Poet from New Mexico comes to Nevada City

John Brandi, a New Mexico-based poet, will read poems from his latest collection “Facing high water” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center in Nevada City.

Admission to the event costs $5 for members of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center and $6 for nonmembers.

In addition to being a poet, Brandi is writer and artist. He’s written 38 books of poetry and nonfiction. He’s received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and two awards from the Witter Bynner Foundation.

For more information, call the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center at 265-2826.

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