The mob museum to host Peter lance, author of ‘Deal with the devil’
Author Peter Lance is slated to deliver a presentation and sign his book “Deal With the Devil” at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave.
The presentation is free with paid museum admission, which is $19.95 with discounts for children, seniors, Nevada residents, teachers and more. For more information, visit themobmuseum.org.
Stu Michaels plans book signing
Local author Stu Michaels plans to sign copies of his memoir “You Can’t Make This Up! Cops, Crooks, and Celebrities from Brooklyn to Las Vegas” at 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.
Memoir-writing workshops slated
An ongoing series of free four-week memoir-writing workshops is scheduled from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays at the Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 S. Ninth St. The monthly series is slated to begin the first Friday of each month and continue weekly through the fourth Friday. For more information, call 702-382-9695.
Comic Book Festival to offer VIP package, original comic
Novelist and comic book writer Greg Rucka and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” artist Georges Jeanty are two of the many creators scheduled to participate in the annual Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest set for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The festival is free, but this year for $5 fans can upgrade by registering for a VIP package, which is to include a VIP badge, swag bag, preferred seating at panels, screenings and concerts and a limited-edition poster. For more information, visit vegasvalleycomicbookfestival.org.
Also tied to the festival is the release of “Tales From Lost Vegas,” an all-ages, full-color comic book to be packed with the work of Las Vegas talents — including Justin Ayers, Daniel Blodgett, Steve Benton, Kenneth Lamug and Jska Priebe — and published by local comic/graphic novel publisher Pop Goes the Icon. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the project can be found at tinyurl.com/lostvegascomic. Support levels begin at $5, which buys donors a digital copy of the comic, slated to be completed in time for the festival.
The initial goal has been met, but there’s still time for readers to contribute. The deadline for pledges is Aug. 4. For more information, visit popgoestheicon.com.
Fiction Writing in the Digital Age conference offers early registration
Writers of Southern Nevada is slated to put on a Fiction Writing in the Digital Age conference Oct. 11 and 12 at the Plaza, 1 S. Main St. Workshops are planned in the craft of writing for any media with an emphasis on the art of getting published in new mixed media. Conference registration is $250 through July 31 and $325 after.
For more information, visit nevadawriters.org.
Books adapted to film on display
Visitors can view a collection of first edition books that were adapted for movies Aug. 2-31 at Bauman Rare Books in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Highlights of the free exhibit include a first edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” priced at $23,000, a signed first edition of “Carrie” for $4,000, galley proofs from “Terms of Endearment” valued at $4,200, a signed first printing of “Gone With the Wind” for $20,000 and a first edition of “Call of the Wild” inscribed by Jack London to his mother, priced at $125,000.
The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit baumanrarebooks.com.
Maxwell Drake to host workshop
Local author Maxwell Drake plans to host a free writing workshop from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6107.
Sun City Writers Workshop welcomes public to seminar
The Sun City Summerlin Writers Workshop plans a free creative writing seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Sun Shadows Community Center, 8700 Del Webb Blvd.
The event is open to the public. Alyse Sweeney plans to present a program titled Drop Down and Write.
For more information, call 702-489-3305.
ALIANTE LIBRARY TO HOST WRITERS CLUB
The Aliante Library Writers Club is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Road. For more information, contact facilitator Glory Wade at email@example.com.
Summer reading program parties set
Families can celebrate the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Club Read summer reading program’s end at events scheduled at 4 p.m. July 31 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave; 4 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave.; noon Aug. 3 at the Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North; 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive; and 3 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave.
For more information, visit lvccld.org.
Library to host blowout book sale
The second annual Centennial Hills Library End-of-Summer Blowout Book Sale is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 at the 6711 N. Buffalo Drive library. Organizers expect to offer thousands of gently used hardcovers, paperbacks and children’s books. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6107.
Patrick Cristobal to sign new book
Local author Patrick Cristobal is slated to sign copies of his books “Momentaer” and “The Orbiter” at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.
Signings set for ‘Ripper: A Love Story’
Local authors Lance Taubold and Richard Devin are set to sign copies of their historic novel “Ripper: A Love Story” at 1 p.m. Aug. 10 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.
The authors are also set to meet with readers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the READ Local Author Series. USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham is slated to join them at their author table.
Visit mypubliclibrary.org for more information.
Journalists to present ‘The Boston Mob Guide’
Beverly Ford and Stephanie Schorow are set to sign copies of their book “The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums and Hideouts” from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 at the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave. The veteran journalists plan a presentation with stories behind the book from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 17. The presentation is free with paid museum admission, which is $19.95 with discounts for children, seniors, Nevada residents, teachers and more. For more information, visit themobmuseum.org.
