“A 9/11 Christmas: A Christmas to Remember,” written and illustrated by Las Vegas author Michael Pascoe, follows the journey of a Douglas fir tree from Christmas Valley, Ore., to New York City in the wake of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attacks. Can Doug bring joy to a city in sorrow? At least one little girl who lost her father in the disaster finds comfort in the tree’s presence. In addition to writing, Pascoe has worked in magazine design and as a magician. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/9-11christmas.
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Every year, Arturo and his abuela decorate their Christmas tree with special ornaments, but in the new book “Arturo and the Navidad Birds” by Anne Broyles, illustrated by KE Lewis, there was one year when the tradition was nearly shattered.
This week’s literary highlights include a presentation at The Mob Museum by gaming history author David G. Schwartz.
Paula Jones, who recently retired from working in real estate, was inspired to write “Dalton’s Dream” as a follow-up to compiling her family history into a book.
Like most kids, you love it when someone reads one of your favorite Christmas stories aloud. You probably enjoy singing Christmas carols, too. “The Family Christmas Treasury” will help you do both by including the words to some of those songs you love, along with several holiday story favorites.
Teen entrepreneur Houston Gunn’s visit to sign copies of his book “Schooled for Success: How I Plan to Graduate from High School a Millionaire” is among literary highlights this week.
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The Vegas Valley Book Festival has named Carolyn Hayes Uber, Luke Anderson and Arcata Associates Inc. recipients of its 2013 Crystal Bookmark Award.
Maxwell Alexander Dake Drake developed his first writing class so that he could offer to teach in return for a break on expenses associated with book promotion. His goal in classes was not to talk like a professor or to spend an hour promoting his own books. He wanted to relate to students and impart useful information. Then, if students liked his classes, maybe they’d be interested in his books.
If your kids need something new to read every Hanukkah, then stop your search right here. For family or for fun, “Hanukkah in Alaska” is a book your 3- to 6-year-old will want to see.