Author Events for Naida West

Naida is currently busy writing her memoir and preparing for the California State Fair Authors Booth.

Listen to the podcast of Naida’s interview with Jeffrey Callison on Capital Public Radio. (Forward to 24:00, about the 50% point, to hear the interview.)

April 15 History-Nature Walk and Car Caravan, 9 AM sharp

Meet author Naida West at her ranch along the Cosumnes River and walk back in time. You’ll see places that inspired her California Gold Trilogy such as the state’s first shootout over water, cabin site of a Donner Party survivor (two cabins still standing, each with an interesting history) and one of two Miwok village sites. You will feel the spirits of those who walked there before you. After the walk, you’ll enjoy lunch at Meadowlands Restaurant (the old Slough House Inn, delicious food under new management). On the way to Meadowlands you will caravan to the oldest unrepaired pioneer dwelling standing in Sacramento County.

Attendance is limited. To participate, contact Naida at or 916-350-0152 about remaining space. Your check for $33 covers lunch and tip, and confirms your participation. Send to Naida West, P.O. Box 809, Rancho Murieta, CA 95683. When confirmed, you’ll receive directions to the ranch, which is not on Google Maps.

NOTE: As of mid February, the Cosumnes River — the only undammed, uncontrolled river in CA — is still running high. In January, sections of the river trail had become narrow, rather deep crevasses, and then the river raged over them again, for weeks. By April 15, the bottomland will be transformed. Some of the trail will be walkable, but maybe not all the way to the Miwok village site with the Grandmother tree. In that case you and I will caravan 5 minutes to a downstream site inhabited by the Sacayakumne prior to the gold rush, a site that features a remarkable stone amphitheater.

It had been a much larger village at that time, deserted when the remnants of the people fled upstream in hopes of finding friendlier spirits and fewer Whites. Many previous sojourners have reported that the cabins and artifacts around my house are, by themselves, well worth the trip. So, in April with the hills filled with blooming wildflowers, and the trip to the pre-gold rush village, I’m sure you will enjoy this event.

Updated March 3, 2017