Sierra Writers hosts ‘Sight Hound’ author Pam Houston |

Sierra Writers hosts ‘Sight Hound’ author Pam Houston

Nationally recognized author Pam Houston speaks in Nevada City on Wednesday, April 13, about “Writing the Natural World into Fiction” at the Madelyn Helling Library community room. The general meeting is at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

There is no charge for this event, which is hosted by Sierra Writers.

Pam Houston’s first novel, “Sight Hound,” was released by W.W. Norton in January and currently is in the top 10 on reading lists throughout the country. Houston is the director of Creative Writing at the University of California, Davis. She teaches at many summer writers’ conferences and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

One of her collections of linked short stories, “Cowboys Are My Weakness” (W. W. Norton), won the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages. Another, “Waltzing the Cat” (W. W. Norton), won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. Houston attracts a diverse audience to her stories, which are usually set in the outdoors.

Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. A collection of essays, “A Little More About Me,” was published by W.W. Norton in the fall of 1999.

She has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and on “CBS Sunday Morning” doing literary essays on the wilderness. She lives in Colorado at 9,000 feet above sea level, near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

The Madelyn Helling Library at 980 Helling Way is next to the Rood Administration Center, off Route 49, a half mile from the intersection of Routes 20 and 49 in Nevada City. Sierra Writers provides a venue for writers of all types to meet and learn about each other’s work and to share experience and expertise.

For questions about Sierra Writers, contact Chuck Jaffee at (530) 265-2982 or visit on the Web.

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