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Pulitzer-winning ‘Snow Fall’ journalist coming to North Tahoe

John Branch will lead a free discussion this Friday in Incline Village.
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What: Pop-Up Salon: An Evening with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist John Branch

When: 6 p.m. Friday, March 25

Where: Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village

Learn more: nevadahumanities.org

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Nevada Humanities takes its popular Salon program “on the road” with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist John Branch for a special Pop-Up Salon event at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Incline Village Library.

Branch will lead an interactive discussion about sports and adventure journalism, followed by conversation and refreshments.

This is the first event in the Nevada Humanities “Campfire Gatherings: A Year of Pulitzer Prize Explorations in Nevada” program, bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, poets and journalists to the Silver State for public programs around the state that focus on a variety of topics.



Additional events will be announced throughout the year.

Since 2005, Branch has covered a broad range of sports-related stories on professional football, high school basketball, professional rodeo, and the importance of running to the Hopi culture.



Branch was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his engaging story “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” a story the Pulitzer Prize board called an “evocative narrative about skiers killed in an avalanche and the science that explains such disasters, a project enhanced by its deft integration of multimedia elements.”

Branch’s 2011 New York Times series, “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer,” about Derek Boogaard was adapted into the book “Boy On Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard,” which won the 2015 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting.

“We are thrilled to invite Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist John Branch to Nevada to share his experiences and insights,” commented Christina Barr, Executive Director of Nevada Humanities. “Our Pop-Up Salon series is designed to bring the tradition of our Salon program to further reaches of the state and broaden our humanities audience. We look forward to connecting with Nevadans across the Silver State and introducing them to an assortment of Pulitzer-wining writers.”

This free program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prize Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes.

The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

For more information, visit nevadahumanities.org or call 800-382-5023 in Reno and 702-800-4670 in Las Vegas.


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