Warren Lerude

Robert Laxalt - The Story of the Storyteller by Warren Lerude
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014  3:00pm
The BEO and Basque Cultural Center present a book presentation and book signing by Pulitzer Prize winner, Warren Lerude, whose latest book is a biography of iconic Basque writer Robert Laxalt.  The event will kick off the Basque Cultural Center's August festival.

Lerude, professor emeritus of journalism, focuses on Laxalt's development as a writer, especially through his formative days as a journalist in Reno and Carson City, and on to Laxalt the family man, teacher, publisher and much more.

Lerude said, "The odyssey of this book began with an idea from my long-time friend and colleague Bruce Bledsoe. Bruce brought it to my attention that of the 17 books Laxalt wrote, none of them were biographical in nature. With a little nudging from Joyce, Bob's wife of 52 years, and their daughters Monique, an attorney and novelist, and Kristin, a physician, I decided to take on the project."

Robert Laxalt, whose journalism, creative nonfiction and fiction made him a national and international literary figure, is the most acclaimed writer from the state of Nevada in modern times. His 1957 classic, Sweet Promised Land, not only brought to life the immigrant experience of the Basques who had come to the United States as sheepherders, it also served as an exemplary story for all immigrants to the United States.

Laxalt, who died in 2001 at 77 years old, left a legacy of evidence about his writing life in the Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Knowledge Center. Special Collections is home to 26.5 cubic feet of Laxalt's papers spread throughout 33 rectangular boxes.

"So much of what Laxalt was known for is contained in our collection," Jacquelyn Sundstrand, manuscripts and archives librarian for the Special Collections Department, said. "Warren reviewed numerous drafts of Laxalt's various novels, manuscripts, correspondence and more to help bring his professional history to life."

The book is published by the Center for Basque Studies, which publishes high-quality books in English on Basque-related topics. The Laxalt biography is the inaugural book in a new series, Basque Originals, which presents lively, entertaining and informative books on a variety of subjects relating to Basques around the world and the experience of being Basque.
Warren Lerude is a professor emeritus of the University of Nevada, Reno's Reynolds School of Journalism and a longtime Reno newspaper editor and publisher. In 1977, he led a team of journalists to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. He is the co-author of the best-seller American Commander in Spain: Robert Hale Merriman and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and author of the text of another best-seller Robert Cameron's Above Tahoe and Reno. He was a professor of media law, management and professional internships for 32 years at the journalism school.
Click the link below to view the August 23rd, 2013 interview of Warren Lerude on Reno Public Television: