Book Signing with Gary Noy
Join us on Friday, June 12 in welcoming Gary Noy to The Book Seller.
In his 1855 book The Land of Gold: Reality versus Fiction, North Carolinian Hinton Rowan Helper wrote of California: “It is my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are obtainable in America.” In his new book Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, Depravity and the Birth of the Golden State, historian Gary Noy contemplates Helper’s observation in more detail. Hellacious California examines the various ways Californians from the 1820s to the turn of the 20th century indulged in questionable conduct, raucous celebrations, tomfoolery, illegal schemes, criminal activities, and generally bad behavior. Specifically, Hellacious California considers vices of 19th century California such as gambling, drinking, tobacco, overeating, fighting, eccentric entertainments, prostitution, and con artists, just to name a few. Gary will be here from 6-7PM where he will be discussing and signing his books.
Watch the book trailer for Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, Depravity and the Birth of the Golden State below!
A Sierra Nevada native and current resident, Gary Noy has taught history at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California, from 1987 to the present. The son and grandson of Cornish hardrock gold miners, Gary was born in Grass Valley, Californa. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento. In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Gary as “Educator of the Year.” Gary is the author of Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West; co-editor, with Rick Heide, of The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology; the award-winning Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues; and Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck. His newest book is Hellacious California: Tales of Rascality, Revelry, Dissipation, Depravity and the Birth of the Golden State.