Lee Barnes’ Latest Book

H. Lee Barnes—the award-winning novelist and short-story writer who served as an Army Special Forces sergeant in the Vietnam War—recently published Life is a Country Western Song (Boabab Press, 176 pp., $16.95), a collection of a dozen short stories, all of which focus on people in the contemporary American West.

Scott Dickensheets of Desert Companion Magazine, called this collection “a genuine treat.” The qualities “that make Lee Barnes one of Nevada’s literary treasures,” he said, “are on ample display in these stories: the lived-in authenticity of his characters; a knack for the evocatively described setting; his precisely deployed empathy; and prose as supple, durable, and well-made as your favorite saddle. As a storyteller, he never shows off and always delivers.”

Barnes, who was inducted in 2009 into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, received VVA’s Excellence in the Arts Award at the 2013 National Convention.

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