Michael Branch, On the Trail of the Jackalope

Join us on Saturday, May 7 at 2pm for a beer and an outdoor reading and signing with Michael Branch, author of On the Trail of the Jackalope. Author Mark Maynard will lead a post-reading discussion.

Just what is a jackalope? Purported to be part jackrabbit and part antelope, the jackalope began as a local joke concocted by two young brothers in a small Wyoming town during the Great Depression. Their creation quickly spread around the U.S., where it now regularly appears as innumerable forms of kitsch—wall mounts, postcards, keychains, coffee mugs, shot glasses, and so on. A vast body of folk narratives has carried the jackalope’s fame around the world to inspire art, music, film, even erotica! 

Michael P. Branch is a professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he teaches creative nonfiction, American literature, environmental studies, and film studies. An award-winning writer and humorist, Michael is the author of How to Cuss in Western and lives with his wife and two daughters in the western Great Basin Desert, on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Range.  

Order On the Trail of the Jackalope.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 7, 2022 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509