RECEPTION & BOOK LAUNCH: Bourne Morris, The Rise of the Red Queen

Join us on Tuesday, December 1, at 6 pm, for a reception and signing to celebrate the publication of The Rise of the Red Queen (Henery Press, 2015), the second mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former University of Nevada, Reno, professor Bourne Morris. Ms. Morris will give a short reading followed by a Q&A and book signing.


A beautiful student is missing. Did she leave on impulse, or was it something more sinister? When the young woman’s grandfather pleads for help, Meredith “Red” Solaris, interim dean of a Northern Nevada university, agrees to help search for the student but doesn’t know she may have to risk everything to find her.

Worse yet, without solid evidence, Red and Detective Joe Morgan have little basis for investigation. Murky university politics—and Red’s own struggle to keep her job—thwart efforts to find a girl held captive by a man willing to steal what he cannot win.


Bourne Morris began writing at Bennington College, where she studied under the late poet laureate Howard Nemerov. After college, she worked at McCall’s magazine and then went to Ogilvy&Mather, New York, during the “Mad Men” era. David Ogilvy and his colleagues treated her wonderfully, promoted her several times, and then sent her west to become head of their agency in Los Angeles. She had a splendid run in advertising.

In 1983, she joined the University of Nevada, Reno, as a full professor in journalism, where she taught until 2009. She learned about campus politics when she served as chair of the faculty senate. She retired to write mysteries in 2009 after an equally wonderful teaching career.

Event date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue