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.

Lights FC coach Eric Wynalda lost his home in California wildfire
Eric Wynalda, coach of the Las Vegas Lights FC soccer team, talks about losing his home in the deadly California wildfires during an interview in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Women face issues from Essure birth control implants
DeVonna "Kat" Normand said she had complications from the Essure birth control implants. Normand uses her Sin City Heat show at 22.3 TakeOver Vegas Radio internet radio station in Las Vegas as a platform to raise awareness about Essure and connect with other women who have used the device. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Truancy and Clark County schools
Tony Stark, one of 23 attendance officers with the Clark County School District, have a tall order tracking down students who aren't in school.
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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