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Literary Las Vegas: Vanessa Chamberlin

In her book “The Fire Driven Life: How to Ignite the Fire of Self-Worth, Health, and Happiness with a Plant-Based Diet,” Las Vegas holistic health practitioner, lifestyle coach and boutique owner Vanessa Chamberlin encourages readers to embrace a PlantFire rainbow diet.

Literary Las Vegas: Michael Schall Johnson

In 1969, Las Vegas author and illustrator Michael Schall Johnson was pulling a telephone pole out of the Cheyenne River for the Mountain States Telephone company. As he winched the pole up a 30-foot cliff and dug it a new hole, he dreamed that he might dig up a strong box hidden by a gang of desperadoes. Now retired, Johnson revisited the area in his novel “The Bloody Road of Gold: Calamity, Wild Bill, Boone May, Courage and Romance in the Old West.” The book, which Johnson describes as “myths and truths intertwined,” follows Jack Neuman, a young man orphaned as a teen on his quest to discover the West. Visit

Letters to Rome find a home in new book

Out of the mouths of babes? I think so; the questions inside “Dear Pope Francis” are sweet and innocent, but heavy in nature and they may be issues that you wrestle with, too. That means you’ll likely enjoy what you read, just as much as your child will.

Literary Las Vegas: Wendy Bowles

Alarmed at childhood obesity rates and growing numbers of people with diabetes, certified nutritional consultant Wendy Bowles wrote the children’s picture book “Super Dandy’s Green Drink,” illustrated by Herb Russel

Literary Las Vegas: Julia Lee

Julia Lee, assistant professor of English at UNLV and author of "The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel," turns her attention to classic children's television in the book "Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals."