The Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program inspires new generations of writers by providing opportunities for the public to converse with distinguished writers from around the nation. The program was established in honor of Laxalt, who developed from news reporter to fiction and nonfiction author during his prolific career. Considered by many to be Nevada’s finest writer, Laxalt founded the University of Nevada Press and wrote 17 books, four of which were entered for the Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote for National Geographic and served as a professor in the University’s Reynolds School of Journalism for 18 years, teaching magazine writing and literary journalism.
Laxalt Distinguished Writer Program events are sponsored by Nevada Humanities in partnership with the University of Nevada Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and are made possible by generous support from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, University of Nevada, Reno Department of English and community contributions.