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About the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

The Nevada Writers Hall of Fame was conceived by former Friends of the University Libraries President Marilyn Melton in 1988. She envisioned two purposes: an annual event honoring Nevada's finest writers, and a stimulus to encourage excellence among emerging writers in the Silver State.

The first selection committee met at Marilyn’s home and chose Robert Laxalt and Walter Van Tilburg Clark as the recipients. Since that time, the Hall of Fame has become an annual event.

The names of all the authors who have been inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame are now prominently displayed on a wall of honor in the Leslie Harvey and Robert George Whittemore Tower Entry and Reception Gallery of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

Honorees are selected based on their body of work, critical recognition, and a strong connection to Nevada through the themes of their writing or residence in the state. Including the 2014 inductees, there are 51 members in the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

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About the Silver Pen Award

The Silver Pen Award was established in 1996 as part of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame to recognize writers who are in mid-career and have already shown substantial achievement. The award is designed to honor their talent and encourage other emerging and mid-career writers.

Honorees in this category are also selected based upon their body of work, critical recognition and a strong connection to Nevada through the themes of their writing or residence in the state. It is hoped through their outstanding work they may one day be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

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2015 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee and Silver Pen Award Recipients

Ellen HopkinsEllen Hopkins – 2015 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame

From the time she was young, Ellen Hopkins loved the written word. She published her first haiku at age nine, igniting the writing spark. She entered, and won, creative writing contests throughout high school. She began her career as a freelance journalist, taking a break after 17 years to pursue a career in children’s nonfiction, publishing 20 titles before switching to fiction. Concurrently, as a member of Carson City’s Ash Canyon Poets, she stoked her fire for poetry, growing her craft through exceptional critique. In 2004, Hopkins successfully melded the two, publishing her first novel-in-verse. Now the New York Times Best-selling author of 11 young adult novels, including the Crank trilogy and three novels for adult readers, Hopkins is set to publish her 12th novel in November 2015. Hopkins’ young adult novels delve into tough subjects, such as addiction, religion, suicide, and abuse. Her books for adult readers touch on hot button issues like deployment and how it affects those deployed and those left behind. Hopkins founded Ventana Sierra, a non-profit helping at-risk youth with housing and other necessary resources, including educational support and career guidance. She lives near Carson City with her extended family, two dogs, one cat, and two ponds (not pounds!) of koi.
Mark Maynard – 2015 Silver Pen Recipient
Mark Maynard
Growing up in Incline Village, Nevada, on the shores of Lake Tahoe, provided Mark Maynard, author of Grind, with enough quirky characters to populate a lifetime of stories. He graduated from the University of San Diego before heading to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he worked at a few fledgling dot-coms and a globally-dominating video game company (where he not only found a job, but also found love – he met his wife, Pam, while working in the video game industry). After returning to Northern Nevada to raise his family, Maynard began working as an editor, columnist, and online manager for several local newspapers. Eventually, he began teaching in the English department at Truckee Meadows Community College, where he’s the fiction editor for the college’s literary journal, The Meadow, while earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. Grind was published by Torrey House Press in 2012. When he’s not writing or hanging out with Pam and their two sons, Maynard can be found performing stand-up comedy at the Third Street Bar in downtown Reno. 


Laura McBrideLaura McBride — 2015 Silver Pen Recipient

Laura McBride moved to Nevada in 1986, choosing Las Vegas as the place to raise her family. She’s grateful to have made that choice because it meant her children could be witness to the power of second chances. McBride’s debut novel, We Are Called to Rise, has skyrocketed since being published, ending up on seven “Community Reads” lists, including Nevada’s, as well as being a lead fiction title for Simon & Schuster in 2014 and a #1 IndieNext pick. We Are Called to Rise explores the beautiful and explosive possibilities of Las Vegas, a diverse community in which the conventional social boundaries are unusually fluid. The title of the book was taken from Emily Dickinson’s poem We Never Know How High We Are: We never know how high we are/Till we are called to rise. McBride is a tenured professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada, where she has been actively involved in all aspects of teaching and college life. 

2014 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Ceremony


KNPB News Director Brent Boynton interviews 2014 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame inductees Shaun Griffin and Ron James and Silver Pen Award recipient Alicia Barber.

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Remarks from 2014 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Award Recipients

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