Book briefs

Pioneering policewoman to sign books

Debra Gauthier, one of the first female police officers in Las Vegas, plans to sign copies of her book "Bright Lights, Dark Places" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Carr Chat to feature Pamela Morsi

Robyn Carr plans to interview author Pamela Morsi during a Carr Chat series event from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. For more information about Morsi, visit For more information about the event, call 492-6580.

New book explores weather legend

Connie Sage plans to discuss and sign her book "Frank Batten: The Untold Story of the Founder of the Weather Channel" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Library to mark Banned Books Week

Mark Banned Books Week with local writers and dignitaries who plan to read from previously banned works at Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom, a preview event of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

Participants expected include Carol Harter, Charles Bock, Bob Brown, Maile Chapman, Jeanne Goodrich, Jane Heenan, Laura Henkel, Andrew Kiraly and Steve Sebelius.

For more information, visit

‘Ghost Road Blues’ author to visit

Jonathan Maberry, author of "Ghost Road Blues" and "Patient Zero" and contributor to "The Monster’s Corner: Stories Through Inhuman Eyes," is scheduled to appear at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. For more information about the author, visit

Library offers ebook classes

The Windmill Library, 7060 Windmill Lane, has scheduled an eBook classes from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 in the virtual training lab.

Participants will learn how to download an eBook and transfer it to an eReader. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has many titles that can be downloaded for free.

Bring your eReader, its USB cord and your library card.

For more information or to register, call 507-6300.

Local authors to speak at historians conference

Local authors have been tapped to present workshops at the 17th annual Association of Personal Historians Conference scheduled for Oct. 16-20 at Harrah’s Las Vegas, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Historian/author Michael Green is set to share stories about the families who built Las Vegas, and Oksana Marafioti, author of the upcoming memoir "American Gypsy," plans to speak on the road to finishing a personal history. Other speakers lined up include documentary filmmaker Benjamin Patton and Nikki Silva from National Public Radio’s "Hidden Kitchens."

For more information about the conference, visit


Author Maxwell Alexander Drake plans a series of free workshops to sharpen writing skills this fall at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. The seminars are set for 3 p.m. Oct. 9, 4:45 p.m. Oct. 11, 3 p.m. Nov. 20 and 4:45 p.m. Nov. 22.

For more information, call 507-6100.

Senior Memoir workshop planned

Life Stories Nevada, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program designed to help seniors 50 or older record their memoirs, is sponsoring free four-week memoir workshops.

Sun City MacDonald Ranch plans to host a workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays Oct. 7-28 in its clubhouse at 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway. The facility can be reached at 270-7000. To register, call the location or the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at 940-5423. For more information about the program, visit

Photographer shares true story

"Feathers & Gifts" author PJ Sheldon is set to sign her true story about a life-changing photo assignment in the wilderness at noon Oct. 29 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Lecture series to include book events

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Forum Lecture Series event schedule is online at Highlights of the free series include "Emerald Isle Escapade: A Literary Jaunt of Ireland," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26, and "Dylan Thomas at Age Nineteen: A One-Man Play," scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Most of the lectures are hosted by the Barrick Museum on the 4505 S. Maryland Parkway campus.

Sunrise Coffee Co. on sunset road hosts open mic night Wednesdays

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.

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

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.

Share poems at Human Experience

Polish up a poem or two and try them out live 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 or to view the events online as they happen, visit

Access recorded Book programs online through library district

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."

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 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 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

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, on the first, third and occasional fifth Mondays.

Visit for more details.

Meetings are open to the public.

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 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

Sign up for updates about Vegas Valley book festival

Book lovers can sign up now for updates on events leading up to the Vegas Valley Book Festival at vegas

Prefestival highlights include Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom, a reading featuring authors and community leaders reading banned literary works scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Clark County Library, and Readings in the Pumpkin Patch, a children’s book event set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at Gilcrease Orchard.

The full festival is scheduled to kick off with a keynote presentation by "World War Z" author Max Brooks at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, and conclude with a reading by "A Thousand Acres" author Jane Smiley at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5, at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

The festival is expected to bring in more than 100 authors for panel discussions, readings, exhibitions and more. Most events are free. Highlights include the Children’s Book Festival, the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival and "Feasting on Words: The Literature and Food Fair" featuring Rick Moonen and other chefs and cookbook authors.

Panels are set to focus on fiction about Las Vegas and the history of women in the casino workforce. Free writing workshops will cover topics such as poetry, memoir, science fiction/fantasy and travel writing.

For updates, visit the website or call 229-5431.

Friends of North Las Vegas Library District to meet

The Friends of the North Las Vegas Library District is planning a meeting at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Way. Those interested in becoming a member or wanting to share your ideas are welcome. For more information, contact the North Las Vegas Library District at 633-1070.

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
Restoring classic Corvettes to perfection
Members of the National Corvette Restorers Society Convention talk about what it takes to earn the NCRS Top Flight Award for a restored Corvette at South Point in Las Vegas on Tuesday July 17, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 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
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Clark County recount votes in commission’s District E primary
Clark County staff begin the recount requested by candidate Marco Hernandez in the democratic primary for the County Commission's District E seat on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Long-running local hip hop producer wants Vegas rappers to shine
Las Vegas Hip Hop producer and co-owner of Digital Insight Recording Studios Tiger Stylz reflects on 30 years of music production in the city. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Construction for new 51s ballpark underway
New home of the Las Vegas 51s is planned to be finished by March 2019 in Summerlin according to team president Don Logan. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
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