Eric J. Miller to speak at Las Vegas Writers Group
Las Vegas writer Eric J. Miller, author of the soon-to-be released “For Rent: Dangerous Paradise” and the road trip comedy “The Metaphysics of Nudity,” is scheduled to deliver a presentation titled “Early Lessons of a Newbie e-Pubber” during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A meeting fee of $5 is charged. Visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers for more information.
Romance writers to welcome speaker
Diane Clough is set to share tax tips for writers during a Las Vegas Romance Writers meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Downtown Project construction site, 117 S. Seventh St. For more information, visit lasvegasrwa.org.
Professor explores immigration reform through insect analogies
First-generation U.S. citizen Peter Okeleke Nzeogwu, who goes by Peter On, is scheduled to present his humorous take on immigration reform, “The House of Bug Representatives and Bug Immigration Reform,” during a meet the author event scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the lobby of the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. On, the MBA program director and a professor of economics at Roseman University of Health Sciences-Henderson, explores immigration reform using insect analogies.
For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.org.
Red Hot Romance Writers event slated
Meet 11 authors affiliated with Entangled Publishing during a free event titled Red Hot Romance Writers Galore! scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road . Scheduled to appear are: Gina L. Maxwell, Jade Lee, Tonya Burrows, Paula Altenburg, Misty Dietz, Chloe Jacobs, Inara Scott, Seleste DeLaney, Callie Hutton, Angela McCallister and Lisa Kessler. A book signing and reception are set to follow the presentation. For more information, visit lvccld.org.
Vegas Valley Book Festival announces headliners, seeks volunteers
The 2013 Vegas Valley Book Festival is slated for Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 at venues throughout Las Vegas. Festival headliners include Catherine Coulter, Luis Alberto Urrea and Walter Dean Myers.
For information on the festival schedule or to register as a potential festival volunteer, visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org.
Author series to feature Vicki-Ann Bush
Vicki-Ann Bush, author of “Winslow Willow the Woodland Fairy” and “The Queen of It,” is scheduled to participate in the Reader Meet the Author program at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.org.
Readers invited to meet Jennifer AlLee
Readers are invited to meet local author Jennifer AlLee, author of the novel “Diamond in the Rough,” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in the lobby of the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the READ Local Authors Series. For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.org.
John “JT the Brick” Tournour shares life story in new memoir
Sports radio personality John “JT the Brick” Tournour is scheduled to sign copies of his memoir “The Hand-Off: A Powerful Story of Two Guys, Sports, and Friendship” at 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.
Evening with Gov. Bob Miller scheduled
Las Vegas Review-Journal political columnist Steve Sebelius is scheduled to interview former Gov. Bob Miller about Miller’s memoir “Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor’s Mansion” at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, as part of a Vegas Valley Book Festival preview event. A book signing and reception are slated to follow the discussion. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3400.
Reader series to feature Sean Hoade
Sean Hoade plans to read passages from and sign copies of his works from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 in the rotunda of the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the Reader Meet the Author program. For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.org.
Comedy historian to speak
Darryl Littleton, author of “Black Comedians on Comedy,” “Comediennes: Laugh Be a Lady” and executive producer of the documentary “Why We Laugh,” is scheduled to discuss the history of comedy at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. The event is set to include a question-and-answer session and a live comedy show. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3989.
Undercover operative to speak on infiltrating Hells Angels
Jay Dobyns is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. and sign copies of his book, “No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels,” from 8 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave. In addition to his groundbreaking work in Hells Angels, Dobyns has infiltrated street and prison gangs, gun-running groups, drug-trafficking organizations, bomb makers and home invasion crews. Tickets for Dobyns’ presentation are $15 for museum members and $20 for nonmembers. To make reservations, call 702-229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.com.
Morgan St. James to speak at Las Vegas Writers Group
Morgan St. James, co-author of the Silver Sisters Mystery series and the newly released true-crime novel “La Bella Mafia,” is scheduled to share tips on tight writing during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A meeting fee of $5 is charged. Visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers for more information.
SUN CITY MACDONALD RANCH plans events
The Sun City MacDonald Ranch Literary Guild plans to take the summer off and return with events at the Desert Willow Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, featuring Beverly Washburn, author of the memoir “Reel Tears,” scheduled for Sept. 8; and Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei, author of “House Party Tonight” a biography of saxophonist Don Hill, for Oct. 13.
