I just learned that the reason I found nothing online about the Judith Butler book (April 18 below) is cuz the sign was incorrect and the book is "Nevada Belle and the Forgotten Women of the West.” So:
1) There is in fact an annual Jim Butler Days celebration at the mining park for Judith Butler’s great-grandpappy who founded Tonopah in 1900. They unveiled a statue and stuff like that.
2) The notice about the reading was attached to a telephone pole. Earlier that day I had seen a raven carry a sparrow’s corpse to the top of the pole and start to tear at it like a great black dinosaur. A spume of feathers drifted over the Best Western parking lot, blowing east, because there was a cold front moving in.