Four Writers With Nevada Ties To Be Honored In Reno

Four writers, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will be honored during a ceremony Nov. 8 in Reno.

Douglas Unger and Emma Sepulveda will join the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, while Richard Moreno and Willy Vlautin will receive Silver Pen awards.

The Friends of the University Library established the Hall of Fame in 1988 to honor Nevada's finest writers.

The Silver Pen award was founded in 1996 as part of the Hall of
Fame to encourage mid-career and emerging writers.

Unger co-founded the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing International program and the Schaeffer Fellowship Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His novels include "Leaving the Land," a Pulitzer finalist.

Argentina-born Sepulveda is a University of Nevada, Reno Spanish
professor and director of UNR's Latino Research Center who has
written or co-written 17 books. She also is a Reno Gazette-Journal

Moreno, publisher of Nevada magazine for 14 years, has written
seven books on Nevada history and travel. He now is director of
student publications, and an English and journalism instructor at
Western Illinois University.

Reno native Vlautin, whose first novel, "The Motel Life," is
about two brothers whose lives drift sadly through Reno's
backstreets, was hailed by the selection committee as the best
"new" writer from Nevada.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)