Texas Tech University

Sowell Family Collection Hosts Virtual Reading by Michael Branch

Glenys Young

April 5, 2022

The author will read from his new book, “On the Trail of the Jackalope.”

On the Trail of the Jackalope

WHAT:  The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community & the Natural World at Texas Tech University will host a virtual reading by Michael P. Branch.

WHEN:  7 p.m. Thursday (April 7)

WHERE:  Zoom. Registration is available here.

EVENT:  Perhaps you think jackalopes are just the stuff of legends – curio items you might spot on the wall of a novelty taxidermist. Well, there's more to this cotton tail than meets the eye, as Michael P. Branch explores in his new book, “On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World's Imagination and Helped Us Cure Cancer.”

This is the never-before-told story of the horned rabbit – the myths, the hoaxes, the very real scientific breakthrough it inspired – and how it became a cultural touchstone of the American West.

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, Branch is the author of “How to Cuss in Western.” He lives with his wife and two daughters in the western Great Basin Desert, on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. 

The event is sponsored by Texas Tech University Libraries, the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library and the Sowell Collection and funded by the Office of the Provost.

CONTACT:  Julie Barnett
Manager, Communications & Marketing, Texas Tech University Libraries, Texas Tech University
(806) 834-0718