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An Evening with Jackson Ellis

Visit with the Author of Lords of St. Thomas

2018-11-05 17:30:00 2018-11-05 19:30:00 America/Los_Angeles An Evening with Jackson Ellis Book reading and signing with Jackson Ellis, author of "Lords of St. Thomas." Ellis is a writer and editor from Vermont who has also spent time living in Nevada and Montana. Paseo Verde Library

Monday, November 05
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Add to Calendar 2018-11-05 17:30:00 2018-11-05 19:30:00 America/Los_Angeles An Evening with Jackson Ellis Book reading and signing with Jackson Ellis, author of "Lords of St. Thomas." Ellis is a writer and editor from Vermont who has also spent time living in Nevada and Montana. Paseo Verde Library

Paseo Verde Library

Conference Room

Book reading and signing with Jackson Ellis, author of "Lords of St. Thomas." Ellis is a writer and editor from Vermont who has also spent time living in Nevada and Montana.

Book Synopsis: 

In the Mojave Desert, at the southern end of the isolated Moapa Valley, sat the town of St. Thomas, Nevada. A small community that thrived despite scorching temperatures and scarce water, St. Thomas was home to hardy railroad workers, farmers, shopkeepers, teachers, and a lone auto mechanic named Henry Lord. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Lord lived in a small home beside his garage with his son, Thomas, his daughter-in-law, Ellen, and his grandson, "Little" Henry. All lived happily until the stroke of a pen by President Coolidge authorizing the construction of the Boulder (Hoover) Dam. Within a decade, more than 250 square miles of desert floor would become flooded by the waters of the Colorado River, and St. Thomas would be no more. In the early 1930s, the federal government began buying out the residents of St. Thomas, yet the hardheaded Henry Lord, believing the water would never reach his home, refused to sell. It was a mistake that would cost him—and his family—dearly. Lords of St. Thomas details the tragedies and conflicts endured by a family fighting an unwinnable battle, and their hectic and terrifying escape from the flood waters that finally surge across the threshold of their front door. Surprisingly, it also shows that, sometimes, you can go home again, as Little Henry returns to St. Thomas 60 years later, after Lake Mead recedes, to retrieve a treasure he left behind—and to fulfill a promise he made as a child.

More about the author at jacksonellis.net.

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Paseo Verde Library

lphelan@hendersonlibraries.com
Phone: (702) 492-7252
Branch manager
Lisa Phelan

Hours
Mon, Dec 10 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Dec 11 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Dec 12 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Dec 13 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Fri, Dec 14 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Dec 15 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Dec 16 Closed

About the branch

Paseo Verde library is located near the Henderson Pavilion just off South Green Valley Parkway and paseo Verde Parkway. This location features a 1,000 Sq-ft glass-Wall Reading Room, a staffed genealogy room and a local coffee shop.

Upcoming events

Lobby
Thu, Dec 13, All day

Story Room
Thu, Dec 13, 9:30am - 10:00am

Story Room
Thu, Dec 13, 10:30am - 11:00am

Conference Room
Thu, Dec 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm