Book Briefs

‘Vegas Rag Doll’ appearance planned

"Vegas Rag Doll" author Wendy Mazaros is scheduled to sign books at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble in Henderson. For more on the author, visit

Date My Book night to pack in five-minute interactions

New to town? Want to meet people who love to read as much as you do? Then the Date My Book night scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson, may be just what you’re looking for. You will get five minutes to speak to each participant about what you like to read. Registration is required. Call 564-9261, and select option 5, or visit for details.

Authors to be featured at Bellagio

"The World of Las Vegas Dining" authors Laury and John Bakie are set to be featured during the book and food chat event "The Book and The Bakies" from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays in the Tutto store at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South. For details, visit theworldof

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

Black Mountain Institute selects Diana L. Bennett Fellows

The Black Mountain Institute’s 2012-13 Diana L Bennett Fellows have been selected. Green Valley resident Oksana Marafioti, author of "American Gypsy: A Memoir," has been selected as the BMI-Kluge Fellow. She plans to work on "Lady of the Rocky Steep," an autobiographical narrative cast as a work of fiction, set to explore the effects of Dvoeverie or "double faith" and folk belief on Soviet culture of the 20th century. In order to research mysticism and Russian history, Marafioti is scheduled to spend a semester at the Library of Congress’s Kluge Center.

Bennett Fellow Criselda Yabes plans to write a trilogy set on the three major islands of the Philippines, each with a point of view of a woman seeing both the destruction and little hopes for the country.

The nine-month fellowships are given to published writers to provide them with a stipend and an office to work on a project. Fellows speak about their work in a public forum, take part in institute programs and occasionally contribute as visitors to University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate classes.

For more information, visit black

Self-made man shares story in book

Darrell Knoch shares the tale of how a disfigured, abused and emotionally scarred boy, raised on welfare, rose in the business world and became a self-made multimillionaire in the book "Mastering a Healthy Self Image."

Knoch is scheduled to sign copies of his book from noon to 2 p.m. July 14 at the Book Boutique, 19 W. Pacific Ave. in Henderson. For more information, call 697-0001.

‘American Gypsy’ memoir launch to include music, dance and art

Enjoy an afternoon of Gypsy culture in celebration of the release of "American Gypsy: A Memoir" by Green Valley resident Oksana Marafioti from 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 14 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Rounding out the afternoon will be music by Valeria Sokolova, Albina Asryan and Hot Club of Las Vegas, dancers Zarin Standridge, Coral Citron and Amira, and work by artist Elena Pisnaya Wherry.

For more information, visit

Signing set for ‘The Consumer Learner’

Cheryl Lentz and Gillian Silver plan to sign copies of their book "The Consumer Learner" at 1 p.m. July 14 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. The book was recently named a finalist in the Education/Academic category of the 2012 Next Generational Indie Book Awards.

Lambda Literary Award-winner plans book signing

Jim Provenzano is scheduled to read from his fourth novel, the 2012 Lambda Literary Award-winning "Every Time I Think of You," and sign copies of his three previous novels at 5 p.m. July 14 at Get Booked, 4640 S. Paradise Road.

Author plans event for ‘Pool of Truth’

Local author R. J. Smith is slated to present his novel "Pool of Truth," which follows archaeologists on a quest for the lost Ark, from noon to 2 p.m. July 21 at the Book Boutique, 19 W. Pacific Ave. in Henderson. For more information, call 697-0001.

Carr Chat event to be conducted by guest interviewer Deborah Coonts

Henderson bestselling author Robyn Carr plans to let local author Deborah Coonts take the interviewer’s chair for her popular Carr Chat series’ July conversation.

Coonts, author of the Lucky O’Toole Las Vegas Adventures series, is scheduled to interview local showgirl-turned-author Vicki Pettersson at noon on July 20 in the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway.

For more information, visit

Comedian Cork Proctor plans charity book launch roast

A comedy roast and book launch for Cork Proctor’s "My Mind is an Open Mouth" is scheduled for 2 p.m. July 22 at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Proctor’s memoir takes readers through his sixty years as a stand-up comedian. Tickets for the event are $40 and will benefit Opportunity Village. For more information, call 880-4081 or visit

Kris Saknussemm to speak at Las Vegas Writers Group meeting

Author Kris Saknussemm, a recent Gallagher Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute, is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A $5 meeting fee is charged.

For more information on the group, visit

For more on the author, visit

Las Vegas Romance writers to welcome RM Sotera

RM Sotera plans to talk about handling rejection and believing in yourself at the Las Vegas Romance Writers meeting scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon July 21 in the Wengert Room at NV Energy, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. The public is welcome. For more information, visit

Green Valley Library’s Meet the Author program to feature Jonathan Sturak

Local Jonathan Sturak, author of "A Smudge of Gray: A Novel" and "Clouded Rainbow," is scheduled to meet with readers and sign copies of his books from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the library’s Meet the Author program. For more information, visit

Sci-fi author schedules visit

R.J. Archer, author of the sci-fi series Seeds of Civilization and Parallel Ops, is scheduled to sign books at 1 p.m. July 28 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble


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 coffee shop at 520 Fremont St. inside Emergency Arts. For details, 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.

Henderson Writers Group meets Mondays

The Henderson Writers Group meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 4550 S. Maryland Parkway on the second and fourth Mondays and at Saxbys Coffee Lounge, 72 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson, on the first, third and occasional fifth Mondays. Meetings are typically canceled on holidays.

Visit for more information. Meetings are open to the public.


Sunrise Coffee Co. welcomes poets and poetry fans to participate in its open mic night starting at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 3130 E. Sunset Road.


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 240-2665.

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


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 Cafe in Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St.

The library is still small, 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

Teen Writing Club plans meetings

A Teen Writing Club meets at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. The club schedules meetings every other month. For more information, call 207-4260.

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