Author coming to Tahoe discuss new book about Virginia City |

Author coming to Tahoe discuss new book about Virginia City

Nicholas Clapp will present next week at the Incline library.
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Travel through time and the “Devil’s Gate” with the new book from acclaimed author and filmmaker Nicholas Clapp.

“Virginia City: To Dance with the Devil” was published by Sunbelt Publications in January 2016 and continues to gain recognition as the ever-popular speaker, Nicholas Clapp, visits audiences across the state, inviting readers to share the origins of infamy in the beloved weekend destination of Virginia City.

The book is billed as “an amazing account of the history of Virginia City, told through colorful stories, amusing anecdotes, and over 300 images,” according to a press statement.

“It recollects a penniless Irish miner, who in a few short years amassed a fortune greater than any of America’s robber barons, simply by dint of hard work and intuition,” the statement reads. “It depicts to-be-famous writer Mark Twain discovering and honing his comic voice, and notorious ‘badman’ Sam Brown lined with lead, with a coroner’s jury concluding, ‘It served him right.’”

The book, “remembers the Virginia City mines, where men plunged into the scalding, hazardous heart of the earth, tantamount to partnering with hell’s dread demon, so that they could enjoy five Shakespeare companies performing at once, food rivaling Delmonico’s in New York, and frocks ordered directly from Paris to be worn in the barren, windswept, middle of nowhere.”

Rounding out the description, “The twenty turbulent Bonanza years of Virginia City are celebrated in this book by a man renowned for his keen ability to conjure a vivid story from abstract history.”

Clapp — aocumentary filmmaker and award-winning author — is discussing his book during presentations throughout May across Nevada.

Locally, Clapp will present at the Incline Village Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19.

To learn more, visit You can also read more about Clapp on Wikipedia, or visit to search for “Virginia City: To Dance with the Devil.”

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