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Sierra College Press to Launch New Book, Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck

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book coverSierra College Press announces that it will launch its latest publication, entitled Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck on the Rocklin Campus at 7:30 PM on Friday, May 12, 2017.

As part of the Sierra College Natural History Museum Lecture Series, the Book Launch will feature an illustrated lecture by author Gary Noy on stories of Gold Rush history, with a special focus on the tumultuous relationship between the California Gold Rush and the California Grizzly Bear. The program will also have short remarks from Joe Medeiros, Editor-in-Chief of Sierra College Press; Steve Wasserman, publisher of Heyday Books; and Gary Kurutz, Director of Special Collections and Principal Librarian emeritus of the California State Library.

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served at 6 PM and doors will open at 6:30 PM. The program will begin at 7:30 PM. The Book Launch for Gold Rush Stories will take place in room S111, Sewell Hall, Sierra College, 5100 Sierra College Blvd, Rocklin. Admission donation is $5 General Public / $2 Students and Seniors/ Free for Museum members. Parking on campus is free after 5 PM on Fridays.

Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck presents stories of the California Gold Rush – tales of triumph and tribulation, mirth and melancholy, struggle and serendipity – that explore this complicated and endlessly fascinating moment in time. The book features 49 stories of the Gold Rush focusing on aspects of this seminal event in world history. These stories include motivations, life in the diggings, transportation, violence, gambling, mining techniques, intriguing individuals, race relations, early government and law, grizzly bears, floods, fire and much more. These tales are told with an emphasis on the words of the participants, some of which have never been published previously.

The author of Gold Rush Stories is Gary Noy, a Sierra Nevada native and long-time history instructor at Sierra College. Gary is also the author of Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska, 1999) and co-editor, with Rick Heide, of The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday Books, Sierra College Press and Santa Clara University, 2010). In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Gary as “Educator of the Year.” In 2016, Gary’s book Sierra Stories: Tale of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues won the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Gold Rush Stories is co-published by Heyday Books of Berkeley and the Sierra College Press.

For more information about Gold Rush Stories and upcoming book signings and events, visit the Heyday Books website at www.heydaybooks.com or the Sierra College Press at www.sierracollege.edu/press.

For more information about Sierra College Press, contact Joe Medeiros at jmedeiros@sierracollege.edu or call 916-660-8250.

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