Nevada Reads


Nevada Humanities Presents Author Julie Buntin
Nevada Reads Author Tours Northern Nevada in May


Nevada Humanities proudly welcomes author Julie Buntin at a series of events throughout Northern Nevada during the month of May.
Ms. Buntin is the author of Marlena: A Novel, which focuses on themes of belonging, poverty, coming-of-age, and the national opioid epidemic
Marlena is
the 2018 pick for Nevada Readsa statewide, public book club. 


The following events, which feature Ms. Buntin and Marlena: A Novel, will take place in Northern
Nevada. Some events are part of Nevada Humanities’ Pop-Up Salon and The Salon series that feature a
panel discussion with topics relevant to the humanities in Nevada and include audience discussion and
light refreshments. All events are free and open to all. 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018
12 -1 pm
Julie Buntin in Conversation
Brown-bag lunch talk
Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records
100 N. Stewart Street, Carson City
775-684- 3360


Tuesday, May 15, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Julie Buntin in Conversation
Douglas County Public Library
1625 Library Lane, Minden
775-782- 9841


Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Pop-Up Salon: Nevada Reads with Julie Buntin
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Great Basin College Library, McMullen Hall
1500 College Parkway, Elko
775-738- 8493


Moderated by journalist Lori Gilbert, the evening will feature a conversation with author Julie Buntin, as
she discusses her first novel, Marlena, which focuses on themes of belonging, poverty, coming-of- age,
and the national opioid epidemic. The evening includes a Q + A and book signing following the Pop-Up


Friday, May 18, 2018
The Salon: Nevada Reads with Julie Buntin
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave, Reno
775-786- 1188


Moderated by Dr. Katherine Fusco, assistant professor in the English department at the University of
Nevada, Reno, the evening will feature a conversation with author Julie Buntin. Ms. Buntin will discuss
her first novel, Marlena, focusing on themes of belonging, poverty, coming-of- age, and the national
opioid epidemic.

In addition to these public events, Julie Buntin will visit several high schools to discuss her work and writing process. 

Julie Buntin grew up in northern Michigan. Her debut novel, Marlena: A Novel, was a finalist for the

National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, longlisted for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize,
and named a best book of 2017 by over thirteen venues, including The Washington Post,
NPR, and Kirkus Reviews. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Vogue, The New York Times Book
Review, Guernica, and other publications. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the Director
of Writing Programs at Catapult.




Love a good read? Nevada Reads—a new conversational book club from Nevada Humanities—has not one but two excellent selections for the top of your 2018 “must read” list.


Marlena: A Novel by Julie Buntin


Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones


Nevada Reads is a new statewide book club that invites Nevadans to read selected works of literature and come together in their communities to share the ideas and perceptions inspired by the books they have read. Nevada Reads offers avenues for safe discussion of topics of importance to Nevadans.


Get involved! All across Nevada in 2018 you will have the opportunity to join in Nevada Reads book clubs, discussion groups, and/or community partnership-led events that focus conversation around these two books. 


Don’t miss out! Pick up a copy of these books, and watch this space for all details about upcoming Nevada Reads opportunities near you. Join in the statewide Nevada Reads conversation today!