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Visions of a Basque American Westerner

An International Conference on the Writings of Frank Bergon 

March 13-14, 2019

Mathewson/IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada, Reno

Organized by William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies
Jon Bilbao Basque Library

The conference gathers ten scholars and writers from the United States and Europe to discuss Frank Bergon’s novels, essays, and critical works from multiple perspectives, including an emphasis on the Basque aspects of his writings.

The program also includes the presentation of two books published by the Center for Basque Studies and the University of Nevada Press, Basque music and dance, and a visit to the Basque Library.

All events are free and open to the public.

Program
Wednesday, March 13
9.00. Frank Bergon
Introduction
09.30. William Heath (Mount Saint Mary’s University)
“The Real Thing: Authenticity in Frank Bergon’s Fiction”
10.15. Edurne Arostegi (University of Nevada, Reno)
“A View into Frank Bergon’s Fiction Through the Lens of Time”
11.00. David Rio (University of the Basque Country)
“Frank Bergon’s Western and Basque American Heroes: Deconstructing Archetypes”
11.45. Break
12.15. Sylvan Goldberg (Colorado College)
“Fictive Truths: Frank Bergon’s Literary Critique in a Post-Truth World”
13.00. Zeese Papanikolas (San Francisco Art Institute)
“Unheard Voices of Okie California in Jesse’s Ghost
14.00. Lunch on campus
15.00. Free time
18.00. Presentation of the book by Monika Madinabeitia and Frank Bergon: Petra, My                          Basque Grandmother
20.00. Dinner

Thursday, March 14
09.00. Xabier Irujo (University of Nevada, Reno)
Introduction
09:30. Iñaki Arrieta (University of Nevada, Reno)
“Frank Bergon’s Papers: A Multifaceted Archival Collection”
10.15. Monika Madinabeitia (Mondragon University)
“The Basque World of Frank Bergon’s Fiction”
11.00. Joseba Zulaika (University of Nevada, Reno)
“Apocalypse and Transfiguration in Nevada’s Nuclear Test Site: Frank Bergon’s Desert Spirituality”
11.45. Break
12.15. Nancy Cook (University of Montana)
“Long Shadows Across the Valley: Regarding Difference in Frank Bergon’s California”
13.00. David Means (Vassar College)
“Frank Bergon: Dreaming the American West”
13.40. Final remarks
14.00. Lunch on campus
15.00 Free time.
18.00. Frank Bergon
“Reading and Commentary: Two-Buck Chuck & the Marlboro Man: The New Old West
20.00. Dinner

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“The Journals of Lewis and Clark: A Great American Epic”
A Talk by Frank Bergon

Photo: Miel Elustondo

Adriance Memorial Library
93 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

Contact: Debora Shon   485-3445 x3702   dshon@poklib.org
Come join us for the opening reception of the “Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country” exhibit to hear Professor Frank Bergon, editor of Journals of Lewis and Clark published by Penguin Classics, provide an overview of the expedition, the two leaders, the historical context, the Indian country explored, and, most important, the achievement of the journals and their historical significance. His books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
Location: Rotunda

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Jesse’s Ghost at Bellarmine

Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, will read from his new novel, Jesse’s Ghost (the story has a Bellarmine connection), followed by a discussion.

Campus Library Theater
Bellarmine College Preparatory
960 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95126

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Photo: Jack Latson

Respite by the River: Jesse’s Ghost

Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book as part of Respite by The River. Bring a picnic and a bottle of your favorite drink to enjoy before the reading.
San Joaquin River Parkway, 11605 Old Friant Rd., Fresno, CA 93730
Free and open to the public; for more information call 559-248-8480, ext. 154.

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost in Oakhurst

Friday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will sign copies of his book.

Willow Bridge Books, 40044 Highway 49, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Free and open to the public; for more information visit

http://www.birdbeckett.com/events/

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost in SF

Sunday, June 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Bird & Beckett, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA 94131
Free and open to the public; for more information visit bird-beckett.com.

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Free and open to the public; for more information call (510) 704-8222.

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost: Book Passage

Saturday, June 25 at 4:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Dr., Corte Madera, CA 94925
Free and open to the public; for information call(415) 927-0960.

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost in Durango

Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301
Free and open to the public; for information call(970) 247-1438 or see http://www.mariasbookshop.com/event/meet-author-novelist-frank-bergon

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost in Rhinebeck, NY

Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Oblong Books & Music, 6422 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Free and open to the public; for more information visitwww.oblongbooks.com/event/reading-frank-bergon-jesses-ghost.

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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“The Toughest Kid We Knew: A California Memoir”

Saturday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon
will talk about the true-life story behind his novel,  Jesse’s Ghost.

Frank Bergon Senior Center
238 South D Street
Madera, CA 93740
Free and open to the public

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost in San Francisco
San Francisco’s Literary Festival

Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Frank Bergon, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Variety Preview Room
582 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Free and open to the public

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel
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Jesse’s Ghost in Stockton

Tuesday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

University of the Pacific
Wendell Phillips Center
935 Dave Brubeck Way
Stockton, California
Free and open to the public

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Jesse’s Ghost in Fresno

Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Alice Peters Auditorium, Peters Business Building
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California
Free and open to the public; for more information visit http://mfafresno.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/save-the-date/

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Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

Photo: Peter Carter

Jesse’s Ghost at Vassar

Monday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon
, author of Jesse’s Ghost, will read from and sign copies of his book.

Alumnae House
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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Photo: Peter Carter

“The Toughest Kid” and Jesse’s Ghost at Vassar

Tuesday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m.
Frank Bergon 
 will read and talk about how he turned a true story about “The Toughest Kid We Knew” into the novel, Jesse’s Ghost.

Vassar College College Bookstore                                                                            Poughkeepsie, NY

Read more about Jesse’s Ghost: A Novel

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FRANK BERGON

Photo: Jack Latson

California History and Family Research Room of Madera County Library

An Evening with Frank “Tony” Bergon

“The Toughest Kid We Knew and Other Madera Memories”

Thursday, October 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Frank Bergon will read and talk about how he turned a true story about “The Toughest Kid We Knew” into the novel, Jesse’s Ghost.

The Vineyard Restaurant, Madera, CA