Let’s get this out in the open: “Rusty Summer” is OK. A six out of 10, just slightly better than middling. In its favor, I liked the characters in this book; they’re all decent people, the kind you’d want in your corner. I was truly drawn to their good hearts. What I didn’t like was the overabundance of slang here.
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“A Sky of Diamonds” explains the basic grieving process through the eyes of a little girl who’s suffered a big loss.
Las Vegas literary happenings this week include the launch of library summer reading programs and a reading by Clark County’s First Poet Laureate.
Local high school history, English and government teacher David Bryant Perkins carved time out of his day between classes during lunch to work on “Hitler’s Astrologer.”
“Red Bird Bea: Lessons From Life” share’s Vee Allen’s life story.
Las Vegas literary happenings this week include the launch of library summer reading programs.
A book leads four youths on an out-of-body adventure in “The Trap.”
Las Vegas literary happenings this week include a presentation by Writer’s Block co-founders Scott Seeley and Drew Cohen on the independent bookseller’s mission and role in the community.
“Discovering Vintage Las Vegas: A Guide to the City’s Timeless Shops, Restaurants, Casinos & More” leads locals and tourists through the past and present at sites such as Frankie’s Tiki Room, the Gamblers General Store, Freed’s Bakery, the Guardian Angel Cathedral and more.
In the new book “Lizzie and the Last Day of School” by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Kris Aro McLeod, an ending is just a beginning.
Las Vegas literary happenings this week include a presentation by Easy Rawlins mystery series author Walter Mosley.
What happens when a celebration occurs and a child is absent the “right” parent to laud? Miriam B. Schiffer gives her main characters a nice fix for what could be an upsetting day in “Stella Brings the Family.”
Las Vegas native Cynthia Vespia spins a tale about an ex-Navy Seal searching for clues to mysterious deaths as a head of casino security in the thriller “Lucky Sevens.”
The story of a fictional family’s rise over three generations is shared in Las Vegas author Wes Davis’ novel “The Stanhope Legacy.”
Las Vegas literary happenings this week include the United Way Flip Through Summer Reading Kickoff.
Pick up your toys, please.
“This is the big event for the year and it just keeps getting bigger,” said Ralph Mathieu, owner of Alternate Reality Comics, 4110 S. Maryland Parkway. “There are a lot of great books this year.”
Las Vegas literary happenings this week include presentations by authors Jack Sheehan, Richard Silden and Nikkos Zorbas.
Sari Dennis conceived her children’s book, “My Little Dish, The Story of Your Creation Through In Vitro Fertilization,” in part to explain to her daughter, Rachel Lee, how she came to be.
Born a few days before the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began, Neil deGrasse Tyson likes to say he’s the same age as NASA. By the time he was 9 years old, he was “in love with the night sky” and at 11, he knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist.
Walter Mosley has written in about every genre, as well as numerous op-ed pieces. While not fond of labels, he just may be the perfect candidate to kick off The Jim Rogers Contrarian Lecture at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV May 7.
Benzena Brown’s “So I Will So I Can: Goal Achiever Journal for Teenagers and Young Adults Success” is designed to be an accessible place where young people can discover and record their goals.
Born into a well-to-do Connecticut family, Juliette Magill wanted more from life than most girls got in the early 1800s. Young women then were expected to stay home rather than attend school, but Juliette wanted an education. Her parents agreed and sent her to the Troy Female Seminary, which was one of America’s first schools for girls.