Signing set for ‘It Took a Bullet’
Claudia Bowker is set to sign copies of her book “It Took a Bullet” at 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.
Explore fan fiction at free workshop
Librarian Susan M. Williams and writer/educator James L. Kring plan to lead a workshop on fan fiction using examples of tales based on Joss Whedon’s television show “Firefly,” “Star Trek” and “Jane Austen” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3866.
Signing set for ‘The Silent Partner’
Terrence King is scheduled to sign copies of his novel “The Silent Partner” at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.
Hiking author plans presentation
Local hiking expert and author Branch Whitney is set to talk about his book “Hiking Las Vegas” at 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6036.
Author to host writing workshops
Local author Maxwell Drake plans to host a writing workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6107.
Richard Wiley to release new novel
UNLV professor Richard Wiley, whose books include “Soldiers in Hiding,” “Fools’ Gold,” “Festival for Three Thousand Maidens” and “Commodore Perry’s Minstrel Show,” is scheduled to speak as part of a Black Mountain Institute event at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in Greenspun Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Wiley is slated to read from his newest novel, “The Book of Important Moments,” to be published in September. For more information, visit blackmountaininstitute.org.
Library to mark Banned Books Week with Uncensored Voices event
In recognition of Banned Books Week, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans to team with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada for Uncensored Voices: Celebrating the Freedom to Read scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Las Vegas Review-Journal political columnist Steve Sebelius is slated to moderate the evening of readings and debate on censored books. A reception is set to follow the program. For more information, visit lvccld.org.
Historian plans workshop on preserving personal history
University of Nevada, Las Vegas oral historian Barbara Tabach, the author of “545 Life Prompts” and “LifeCatching: The Art of Saving and Sharing Memories,” is scheduled to lead a workshop on preserving personal and community memories from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3982.
Parenting book event slated
Linda Herman, author of the self-help book “Parents to the End,” is slated to sign books at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.
Justin Torres to be featured at Emerging Writers Series event
Justin Torres, author of the coming-of-age novel “We The Animals,” is slated to speak as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate served as a 2010-12 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and as a 2012-13 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.
For more information, visit blackmountaininstitute.org.
Progress is theme for this year’s Las Vegas Writes Project
Editor Scott Dickensheets rounded up a cast of contributors such as novelist and memoirist Kris Saknussemm, horror writer Rena Mason, journalists Geoff Carter and Henry Brean and writer Sarah Jane Woodall to provide original essays and short fiction on the theme of progress for the 2013 Las Vegas Writes anthology, the fifth in a series of annual books showcasing the city’s literary talents in cooperation with the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Anthology contributors are slated to participate in a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. For more information, visit lvccld.org or vegasvalleybookfestival.org.
Black Mountain Institute fellowships slated to begin in late August
The Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ 2013-14 fellow are slated to take their posts in late August.
Historian/reporter Sally Denton has been named the BMI-Kluge Fellow. Her fellowship is a partnership between BMI and the Library of Congress, where Denton is expected to spend some of her residency doing research for future projects. Denton is the author of seven books, including “The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America” and “American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows.”
Matthew Davis, author of “When Things Get Dark: A Mongolian Winter’s Tale,” a memoir of his time as a Peace Corps volunteer, has been named a Diana L. Bennett Fellow.
Syrian poet, translator and scholar Abed Ismael has been named a City of Asylum writer in residence. The City of Asylum program provides a safe haven for writers at risk of persecution, imprisonment or assassination.
All three writers are slated to work in offices provided by the university, participate in BMI programs and potentially visit UNLV classrooms throughout their fellowships spanning from late August to mid-May. For details, visit blackmountaininstitute.org.
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 hendersonwritersgroup.com 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 meetup.com/las-vegas-creative-writing-class.
FREE READ TO ME PROGRAM OFFERS STORIES ONLINE AND BY PHONE
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 readtomelv.com. 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.
SHARE POEMS AT HUMAN EXPERIENCE
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 lasvegaspoets.org.
DOWNLOAD BOOKS AND MORE FROM YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY
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 search.overdrive.com.
ZINE LIBRARY OPEN IN EMERGENCY ARTS
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 lvzinelibrary.blogspot.com.
FREE STORYCORPS TOOLKIT HELPS COLLECT MEMORIES
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 storycorps.org/mli.
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 storycorps.org or call 646-723-7027.
ACCESS RECORDED BOOK PROGRAMS ONLINE
Too busy to get out to book programs? The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has started posting videos 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 lvccld.org, 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 institute.org and select “multimedia.”