SNC Tahoe Community Read kicks off next week with ‘Refresh, Refresh’ |

SNC Tahoe Community Read kicks off next week with ‘Refresh, Refresh’

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Nevada College is delighted to announce the book selections for the SNC Tahoe 2015 Community Read, a communal reading program that is open to the entire Lake Tahoe community.

As SNC Tahoe continues to grow a vibrant literary and arts environment at Lake Tahoe, this year’s Community Read will feature books and graphic novels that present an interesting relationship between text and image.

Graphic novels have grown tremendously in popularity in the last few years, and differ from more commonly known comic books such as Marvel’s “Thor” and DC’s “Batman.”

They are often full-length works of original literature in genres such as adventure, science fiction, memoir, biography, and even Shakespeare; other times they are adaptations of traditionally published novels.

One of the best examples of a novel that was adapted into a graphic novel is G.R.R. Martin’s best selling book, “Game of Thrones.”

The Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records awarded Sierra Nevada College a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to host these programs and provide books for the community.

Complimentary copies of the graphic novel “Refresh, Refresh” are available at the Incline Village Public Library and the SNC Tahoe Library.

The first Community event is Thursday, Sept. 10; below is the full lineup this year:

Refresh, Refresh events, September 10-12

The first set of Community Read events focuses on Danica Novgorodoff’s graphic adaption of Benjamin Percy’s short story collection, “Refresh, Refresh,” which was included in Best American Comics 2011.

Novgorodoff will give an art talk at the Holman Arts & Media Center on Sept. 10 at 5 pm. Percy will follow with a reading from his novel on Friday, Sept., 11 at 7 pm in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES).

The event on Sept 11 is also part of the on-going SNC Tahoe Writers in the Woods series, which will also include other writers throughout the entire year.

On Saturday morning, Sept. 12, both Novgorodoff and Percy will offer a workshop about craft and collaboration from 9 a.m. to noon, also at TCES.

Associated with this event, Novgorodoff will also give art workshops to students at the Lake Tahoe School.

Scott Pilgrim, September 29

The second event focuses on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s original graphic novel series “Scott Pilgrim.”

The college will screen the 2010 film “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” which is based on O’Malley’s series, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at TCES from 6:30-8:30 pm.

After the film, author and SNC Tahoe faculty member Jared Stanley will lead a discussion about the adaptation.

Howl, October 7

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Incline Village Public Library, SNC Tahoe Professor of Fine Arts Chris Lanier will share his experiences adapting the text of Allan Ginsberg’s poem “How”l into film.

Lanier worked with director Paul Hyett on his 2010 film adaption of the poem, which starred James Franco and John Hamm, among others.

Comic Artist Keith Knight, October 22

Finally, on Oct. 22, SNC Tahoe will host Keith Knight for a public talk about his work as a comic artist and cartoonist.

Keith is one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America and the creator of three popular comic strips: “The Knight Life,” “(th)ink,” and the “K Chronicles.” Location details for this event will be available closer to the event.

This article was submitted by Sierra Nevada College. More information about the SNC Tahoe Community Read can be found at More information about Writers in the Woods can be found at

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