When most people think about reading at church, usually only one book — the “Good Book” — comes to mind as acceptable to study and discuss at length.
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More than 60 authors responded when Henderson Libraries set out to seek interest in a Local Authors Showcase. To launch the new display, the library plans a meet-and-greet session and author panels March 8.
In “50 Shades of Grades: My Journey Through Wacademia,” Las Vegas author Andrew R. Nixon traces his life path beginning as a mediocre student and navigating through academia to obtain “the ultimate degree in education,” the Ph.D. Nixon was a reluctant student, hardly what he or his teachers considered university material. Yet, his father was determined to push him into college. When a classmate said she was going to Brigham Young University, Nixon devised a scheme to thwart his father’s wishes. For more information on the book, email email@example.com .
Literary highlights this week include book events for “If My Dirty Shoes Could Fly,” “Everyday Las Vegas” and “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match.”
Taken to Camp O’Donnell in the Philippines, nurses saved as many American lives as they could with the scant resources they had — despite that the nurses themselves suffered terribly from disease and starvation in the POW camps.
Summerlin-area resident Kenneth Ian Segel, a rabbi who trained at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, has served congregations around the United States and Canada. Recently Segel set his sites on teaching values through children’s literature with the release of two picture books. “The Amazing Sparkey,” illustrated by Amory Abbott, focuses on the antics of a dog named Sparkey, who can read, talk and even agrees to let the neighbor’s cat ride on his back in the pool. “A Big Decision,” illustrated by Sonny Heston, follows the adventures of 9-year-old Jake, who is known for the diligent care he gives to his menagerie of pets.
Imagine wading to school in snow that’s waist-high and having to build a fire when you got there. Imagine going outside to go to the bathroom, no matter what the weather. And then read “One Room Schools” by Susan Apps-Bodilly.
Literary highlights this week include a presentation by “The Aviator’s Wife” author Melanie Benjamin and events for David G. Schwartz’s book “Grandissimo: How Jay Sarno’s Wild Life Changed Las Vegas.” And don’t miss out on swapping book donations for show tickets with comedy magician Mac King.
Growing up during apartheid in South Africa, Richman Mahlangu discovered that his only way to escape government-sanctioned racism and poverty was to excel at tennis.
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It was a few days before Easter, 2010, and Church of South Las Vegas senior pastor Benny Perez’s life was at a high. His wife was pregnant and the church was prospering and poised for expansion. That’s when the storm hit. Perez lays out his troubles from the flatlining of his baby’s heartbeat during a routine ultrasound and the near loss of his wife to the financial crisis’ drag on the church and its members in “More: Discovering the God of More When Life Gives You Less.”
Literary highlights this week include presentations by columnist and author John L. Smith, ebook consultant Peggy Richardson and running author Helen Neville. Readers can also expect slides, video clips and a live golden eagle to supplement author Martin Tyner’s talk at UNLV.
Literary highlights this week include a Las Vegas Romance Writers Conference and a visit by author Leni Zumas, who is scheduled to speak as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series.
Patricia Hruby Powell’s children’s book “Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” is written almost like scat: quick lines, be-bopping here and shooby-loobing there, rising and falling as though Josephine Baker herself was singing the story. It’s infectious, even in the sad parts. Your little one might not notice that hoppity-bop but once you do, you won’t be able to not see it.
Stand-up comedian and casino host James Bean was “on the precipice” of suicide in the spring of 2004. “There I was, failed marriage, struggling father, floundering career in comedy, and absolutely no one to talk to,” he writes in his new book, “When the Humor is Gone.” Bean was well aware of the irony “of me being a comedian, bringing joy and laughter to so many when my own life was in turmoil and despair.”
It’s been four years since Sara Dobson’s husband, James, died from lung cancer. She feels his absence every day, but her life is full. Work and her connection to her four children and her grandchildren keep the 50-year-old widow going. While preparing for her youngest child’s 21st birthday, Sara rediscovers a side of herself she thought had died with James. Harboring secrets she can’t share for fear of hurting the people she loves, she turns in frustration to her grandfather clock, a 146-year-old heirloom she learns holds generations of her family’s darkest tragic secrets. Sara’s discovery is shared in Janet Coursey’s novel “The Secrets of Time,” which is set to be followed by “The Secrets of Time — Treasures of the Heart.” Coursey, who moved to Las Vegas in 1989 with the intention of opening a feed store, is a social media specialist for a local car dealership and is co-host of the radio show “Aspects of Writing” with James Kelly and Dana Micheli. The show is broadcast at 2 p.m. every other Tuesday and can be found at klav1230am.com. For more on the author, visit janetcoursey.com.
Looking for a basic intro to eliminating meat from your diet? You’ll find it in “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Going Vegetarian,” but there’s a lot of repetition to slog through to get it. That’s not to say that I didn’t like this book – because I did. It’s got humor, nutritional information, tips, and encouragement inside it, as well as argument-busters and a good section on eating disorders.
Literary highlights this week include a book tour visit from Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, and comedy-magician Mac King’s book drive. King plans to swap tickets to his show for donated books throughout February. The books will be given to local children during Kings Magical Literacy Tour.
Nevada National Guard soldier Adam Fenner and Lance Taubold will read an excerpt from their novel “On Two Fronts” and host a discussion with guests during a free public event at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway.
“I’m tired of ‘the bookstore is dead’ story,” said Ana DeVere, who owned Plaza Books, 7380 S. Eastern Ave, which closed in December. “I see a resurgence of the bookstore.” With the rise of e-readers and the presence of chain stores, bookstore owners know the value of holding a book, whether it’s a first-edition paperback or an out-of-print hardcover.
Literary highlights this week include the launch of comedy-magician Mac King’s book drive in anticipate of his Magical Literacy Tour. King plans to swap tickets to his show for donated books throughout February.
When things go wrong near the apartment complex at 399 Broadway, people attribute it to the rough neighborhood or the sour economy. What they don’t know is the neighborhood carries a curse from a “lustrous summer centuries before any European dared name the place Santa Monica Bay,” writes local author Eric James Miller in his novel “For Rent: Dangerous Paradise,“ the first in his planned For Rent mystery series.