It’s been a big year, Nevada. You’ve celebrated the 150th anniversary of statehood throughout 2014, and as ever plenty of books were published that attempt to capture your irascible spirit. Those books are sure to spark debate and make memorable Christmas gifts.
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Jewish teen Faye Schulman was orderd to take photos for the Nazis during the Holocaust, documenting their death ditches and other atrocities. Little did they know that she made copies and hid them away so the world would one day know what had happened. It is stories such as these that Sun City Summerlin resident Joanne Gilbert documents in her book, “Women of Valor: Polish Resisters to the Third Reich.” An author reception is planned Nov 16 at the Sperling Kronberg Mack Holocaust Resource Center.
Literary happenings this week include signings by rock legend Gene Simmons, Gina Moreno Wilson, Steven Grogan, Rena Kopstenski and Nancy Nelson.
Don’t think that this book is only filled with gratuitous farts-are-funny pages. Yes, there’s that in here, but it also aims to inform. Kids who read this book will learn a thing or two about biology, and they’ll be delighted by the accompanying giggle-making illustrations.
The oral histories of 11 women who worked in the hotel, gaming or entertainment industry are at the core of UNLV professor Joanne L. Goodwin’s “Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990.”
From Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell to Brooke Shields and George W. Bush, the holiday season promises bookcases full of choices for avid readers.
The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge.
The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival offers both fans and potential fans a survey of all things comics, including the chance to meet creators, attend workshops, watch tutorials, buy collectibles, and even watch live performances.
“There has long been a need for a reference, written in plain English, from which ordinary men and women can get answers about how the divorce process works in Nevada and what to expect,” writes attorney Marshal S. Willick.
You probably wouldn’t think that an alphabet book could be for older kids but “M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley definitely is. Small, sensitive children may run, screaming, into a bedtime full of nightmares after they see what’s inside this book. The artwork is incredible but it works its magic entirely too well for little ones.
Literary happenings launching this week include a BooksorBooks author event, the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival and National Novel Writing Month.
In honor of Make A Difference Day on Oct. 25, Henderson View set out to profile individuals and organizations dedicated to making a difference in Henderson and its surrounding communities. A desire to advance literacy is the mission of at least two Henderson-based organizations.
Las Vegas historian Eugene P. Moehring examines Reno and Las Vegas from the postwar decades through today with an emphasis on 1970-2014 in “Reno, Las Vegas, and the Strip: A Tale of Three Cities.”
Could it be true that lifelong readers and lifelong foodies both need to start early in their passions? I’ll bet it is – which is why “How to Bake a Book” could be a good addition to your (pretend) kitchen.
Literary happenings this week include an appearance by astronaut author Chris Hadfield and events for “The Chapel of Eternal Love,” “Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph,” “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors” and the Moon Wolf Saga books.
The roster of celebrities who aren’t technically authors but who have dipped a pen into the world of children’s and young adult literature is long and getting longer all the time. Among the latest: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
Part memoir, part self-help book, Dan Mager hopes his book, “Some Assembly Required: A Balanced Approach to Recovery from Addiction and Chronic Pain,” “will have value for anyone struggling.”
Someday, the planet on which you’re standing will be yours. That means you probably want to take good care of it and of the other people who’ll own it, too. No doubt, you’ve got some awesome (and very unique) ideas on how to do that. And if not — well, why not learn from kids who’ve done something for the Earth?
Literary events this week include Scott Dickensheet’s visit to the Las Vegas Writers Group, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, a memoir-writing workshop by Joanne D. Gilbert and a signing for the biography “Tony Sacca: Las Vegas Ambassador of Entertainment A 50 Year Journey.”
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, which kicks off its 13th edition Thursday in downtown Las Vegas and at the Clark County Library is a three-day celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is scheduled to include participation by more than 165 authors, with more than 100 separate events, including panel discussions, readings, book signings, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and author presentations.
Ralph Mathieu is owner of Alternate Reality Comics, one of the most popular shops in Las Vegas. Nestled in a plaza across the street from UNLV’s campus, Alternate Reality has been a go-to haunt for comics enthusiasts for more than a decade.
You’ve looked high and low.