Join us at the White Pine County Library Wed., Nov. 29 from 2:00-6:00pm  for a meet and greet of local authors! Here is your chance to discover new authors or meet familiar ones from around the community. They will showcase, sell, and sign their books and take time to chat and answer questions.

Authors that will be attending are:

George Carnes– author of “Justice Rides a Black Horse”.  George was born in Laharpe, Illinois December 24, 1935.  He moved to Encampment, Wyoming when he was about 10 years old.  Loved the western environment and the freedom of the outdoors.  Some of the happiest years of his life.  He loved reading the old westerns of Zane Grey, max Brand, Peter Fields and many others as well as Nancy Drew, Tarzan adventures, Science Fiction, and Jack London.  George attended high School in Rawlings, WY, moved to Las Vegas, NV in 1956 where he found work in the ad department of the Las Vegas Review Journal.  In 1959, he moved to Ely, NV to become the advertising sales manager of the Ely Daily Times.  In 1964, he was promoted to general manager, a positon he held until retirement in 1999.  In all he has had 43 years with the Donrey Media Group, which owned the papers. George has had a number of story lines in mind for years, after retiring, he decided to try writing them.  In the process, the “Justice Rides a Black Horse” took precedence and became his focus. “Justice” is his first complete book, he really enjoyed writing it.  It was also his first “experiment” to see if he could actually do it.  Producing it was a real learning experience and Amazon publishing made it easier than he thought.

Keith Gibson– author of “McGill History of Baseball,”  “McGill, NV Memories Mine and Other’s from 1935-1955”, “Making America’s Copper”,  and just released “God’s Gold –A Lifelong Search.”  Keith was born December 10, 1935 at home in McGill Nevada.   He attended McGill Grade School K-8th, White Pine High School-1950-1954, and received a B.S. Degree at University of Utah in 1960.  Served with the U.S. Army-Fort Ord, CA. Fort Sam Houston, Texas. His inspiration for his books came from his daughters Alicia and Tamena. Keith is currently doing editorials for the Ely Times “Keith’s Corner.”

Mary Sorenson– author of “Memories of the Ruth Mining Area Robison Mining District”, and is currently working on another book “Fallen Miner Memorial for the 182 men killed in mine accidents”. Lifelong resident of Ruth.

Alexandra Mergen– Alexa is the author of three poetry chapbooks; her poems are published in more than three dozen anthologies and literary journals including Inlandia, Turtle Island and Virginia Quarterly Review. Alexa’s short stories appear in numerous magazines and have been performed by California’s Stories on Stage. Her essays are widely published, and her brief history of the National Zoo, “From Bison to BioPark,” remains definitive. For the Sacramento-based animal rescue organization Red Rover, Alexa created and launched a nationwide story-based humane education program designed to develop critical thinking skills and empathy in elementary school students. She also coordinated emergency rescue volunteers deployed to set up temporary animal shelters in the wake of natural disasters. A former school teacher and teaching artist, Alexa has worked with children and adult creative writing students through California Poets in the Schools, Poetry Out Loud and the National Writing Project, and mentored classroom teachers in curriculum development and lesson delivery. While a newspaper reporter at the Union Democrat, Alexa met her husband journalist Matt Weiser. She is currently the Ely correspondent for the online travel magazine NevadaGram and writes freelance stories on wellness, food, yoga, animals and nature. She teaches private lessons and group yoga classes in Ely. Contact her at 202-763-2351 (cell) or

Mike Weiser– Matt Weiser is a contributing editor at, an online news organization that covers water in the West. Previously, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor throughout California including at the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the Union Democrat, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Bakersfield Californian, and the Sacramento Bee.  His freelance writing has appeared in National Geographic, Sierra Magazine, High Country News and other publications. Contact him at or via Twitter at @matt_weiser.

Matt’s married to yoga teacher and writer Alexa Mergen. They live in central Ely with their terrier, Tucker.

Rolayne Beckstrom Hanson, a Utah Native, moved to Ely, Nevada, in 2006, where she and her husband, Sam, are fulfilling their lifelong dream of teaching together in a small community.  Her first novel, “Only With the Heart “weaves together her passions of family, gospel living, and Italian culture into the story of Anna Fiori, a women who embodies the Pioneer spirit.  After teaching elementary students for 24 years, Rolayne currently works as a literacy strategist for White Pine County School District.  She appreciates the opportunity of working with teachers to promote, support, and ensure high levels of learning.  She especially loves being with students, helping them become better readers, writers, thinkers, speakers, and listeners.  Her greatest joy comes from her family.  Sam and Rolayne, along with their children and grandchildren, enjoy holiday traditions as well as traveling, hiking, camping, and late-night movies with lots of popcorn.