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Book Briefs

Michael Cremo, author of “The Forbidden Archeologist: The Atlantis Rising Magazine Columns of Michael A. Cremo,” plans to present his research during an author event at 3 p.m. Saturday in the large conference room at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Event admission is $15. For more information, visit govindascenter.com/seminars.html or call 434-8332.

Citylife Books author running
band name competition

CityLife Books author Andrew Kiraly is seeking creative band names for his in-the-works novel “Crit.” The book, to be filled with tales of rock ’n’ roll, shoplifting and awful Las Vegas lounge singers, also will feature outrageous band names such as Nunpuncher, Sacrilicious and others too racy to print in the newspaper. Kiraly would like to invite readers to get in on the fun and submit their favorite imaginary band name to submissions@stephenspress.
com. Winning names may be featured in the novel. The submission deadline is Sunday .

‘Fool Me Once’ author to discuss beating rejection

Rick Lax, author of “Fool Me Once: Hustlers, Hookers, Headliners, and How Not to Get Screwed in Vegas,” is scheduled to address the topic “How to Kick Rejection’s Butt!” at the next Las Vegas Writers Group meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. May 19 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The public is welcome. There is a $5 meeting fee to attend. For more information, visit meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Writers/. For more about Lax, visit ricklax.com.

Romance writers to unlock muse
with yoga on may 21

Yoga for Writers, a workshop designed to unlock the muse while providing a gentle stretch for a tired body, is set for 10 a.m. May 21 in the Wengert Conference Room at NV Energy, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. Lucie Simone, an author with a passion for travel, writing and yoga, is set to direct the session sponsored by Las Vegas Romance Writers. For more information, visit meetup.com/las-vegas-romance-writers/.

Extension program to teach free
memoir workshops for seniors

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.

Programs are under way at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, and the Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave.

The Heritage Park Senior Facility at 300 Racetrack Road in Henderson plans to host a Life Stories Nevada workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 6-27.

To register, call 940-5423.

For more information about the program, visit lifestoriesnevada.org.

‘Final Journey: Buddy’s Book’
author to be featured at library

Elizabeth Parker, author of “Final Journey: Buddy’s Book,” is set to meet and greet readers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 23 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the library’s READ Local Author Series.

For more information, call 492-6580.

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.

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 lasvegaspoets.org.

Final book in Signs of the Zodiac
series to be launched in June

Las Vegas showgirl turned best-selling author Vicki Pettersson is scheduled to sign copies of her newest book, “The Neon Graveyard,” at 7 p.m. June 3 at the 6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South Borders in Town Square Las Vegas.

According to Pettersson’s website, vickipettersson.com, this will be the last in her Signs of the Zodiac series, set in Las Vegas.

Pettersson also hopes to meet with her Twitter followers to share coffee before the event. To learn more, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/vickipettersson.

Picture book workshops planned

Join award-winning picture book author/illustrator Jim Averbeck for the workshops Bringing More to the Story and Revision Can Be Fun scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4 at the Las Vegas Day School, 3275 Red Rock St.

The event is targeted for illustrators and picture book authors wanting a better understanding of the marriage of words and illustrations. Illustrators are asked to bring a two-page spread for critique and discussion.

The event is free to Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators members who register in advance, or members can pay $5 at the door. Nonmembers are welcome with a $40 registration fee. If they join SCBWI the $40 fee is fully refundable with proof of membership.

To register, visit nevadascbwi.org. For more information, call 290-3190 or email lvscbwi@gmail.com.

For more information about Averbeck, visit jimaverbeck.com.

For more information about SCBWI, a professional organization that acts as a network for writers, illustrators, editors, publishers and educators with an interest in children’s literature, visit scbwi.org.

Library District on a paperless push

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District wants your email address.

On July 1, the district will discontinue the mailing of hold and overdue notices. After that date, notifications will only be provided electronically. But patrons can elect to receive notices electronically now.

Advantages include: a courtesy notice via email three days before your items will be overdue, prompt notices when held items are available and a library newsletter and events notices via email.

Email addresses can be submitted online at lvccld.org, at any library customer service desk or by phone at 507-3595.

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 storycorps.org/mli.

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 storycorps.org or call 646-723-7027.

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 lvccld.org, 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
institute.org and select “multimedia.”

Northwest-area borders offers
writers group on Tuesdays

Borders bookstore hosts a free writers group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 2190 N. Rainbow Blvd.

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 readtomelv.com. 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 Horizon Ridge Parkway, on the first, third and occasional fifth Mondays.

Visit hendersonwritersgroup.com 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 lvzinelibrary.blogspot.com.

National Senior poets laureate
competition under way

Entries are being accepted for regional winners in the 19th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets 50 or older. The submission deadline is June 30. State senior poets laureate are expected to be named in July, and the National Senior Poet Laureate is set to be announced Sept. 1.

For more information, visit amykitchenerfdn.org.

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