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Las Vegas Book Briefs for Sept. 3-9, 2015

Henderson Writer’s Group president to lead series

The Creative Writing @ Your Library: Fiction Writing series facilitated by Henderson Writer’s Group president Gregory A. Kompes is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month Sept. 1 through Dec. 15 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Topics to be discussed include settings, characters, dialogue and editing. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

Museum helps promote library card campaign

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the National Atomic Testing Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road, have teamed up to present Love your Library? Tell a Friend!, a library card sign-up campaign that runs throughout September. Patrons who sign up for a card or “like” the library on Facebook will earn a chance to win “100 Suns,” a coffee table book by Michael Light featuring nuclear photographs from 1945-62. Library card holders can also get a $4 discount on admission to the museum. Visit lvccld.org or nationalatomictestingmuseum.org.

Writer Vu Tran to speak at UNLV

UNLV Ph.D. graduate Vu Tran is slated to speak as part of the Black Mountain Institute Alumni Reading Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in room 101 in the Rogers Literature & Law Building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

UNLV associate professor to chat about sex and law book

UNLV associate professor Lynn Comella, co-editor of “New Views on Pornography, Sexuality, Politics, and the Law,” is set to speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Signing set for ‘Writings of Ben the Wonder Dog’

Local author Beverly Crandall plans to sign copies of her book “Writings by Ben the Wonder Dog” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 5 at BooksOrBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road., Suite R.

Leone Cafe to host signing

Local author Stephen Murray plans to sign copies of his novel “The Chapel of Eternal Love” from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at Leone Cafe in Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart St., Suite 10165.

Local author plans signing near Area 51

Local author Vicki-Ann Bush plans to read from and sign her new sci-fi book “Room 629” at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Little A’Le’Inn, 9631 Old Mill St. in Alamo, near Area 51.

Authors to share travel tales

Local writer Launce Rake is set to team with Brendan Shanahan, who is the Sydney- and Las Vegas-based author of the travel books “Mr. Snack and the Lady Water,” “The Secret Life of the Gold Coast” and “In Turkey I am Beautiful,” for an evening of travel stories from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Event scheduled for ‘Firewalker’

Best-selling author Josephine Angelini is slated to read from and sign copies of her new young adult fantasy “Firewalker” at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Poetry to be featured at 5/5+

Poets are invited to share original work for five minutes followed by attendees offering comments for five minutes during 5/5+, a workshop series put on by Nick Marco, Lana Hanson and Lee Mallory, scheduled every two weeks at BooksOrBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R. The next session is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6. Call 702-754-5971, email jtjmarco@live.com, raisewomenup@gmail.com or leewmallory3@gmail.com or search for 5/5+ on Facebook.

Professor to explore author Jane Austen’s works in film

UNLV English professor Timothy Erwin is set to show where filmmakers have been happiest adapting the texts of Jane Austen for the big screen during a free lecture scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the auditorium of the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unlv.edu.

Mob enforcer, author to speak at museum

John Alite, who collaborated with George Anastasia to publish the book “Gotti’s Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti and the Demise of the American Mafia,” is slated to speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Mob Museum, 300 Steward Ave. The event is free with museum admission. Visit themobmuseum.org.

Poets to speak at The Writer’s Block

Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. fellow Jamison Crabtree, author of the poetry collection “Rel[am]ent,” and local poet Noah Cicero, author of “Bipolar Cowboy,” a book of love poems tinged in madness, are slated to speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Lee Mallory heads up Sevens Live!

Poet Lee Mallory plans to present Sevens Live!, a new poetry, music and comedy showcase, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays inside the Cantina at the Silver Sevens, 4100 Paradise Road. Admission is free with a one-drink minimum. Call 702-733-7300.

‘Annagram’ author to speak

Las Vegas author Roxanne Angelie San Jose plans to speak about her new fantasy novel “Annagram” during a meeting of the Neon Galaxy Fantasy & Science Fiction Club scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit roxannesanjose.wix.com/roxanneasanjose.

Clark County poet laureate to host free workshop

Clark County’s new poet laureate, Bruce Isaacson, plans to conduct a free workshop on the subject of beatnik poetics at 2 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. Registration is required by emailing poetlaureateclarkcounty@cox.net. Isaacson studied under Allen Ginsberg and knew other beat poets, such as Gregory Corso and Diane di Prima. Isaacson also plans to lead a series of open readings at the center at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, except for the third Friday. Visit clarkcountynv.gov.

Author to share bike ride book

“Best Bike Rides Las Vegas” author Paul W. Papa is set to speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Library to host writing coach workshops

Writing coach Liz Ozi plans to work with writers in free workshops scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 12 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

‘Papa’s Gift’ author to sign at store

Local author George A. McLendon is set to sign his metaphysical novel “Papa’s Gift” at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

‘Nemesis’ author plans events

Local author Eddie Lee is scheduled to speak as part of the Desert Author Series from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Visit lvccld.org. Lee also plans to sign copies of his science fiction thriller “Nemesis” at 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Maxwell Alexander Drake to offer free writing workshops

Local author Maxwell Alexander Drake plans to conduct a free writing workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6107.

