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Author Naida West signs books at Tahoe League for Charity luncheon, Pine Cone Derby announced

Sharon FilardoSpecial to the Sun

Author Naida West

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Author Naida West was the featured speaker at Tahoe League for Charityandamp;#8217;s August Luncheon and Speaker Series. Naida West and her husband live in an old farmhouse on a small ranch bounded on the south by the Cosumnes River and the north and west by Rancho Murieta, a distant suburb of Sacramento. A poet with a Ph.D., in 1990 Naida quit teaching and lobbying to be a full-time novelist.During her 20 years of research, inspired by the American Indian and Gold Rush-era artifacts, she found on her 12-and-a-half-acre ranch overlooking the Cosumnes River she knew she wanted to tell the story of the people who walked there before her. West mixes real-life people and true events with representational characters to bring the past to vivid life. Her novels are soul-stirring sagas, and her end notes educate readers who want to know more about historic people and events. Naida West presently has five books in print on the American West.The Tahoe League for Charity will sponsor their annual Pine Cone Derby on Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. starting at the Green Bridge on the Truckee River. Following the exciting race will be a no-host cocktails and dinner at the River Ranch Lodge andamp; Restaurant. Entry fee for each pine cone is $5, which will be used for the prizes. If you and your friends would like to attend, contact Meredith Wills at 916-742-1710 or email her at meredithwills@sbcglobal.net by Aug. 31.