Lineup of 2016 Vegas Valley Book Festival events

Here are a few of the attractions and speakers scheduled for the 15th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival. Most events take place in and around the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., and all are free and open to the public.

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(Unless otherwise noted, all events listed here take place at the Historic Fifth Street School)


7 p.m. After Dark poetry reading with Joanne Kyger, Claudia Keelan, Erica Vital-Lazare and Hanna Andrews, The Writers’ Block, 1020 Fremont Street.


10 a.m. Character meet-and-greet with characters from Scholastic and PBS, Story Time Tent

10 a.m. Techniques for Creative and Beautiful Lettering, with Las Vegas Scribes, Room 140

10:45 a.m. Reading of “Where’s Walrus? And Penguin?” with Stephen Savage, Story Time Tent

11 a.m. “Witches In Our Midst: Salem 1692” with Stacy Schiff, auditorium

11 a.m. “Into Congo with the Bonobos” with Eliot Schrefer, National Book Award winner and author of “Endangered,” Room 125

1 p.m. “Seekers, Saints & Scoundrels of Red Rock” with Sharon Schaff, Chuck Williams and Norm Kresge, exploring the history of Red Rock Canyon, Tent 2

1 p.m. Student Spark Poetry, Tent 3

1:45 p.m. “Meet the Moodys — Judy and Stink” with Megan McDonald, Story Time Tent

2 p.m. “Shadows of a Promised Land: Mob, Myth and the Making of the Las Vegas Identity” with Sally Denton, Michael Green, Geoff Schumacher and Greg Blake Miller, Tent 2

2 p.m. “Reading the Rainbow: How You Can Be Part of the LGBTQ Diversity in YA” with Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy and Andre Wade, Tent 1

2 p.m. “Red Platoon, a True Story of American Valor” with Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha, auditorium

2 p.m. “Doom Towns: Creating a Graphic History of Atomic Testing” with Andrew Kirk, Room 140

3 p.m. “Books to Big Screen/TV” with Alisa Valdes and CL Gaber, Tent 3

3 p.m. “Why Crime Fiction: The Dark Pleasures, Risks and Rewards of Writing in This Genre” with Jim Nisbet, Thomas Perry, Chris Pavone and Jo Perry, auditorium

3:15 p.m. “Are My Eyes Playing Tricks?” a presentation by the Discovery Museum, Children’s Main Stage

4 p.m. “Longmire and Me” with Craig Johnson, auditorium

5:30 p.m. After Dark readings and conversations begin with Geoff Dyer, 5:30 p.m.; followed by Adam Johnson, 6:30 p.m.; and Katherine Boo, 7:30 p.m., Inspire Theater, 107 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Kids become firefighters at Fire Station 98 open house
Henderson residents wore fire hats, learned about CPR and met firefighters at the Fire Station 98 open house Saturday, August 11, 2018. (Marcus Villagran Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
People from all over the world attend RollerCon 2018
RollerCon 2018 is a five-day convention focused on the roller derby community and culture at Westgate in Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Las Vegas police officer on being PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door
Las Vegas police officer David Anthony talks vegan lifestyle and how he feels about being voted PETA's sexiest Vegan next door from his home on Monday, July 9, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas
Over 40,000 People Attend The 4th Of July Parade In Summerlin In Las Vegas. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Bark-Andre Furry meets Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog
Two of NHL's furriest fans met at the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 18, 2018, in Las Vegas. Vegas Golden Knights superfan Bark-Andre Furry and Washington Capitals superfan Ovie the Bulldog shared a plate of meatballs and spaghetti with help from Logan, "The Girl with the Hat." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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