Patty Cafferata, Reno's Sundance Books and Music: Merchant Holds Sway in Historic Levy Mansion

Historian Patty Cafferata joins us to share her new book about our beloved home, Reno's Sundance Books and Music: Merchant Holds Sway in Historic Levy Mansion.

In 1907, Nevada merchant William Levy built his magnificent mansion for his family. In 2011, Sundance Books & Music, a modern day mercantile, moved into the stately house. The history of this building and family is explained. Included in the book are numerous photographs of the Levy family and mansion, the Palace Dry Goods and Carpet House, and Sundance Books and Music.


“This story brought back wonderful memories of my childhood visits with Great-Aunt Mildred “Tinker” Levy.”

- Wendy Coblentz, great-niece of Mildred Levy


“Not to be missed history of the Levy family and its contributions to Reno’s past and tale of the superb Sundance Books and Music store and its contributions to Reno’s future.”

                         - Arlene Laferry, Nevada historian


“A beautiful story of an old Reno property loved by so many people now and before.”

- Ron Zideck, Reno Native



Political figure and lifelong Reno resident, Patty Cafferata is a lawyer and historian. She specializes in Nevada history highlighting residents and visitors, places and events. Previously, she authored a bi-monthly column on local history for the Reno Gazette Journal and wrote nine books on Nevada, including her Christmas in Nevada and co-authored Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress and Back Again, both published by the University of Nevada Press.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509