Book Briefs

Library to welcome
‘Bright Lights, Dark Places’ author

Summerlin author Debra Gauthier, author of “Bright Lights, Dark Places,” plans to greet readers from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, call 207-4260.

John A. Andrews plans signings

John A. Andrews plans to sign copies of his books “When The Dust Settles – I Am Still Standing,” “Dare To Make A Difference: Success 101 For Teens” and “Rude Buay” at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Event set for Hollywood book

California radio and television personality Manny Pacheco plans to sign copies of his book “Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Signing set for local biography

Elaine McNamara plans to sign copies of her biography “In the Midst of Cowboys, Crooners and Gangsters” at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.


Learn how to write your family history, an autobiography or develop your general writing skills during a Family Legacy Workshop planned for 1 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive.

Author Linda Weaver Clarke is set to lead the workshop.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is not required.

For more information, call 507-6100.

Green Valley Library to welcome career strategies author

PJ Sheldon plans to discuss her book “Career Strategies for Success” at 10 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, call 207-4260.

Library to host
family literacy project

The Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, plans to host “Read. Play. Grow. A Family Literacy Project,” a six-week program designed to help families improve literacy skills. Participants must complete a nomination form and be scheduled for the program before attending. Sessions are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17, 24 and 31 and Feb. 7, 14 and 21.

For more information, visit or call 207-4260.

Ms. China plans author interview

Ms. China plans to interview Toni T. Ellis, author of “Baby Girl’s Mirror,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 14 at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Visit for details.


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.

1/12/2012 • 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Windmill Library

Room: Conference Room

Meet the Author: Mike Graf

Author Mike Graf will be presenting realistic fiction writing tips and techniques as well as stories and information from his national park adventure novels, Adventures with the Parkers. Be prepared to learn about our great national parks and get ideas for your next story or book. Ages 8 and up.

at summerlin library

A writers workshop is planned from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. The scheduled guest speaker is poet and writing teacher Barbara Miller. The workshop will meet in the conference room and is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-3866.


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 more information, visit

Henderson Writers Group
meets Mondays

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

Meetings are open to the public.

Las Vegas Writers Conference scheduled for April 19-21

The Las Vegas Writers Conference is scheduled for April 19-21 at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway. Registration for the full conference is $450. One-day registration also is available.

Faculty scheduled to participate in the conference includes: authors Kirt Hickman, Eva Shaw, Randall Platt and Kathleen Shaputis; literary agents Mary Kole, Lauren Ruth, Rita Rosenkranz, Jeff Kleinman, Malaga Baldi and Angie Rasmussen; editors Chuck Sambuchino, Annette Rogers and Chris Roerden and publishers Mark E. Cull, Bruce Bortz and Jo Wilkins. For more information, visit

Writers group to welcome Rick Lax

Rick Lax, author of “Fool Me Once,” “Lawyer Boy” and the soon-to-be-released “I Get Paid for This,” is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The meeting fee is $5. The public is welcome.

For more information, 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 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

North Las Vegas Water Meters
Randy DeVaul shows off the new water meters that the city is installing.
Project 150 Thanksgiving 2018
About 100 volunteers for Project 150 box Thanksgiving meals for high school students and their families in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Three Square’s Maurice Johnson Talks About Food Waste
Three Square’s director of operations Maurice Johnson talks about food waste.
Parade preparation nears completion
Downtown Summerlin prepares for its annual holiday parade.
Clark County Wetlands promotes 2019 Wetland Walker Program
This year the park will be celebrating the Northern Flicker. The program is designed to teach about that bird, and encourage people to visit the Wetlands and walk the same distance the bird migrates each year.
Poet’s Walk Henderson introduces storytelling
Residents enjoy a storytelling activity.
Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
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