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Sierra College Press author Scott Lankford to lecture on his book

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Scott Lankford, author of Tahoe beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake, co-published by the Sierra College Press, will lecture on Lake Tahoe for the Sierra College Friends of the Library on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The lecture will be in the Boardroom (Room LR-133A, first floor of the Rocklin Campus Library) on the Sierra College-Rocklin Campus at 7 PM. Sierra College is located at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. The public is invited and a general admission donation of $5 is suggested. Seniors are $2 and Students are admitted free. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. The doors will open at 6:30 PM. All proceeds benefit the programs of the Sierra College Friends of the Library. Parking permits are required on the Sierra College campus and may be purchased for $2 at campus parking permit dispensers. Books will be available for purchase.

Tahoe beneath the Surface: The Hidden Stories of America’s Largest Mountain Lake was written by Scott Lankford, Professor of English at Foothill College. The book was released in October 2010, and is co-published by Heyday Books of Berkeley and Sierra College Press.

Tahoe beneath the Surface is the second trade publication of the Sierra College Press, which was founded in 2002 to publish Standing Guard: Telling Our Stories, the award-winning examination of Japanese American internment during World War II. In 2010, the Sierra College Press published The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology.

Lake Tahoe transformed America, and not just once but many times over—from the earliest Ice Age civilizations to the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe. It even played a hidden role in the American conquest of California, the launch of the Republican Party, and the birth of John Steinbeck's first novel. Along the way, Lake Tahoe found the time to invent the ski industry, spark the sexual revolution, and win countless Academy Awards.

Tahoe beneath the Surface brings this hidden history of America's largest mountain lake to life through the stories of its most celebrated residents and visitors over the last ten thousand years. It mixes local Washoe Indian legends with tales of murderous Mafia dons, and Rat Pack tunes with Steinbeck novels. It establishes Tahoe as one of America's literary hot spots by tracing the steps of more than a dozen authors including Bertrand Russell, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Michael Ondaatje. Tahoe beneath the Surface reveals how the lake transformed the lives of conservationists like John Muir, humorists like Mark Twain, and Hollywood icons like Frank Sinatra. It even touches upon some of the darker aspects of American history, including anti-Chinese racism and the Kennedy assassination.

Raised in Colorado, Scott Lankford got lost en route to Stanford University and spent much of the next ten years as a maintenance man, musician, and mountaineering guide at Lake Tahoe. After joining the 1985 American Everest West Ridge Expedition, he completed a Ph.D. in modern thought and literature with a dissertation on John Muir. Currently a professor of English at Foothill College, in California’s Silicon Valley, he has also served as Foothill’s Dean of Language Arts and Co-Director of the Foothill College Cultural Diversity Center.

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