Close up of Nevada Writers Hall of Fame medal

Bernard Schopen

2000 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Inductee


Bernard (Bernie) Schopen was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, and attended Black Hills State College. He earned both his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington in English literature. He then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and has taught at UNR since 1990, primarily in the Core Humanities program (Western Traditions).. He designed and teaches the online versions of the Core Humanities curriculum for the Office of Extended Studies. He is best known for his three mysteries, all set in Nevada, featuring Reno detective, Jack Ross. They are: The Big SilenceThe Desert Look, and The Iris Deception. In addition, he has written a critical book on mystery writer Ross Macdonald. In 2007, he received the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science. Also in 2007, he was recognized as "Best Novelist" in the annual Best of Northern Nevada feature by Reno News & Review.