Robert Laxalt (1923–2001), whose journalism, creative nonfiction, and fiction made him a national and international literary figure, is the most acclaimed writer to hail 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 served as an exemplary story for all immigrants to the United States. In Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller, the new biography of the writer, author Warren Lerude focuses on the development of Laxalt as a writer, especially through his formative days as a journalist in Reno and Carson City, and on Laxalt the family man, teacher, publisher, and much more. Warren Lerude is a professor emeritus of the University of Nevada’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.
On Friday August 23, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. KNPB discussed Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller with Lerude on the show "A Conversation with Lerude about Laxalt." The show is available online here. And click here to see photos and read an excerpt from the book.