Authors Robert McNally ("The Modoc War") & Greg Sarris ("How a Mountain Was Made") in conversation about their books

Event date: 

Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Event address: 

276 Village Square
Orinda, CA 94563-2504
Robert Aquinas McNally
The Modoc War cover
How a Mountain Was Made cover


Praise for The Modoc War:  A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America's Gilded Age

"Well-paced with vividly drawn characters and exciting, dramatic prose, Robert Aquinas McNally has written the most thoroughly researched and historically accurate narrative history of the Modoc War to date. A tour de force of historical storytelling, The Modoc War is an insightful exploration of one of America's most important but forgotten Indian wars." -- Boyd Cothran, author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

“Robert McNally’s history of the Modoc War, convincingly told from engrossing start to finish, tells the story of an American tragedy, but not without powerfully illustrating the nobility and endurance of the people who suffered it.”-- Greg Sarris, chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author of Grand Avenue and Watermelon Nights

Praise for How a Mountain Was Made

“These are charming and wise stories, simply told, to be enjoyed by young and old alike—’stories need us if they are to come forth and have life too.'” -- Kirkus Reviews

“Stunning.... Neither an arid anthropological text nor another pseudo-Indian as-told-to fabrication. Instead, Sarris has breathed new life into these ancient Northern California tales and legends, lending them a subtle, light-hearted voice and vision.” --Scott LankfordLos Angeles Review of Books

Robert Aquinas McNally is a freelance writer and editor based in Concord, California. He is the author or coauthor of nine nonfiction books, including So Remorseless a Havoc: Of Dolphins, Whales, and Men. For more info, visit

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. For more info, visit

The Modoc War: A Story of Genocide at the Dawn of America’s Gilded Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496201799
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Published: Bison Books - November 2017

How a Mountain Was Made: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597144148
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Published: Heyday Books - October 10th, 2017