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Book Briefs for April 23-29

Series to feature Anna Mae Zuccari

Anna Mae Zuccari, author of the children’s book “The Land of Cukoa: The Adventure of the Missing Cuckoo,” is scheduled to appear as part of the Henderson District Public Libraries READ Local Author Series from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit

Storyteller plans free lecture

Storyteller Binnie Wilkin, author of “African and African American Images in Newbery Award Winning Titles: Progress in Portrayals,” is scheduled to speak on code words in traditional spirituals during a free lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sun City MacDonald Ranch Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway.

The event, sponsored by the Henderson Gathering of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, is set to feature singing of classic spirituals and explanations of how they were more than slave songs, they were songs of freedom and escape. For more information, call 702-898-5732.

Pandering team detective to sign books

Metropolitan Police Department Pandering Investigative Team detective Chris Baughman plans to talk about and sign copies of his book “Off The Street: Redemption” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Kat Von D plans appearance

Tattoo artist Kat Von D is slated to sign copies of her book “Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Wristbands for a place in the signing line are to be given out beginning at 9 a.m.

StoryCorps trailer to be in Las Vegas through Saturday

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, sharing and preserving the stories of Americans from all backgrounds, is slated to record interviews in Las Vegas through Saturday as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.

StoryCorps’ MobileBooth, which is an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio, is set to be parked at Centennial Plaza, 401 S. Fourth St., for four weeks. Reservations can be made by calling 800-850-4406 or by visiting

Library to host Children’s Day/Book Day

El Dia De Los Ninos/El Dia De Los Libros, Children’s Day/Book Day, an afternoon of plays, music and crafts to encourage literacy in children of all languages and backgrounds, is scheduled from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The schedule includes children’s crafts from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., a performance by Ballet Folklórico Xyachimal’s child performers at 2:30 p.m., its junior performers at 3:30 p.m. and its master performers at 4:30 p.m. Puppet shows are scheduled at 3 and 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 702-492-6581.

Many Las Vegas-Clark County Library District locations also plan events Saturday. For a full schedule, visit

Panel discussion to include input from three former Nevada governors

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., is slated to host a panel discussion with former Nevada governors Bob List, Bob Miller and Richard Bryan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday . Miller is expected to sign copies of and share stories from his new book “Son of a Gambling Man.” Tickets are $10 for members and $19.95 for nonmembers. Tickets include admission to a reception set to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 702-229-2734.

Anthem author to sign book on surviving ‘Obamageddon’

Anthem-area author and former Libertarian candidate for president Wayne Allyn Root is scheduled to sign copies of his book “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: How to Survive, Thrive, and Prosper During Obamageddon” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Henderson Writers Group meetings set

The Henderson Writers Group meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays in room C-2 at Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave. Meetings are typically canceled on holidays. Visit henderson for more information.

Barnes & Noble to host writing group

The 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble hosts a writing critique group the fourth Monday of each month. The group is limited to the first 20 participants per meeting. Sign up at

Readers invited to Meet the Author event at Green Valley Library

Readers are invited to meet Margit Macchia, author of “Herzipinki: 7 Steps to Living a Life of Joy, Laughter and Happiness,” from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4 in the vestibule of the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit for details.

Sun City MacDonald Ranch plans book events

The Sun City MacDonald Ranch Literary Guild plans to host a book event for “Rogue Town,” written by Dennis Griffin and Vito Colucci, at 2 p.m. May 5 at the Willows Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway. The event is free and open to the public, and the onsite Willows restaurant is slated to offer a 20 percent discount to attendees on the day of the event. Other upcoming authors scheduled to visit the guild include Governor Bob Miller, who is scheduled to talk about his book “The Son of a Gambling Man” at 7 p.m. May 17 in the center’s ballroom. Henderson bestselling romance author Robyn Carr is scheduled to meet with the group at 2 p.m. June 9.

Las Vegas Writers plan program featuring Mercedes M. Yardley

Las Vegas writer Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the short story collection “Beautiful Sorrows” and a contributing editor for Shock Totem Magazine, is scheduled to speak on the pros and cons of publishing with a small press during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. May 16 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd.

A meeting fee of $5 is charged.

