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It’s Christmas Eve, a quarter to ten, and Spark Elf is getting antsy. In just two hours, he and his fellow elves Bobbin and Nutshell will help Santa deliver presents. The reindeer are ready, the sleigh is full, and because he feels “so good,” Spark snaps an elfie.
Literary happenings this week include the a Holiday Authorfest.
“Part memoir, part travelogue, half serious, mostly true” reads the description on the cover of Stefany Holmes’ “Gone With the Whim: Leaving the Bible Belt for Sin City.”
In the new book “Firebird” by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers, a young girl learns to replace the word “can’t” with one that strengthens as she learn the story of a child who wanted to dance among the stars.
Literary happenings this week include opening previews of The Writer’s Block and the annual Library Tree Lane Gala to support Henderson Libraries.
Shopping, romance, bucket lists, inspiration and information: All of these things and more can be found in books for travelers that are out this season in time for the holidays. In addition to being gift-worthy, some of the titles make a nice addition to your own coffee-table collection; others are useful for trip planning or may serve as fodder for travel dreams.
If your image of a library director is of a dour, constantly shushing party poop, Ron Heezen is sure to disappoint. He’s a friendly guy with a self-effacing manner and a wry sense of humor.
Friends of Henderson Libraries are set to continue their literary support this holiday season with the 11th annual Library Tree Lane fundraiser and gala.
In local author Sean Dow’s thriller “Debridement,” a doctor sued for malpractice takes extreme action to stop an unscrupulous attorney.
Literary happenings this week include a poetry performance by Lee Mallory and signings for “Love: The Saint and the Seeker,” “Discovering Vintage Las Vegas,” “Zodaccia: Realms of Chaos” and “Nemesis.”
Yes, “The Great Thanksgiving Escape” is a kids’ book, but I absolutely loved the imaginations and the naughty glee that author-illustrator Mark Fearing gives his main characters.
In the new book “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, with pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, you’ll read about a girl who’s just like other girls … only different. That’s because Jazz has “a girl brain but a boy body.”
Literary happenings this week include a Las Vegas Writers Group meeting featuring Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. Fellow in Literature Olivia Clare and a Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus gala presenting Ayaan Hirsi Ali with a Pursuit of Excellence Award.
“Zodaccia: Realms of Chaos,” a fantasy book by Las Vegas author Justin Hill, introduces readers to a war between good and evil in a realm invisible to the human eye in a reality parallel but separate from Earth. Hill plans to sign copies of the book at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble. An excerpt of the book can be found at zincreality.com.
Las Vegas author Robert Waters drew on years of law enforcement work to write “The Case That Would Not Close.”
It was 1942, and the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. America entered World War II soon after, which meant plenty of discrimination for Japanese-Americans like the Itanos. Tomi, Hiro and their older brother Roy had been born in America, but that didn’t seem to matter to many in their California town.
Literary happenings this week include signings by Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck and an event featuring a conversation between Stephen Greenblatt and Geraldine Brooks.
If you’re unswayed by unapologetic graphic violence, Las Vegas-based writer Gina Pearl is ready to take you on an insane ride through the eyes of a trio of trained killers as they battle to escape the control of a demon.
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.
From Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell to Brooke Shields and George W. Bush, the holiday season promises bookcases full of choices for avid readers.