In 1872, Mark Twain published Roughing It, a memoir of his travels through the Wild West, including the Nevada Territory. More than 140 years later, we finally get an update on the still (mostly) untamed land and its people. The 10 short stories in Battleborn (Riverhead, $26)—the debut collection by Pahrump-raised author Claire Vaye Watkins—give dimension to characters that the rest of the world sees only as stereotypes, if it sees them at all. In turn, the world has taken notice. The 28-year-old has already won two awards (Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and the Story Prize) and garnered accolades from national media (Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker have taken notice). Best of all, the assistant professor at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania is at the beginning of her career, so we have a lot to look forward to. Upcoming projects include a novel about water shortages in the Southwest and a free creative writing camp for Pahrump teens called the Mojave School.
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.