For more information, visit

Romance writers to welcome Joyce Brennan

Romance author Joyce Brennan is scheduled to speak on writing series or stand-alone novels at 10:30 a.m. May 18 during a meeting of the Las Vegas Romance Writers in the Wengert conference room in the NV Energy building, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. The meeting is scheduled to begin with club business at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

Library district to host storytelling festival

The Clark County Library District is scheduled to host the Bristlecone Storytelling Festival, a series of performances featuring Clark County School District fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grader students. Events are scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. May 13 and 14 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave.; May 14 and 15 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane; May 20 and 21 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.; and May 22 and 23 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave. For more information, visit

Author presents book on city’s early history

Local historian Linda MIller is scheduled to sign copies of “Early Las Vegas,” her book from the Images of America series, at 1 p.m. May 4 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Summerlin Library offers Readers and writers workshop series

A readers and writers workshop series sponsored by poet, editor and writer Barbara Miller is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. For more information, call 702-507-3866.

Fierce Reads 2013 Summer Tour plans Las Vegas stop

Authors Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Anna Banks and Emmy Laybourne are scheduled to visit at 7 p.m. June 5 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble as part of the Fierce Reads 2013 Summer Tour.

For more information about the tour, visit


The national StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative encourages people with memory loss to share their stories with loved ones and future generations. To make that task easier, a free step-by-step toolkit is available to download at

The Commemorate toolkit offers an individual reminiscence program that family members can initiate or memory loss care facilities can add to activities.

The initiative has collected more than 1,800 interviews with 180 partner organizations.

For more information, visit or call 646-723-7027.


Too busy to get out to book programs? The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has started posting videocasts and podcasts of many of its programs online. Selections available so far include: “An Afternoon with Tony Curtis,” John L. Smith’s presentation “Amelia’s Long Journey: The Challenge of Writing What You Know,” “Batman” movie producer Michael Uslan’s presentation at the 2009 Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival, Jami Carpenter’s “ABCs of Editing” workshop and Brian Rouff’s “Getting Published: A Long Strange Trip.” To access the programs, visit, select “Books, Movies & More” and then “Video and Podcasts.”

The Black Mountain Institute has offered recordings of its programming since 2006. To access recordings of a gamut of writers from E.L. Doctorow to Alissa Nutting, visit blackmountain and select “multimedia.”


Celebrity storytellers Oscar Goodman, Rita Rudner, Clint Holmes, Terry Fator, Carrot Top, The Scintas and others have donated their talents to the Clark County Education Association Community Foundation’s Read To Me program. Children can view more than 15 videos of celebrities reading books on the website at Stories also can be accessed by calling 702-240-2665.

Both databases are frequently updated with fresh stories. Parents and teachers can download lesson plans for each book on the website.


Polish up a poem or two and try them out at Human Experience, a free spoken word event, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in The Beat Coffeehouse inside Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St. For details, visit


Virtual Branch websites make it easy to browse, check out and download digital books and more to a home computer for free. All patrons need is a valid library card and an Internet-connected PC.

Virtual Branch download websites feature a digital catalog of downloadable audio books, e-books, music and video titles.

Each site is meant to look and feel like the library’s main site, and it has many easy-to-use features similar to an online store.

Digital book downloads are borrowed just like print materials. Once patrons select the title or author they want, they follow the steps to check out and then download the title to their home computer.

Patrons can transfer most titles to portable media players, such as MP3 players, PDAs, Kindles or smart phones.

Each title that is downloaded has a designated lending period. When the title expires, it is automatically returned to the Virtual Branch, so there are no late fees.

For more information, visit


Grab a cup of coffee and check out the independently crafted magazines at the Las Vegas Zine Library inside The Beat Coffeehouse in Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St.

The library is more of a collection on display for reference and on-site reading than a checkout repository. Contributions of zines are appreciated. For more information, visit

Browse rare books in new app

Searching for rare books? Now there’s an app for that. Bauman Rare Books, which has a shop in The Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, recently launched an app available on iTunes that allows readers to see new acquisitions, browse catalogs, view videos, make purchases and manage their personal accounts and share items via Twitter and Facebook. If you have $65,000 to spend on a first-edition “The Catcher in the Rye” signed by J.D. Salinger, the app has you covered. The catalog can also be perused at