From Max Brand’s westerns and pulp fiction to Frank Herbert’s Dune to Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, serialized stories have long shaped readers’ understanding of California and the West. Alta Serials reinvigorates the form with five-part tales distinguished by heart-thumping action, genuine emotion, and shrewd writing.

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Current Serial

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William Deverell

Finding Francis, Part One

After returning from service in World War I, John Francis Daly disappeared. His great nephew, historian William Francis Deverell, decided to find him.

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William Deverell

Finding Francis, Part Two

Tracing Francis’s time at Fort Dix and in the trenches of World War I.

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William Deverell

Finding Francis, Part Three

Late in life, Deverell’s father asks him to find Francis.

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William Deverell

Finding Francis, Part Four

Tracking down Harry Wheeler, the man once known as John Francis Daly.

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William Deverell

Finding Francis, Part Five

His search completed, Deverell discovers more than he expected.

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Recent Serial

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Victor Juhasz

Properties of Thirst, Part One

With the publication of this excerpt from Properties of Thirst, Alta Journal is pleased to begin a five-part serialization of the opening section of the new novel by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Marianne Wiggins.

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Victor Juhasz

Properties of Thirst, Part Two

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Victor Juhasz

Properties of Thirst, Part Three

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Victor Juhasz

Properties of Thirst, Part Four

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Victor Juhasz

Properties of Thirst, Part Five

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Coming Soon


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Alta

Surviving the Sierra

by Robert Roper

Follow along as author and Alta contributor Robert Roper retraces Joseph R. Walker’s 1833 crossing of the frozen Sierra Nevada with 60 starving fur trappers and 200 shivering horses.

Coming in fall 2022.