Black Mountain Institute series to feature Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of the short story collection “Night at the Fiestas,” is set to read as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Rogers Literature & Law Building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Valdez Quade was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” and is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

Stephanie Greenhalgh to speak to writers group

Local author Stephanie Greenhalgh is scheduled to speak about polishing stories during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A $5 meeting fee is charged. Visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers. For more on Greenhalgh, visit stephaniegreenhalgh.com.

‘Night of the Fiestas’ author to read

“Night of the Fiestas” author Kristin Valdez Quad is set to read from her story collection from 8 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Romance writers to meet at library

A meeting of the Las Vegas Romance Writers is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit lvrwa.org.

Library to host publishing workshop

A free workshop on publishing options for authors led by local publisher Jo Wilkins is scheduled from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-3458.

Crystal Bookmark Award nominations requested

The public is invited to submit nominations for the 2015 Vegas Valley Book Festival Crystal Bookmark Awards through 5 p.m. Sept. 24. The annual awards honor a Southern Nevada individual and an organization for advancing the cause of literature in the Las Vegas Valley. Nominations can be submitted at vegasvalleybookfestival.org/crystal-bookmark-nomination-form, or forms may be requested by phone at 702-229-5902.

City of Asylum writer to share stories of censorship

Black Mountain Institute City of Asylum resident writer Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar is scheduled to share a night of discussion with readers through an interpreter as part of a program titled Unsilenced: Censorship, Iran and the Contemporary Novelist in Exile from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. A reception is slated to follow the discussion. Visit lvccld.org.

US Poet Laureate to visit Nevada State College

United States Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is set to speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the new theater at Nevada State College, 1125 Nevada State Drive. This will mark Herrera’s Nevada debut after being appointed the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in June. All events, including a poetry workshop to be scheduled at the location, will be free and open to the public. The program is part of the Poets of National Stature program initiated by Bruce Isaacson, Clark County’s first Poet Laureate. Visit clarkcountynv.gov.

Author Mary Elizabeth to sign ‘Discovery Island’

Local author Mary Elizabeth is set to sign her book “Discovery Island: The Last Journey” at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Author to speak about self-defense

“Bright Lights, Dark Places” author Debra Gauthier is set to speak about self-protection and awareness for women from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

Jullian Lauren to talk about memoir

Jullian Lauren, author of the memoir “Everything You Ever Wanted” is set to speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Library to host Banned Books Week program

Fight censorship and celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 3. Locally, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius is set to moderate as a panel of educators and experts discuss the current state of censorship in Nevada during an event scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org.

Black Mountain Institute series to feature Lucas de Lima

Poet Lucas de Lima is set to read as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Rogers Literature & Law Building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

Star Wars Reads Day set for Oct. 10

Jedi Scouts, a nonprofit organization that brings children together to explore the values found in Star Wars, plans to team with BooksOrBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R, to host Star Wars Reads Day activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10. A portion of sales that day will benefit Jedi Scouts and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Visit booksorbooks.com.

Free novel writing class offered at Green Valley

Author Sean Hoade plans a free novel writing class from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Participation is free, but registration is required. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

Vegas Valley Book Festival speakers announced

Brad Meltzer and Colum McCann have been selected to be keynote speakers for this year’s Vegas Valley Book Festival, Oct. 15-17.

Meltzer, author of “The Inner Circle,” “The Book of Fate” and seven other best-selling thrillers, is set to open the festival Oct. 7 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

McCann is the author of two story collections and six novels, including the National Book Award-winning “Let the Great World Spin.”

Other festival events are set to include vendor booths, panel discussions, readings and workshops for adults, teens and children. All events are free. Volunteers are needed. Visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org.

Aliante Library to offer writers club

The Aliante Library Writers Club is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Way. Email facilitator Glory Wade at glorywadewriter@gmail.com.

Share poems at Human Experience

Polish up a poem or two and try them out at Human Experience, a free spoken word event scheduled from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. Participants 18 or older are welcome. Visit facebook.com/humanexperiencelasvegas.

Arts Center to host Poets Corner

The West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., plans to host poets corner readings with Keith Brantley at 7 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month. Call 702-229-4800.

Science fiction and fantasy writing group underway

Readers, writers and editors of science fiction and fantasy are invited to check out a new group scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Saturdays in meeting room two at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Call 702-334-0204.

UNLV writers welcome all to Neon Lit

Neon Lit, a public reading featuring writers from UNLV’s Master of Fine Arts and Ph.D. writing programs, is scheduled the fourth Friday of most months at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., No. 100. Visit neonlit.org.

Barnes & Noble to host writing group

The 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble plans to host a writing critique group at 5:15 p.m. 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.

Henderson Writers Group meetings set

The Henderson Writers Group plans to meet 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.

Memoir-writing workshops slated

An ongoing series of free four-week memoir-writing workshops is scheduled at noon Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays at the Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 S. Ninth St. Four-week sessions are set to begin the first week of every month. Call 702-382-9695.

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