Sierra College Insights | Are books dead in Truckee Tahoe? |

Sierra College Insights | Are books dead in Truckee Tahoe?

Special to the Sun
Two girls reading a book, illustration by P.O. Vickery, 1879.
Courtesy Library of Congress |

Community members and visitors are invited to participate in the Oct. 10 Sierra College Insights presentation “Are Books Dead?” with Gary Noy.

This evening offers the opportunity to delve into how technology has transformed publishing. During this interactive presentation, explore the past, present and future of publishing with retired Sierra College professor Noy, who developed the only full-service academic press operated by a community college in the U.S.

“Expect a discussion about the adaptability of publishers to new technologies set in the historical context of publishing, how these changes affect authors, an examination of privacy concerns related to e-Readers, the impact on brick-and-mortar bookstores, the rise of virtual bookstores and the gulf between online publishing and traditional publishing,” said Noy, a Sierra Nevada native who began teaching history at Sierra College in Rocklin in 1987.

Noy is the author of many newspaper columns and magazine articles about Sierra Nevada history and culture and has published both traditional and e-books. His newest book, “Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues,” was published this year. He is the founder and former director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the Sierra College Press. In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association selected Gary as “Educator of the Year.” Today Noy volunteers for Sierra College programs. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento.

“Rather than staid lectures, Sierra College Insights taps experts to share information about one of their passions and spark dialogue among attendees,” said Dr. Kim Bateman, executive dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee. “We welcome discussion and our series attracts a variety of interesting people from the region.”

Sierra College Insights is accepting reservations for both Oct. 10 and “Climate Change 101” with Derek Larson on Nov. 7. There is no cost to attend. Refreshments are sponsored by Starbucks for the half hour preceding each event.

Visit to make reservations for the 7 to 8:15 p.m. presentations (space is limited for both presentations).