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Historian and author to present ‘History in a Mystery’
by Tribune Staff
Apr 26, 2012 | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Join noted Nevada historian Phillip I. Earl and mystery series author Maggy Anthony for a lively look at early Reno through the 1950s in their “History in a Mystery” lecture, book launch and discussion, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Swill Coffee and Wine, 3366 Lakeside Court in southwest Reno. The event is free and open to the the public; coffee, beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

Anthony, whose new book, “Death is a Crapshoot — A Hank Faro Mystery,” recently was launched on Amazon, will read excerpts from the work, set in Reno of the 1950s and features a gritty private investigator. She will also speak of her early experiences in Nevada’s legendary gambling town that led to the writing of the book, which contains first-hand accounts of such well-known Nevada luminaries as “Pappy” Smith of Harold’s, Lincoln Fitzgerald at the Nevada Club and Bill Harrah at Harrah’s. Anthony will be joined by renowned Nevada historian Phil Earl, who will talk about gambling in Reno from its beginnings through the infamous Kefauver hearings on mafia involvement in Nevada in the late 1950s in Las Vegas. A question and answer session will follow.

“Phil Earl was curator at the Nevada Historical Society for nearly 30 years until he retired in 1999, and he truly knows the stories that bring the state alive for us history buffs,” said Anthony, who dedicated her book to the historical society staff for their research assistance on the mystery series.

Earl received his master’s degree in history from the University of Nevada, Reno and is author of “This was Nevada,” a syndicated popular history series. He has also written several publications on the place of history in secondary education curriculum, and has consulted and done production for the History Channel and Discovery Productions as well as several motion pictures in Nevada.

Anthony is a retired family therapist who wrote her first book, “Jung’s Circle of Women: The Valkyries,” about the women she encountered during her studies at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is also a novelist, poet and playwright and has taught extensively on mythology, dreams and issues of creative exploration, including at Esalen Institute and the University of California, San Francisco.

For more information, email Anthony at, or go online at
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