Book Briefs for April 9-15

Authors to host investment series

“Stress-Free Investing” author Phyllis Veltman Wordhouse and Maria Wordhouse Kuitula are slated to offer a free investing class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday , in meeting rooms 12 and 13 at the First Presbyterian Church Las Vegas, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd. For class information or to RSVP, call Nadene Veltman at 702-396-1044 or Jim Veltman at 702-630-9144.

Local historian to sign
‘Showgirls of Las Vegas’

Lisa Gioia-Acres is scheduled to sign copies of the Images of America series book “Showgirls of Las Vegas” at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Gioia-Acres, a Las Vegas resident since 1987, teaches history and anthropology and is dedicated to collecting life and career stories.

Sun City MacDonald Ranch plans signing for Wednesday Warriors

The Sun City MacDonald Ranch Literary Guild plans to host a book signing for the Wednesday Warrior Writers’ new book “I Pledge Allegiance: Stories of Valor, Heroism and Patriotism” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Willows Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway. The event is free and open to the public, and the onsite Willows restaurant is slated to offer a 20 percent discount to attendees on the day of the event.

S.A.V.E. Squad series author plans visit

Contemporary children’s fiction author Kathleen Damp Wright plans a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Henderson Family Christian Stores, 657 N. Stephanie St.

She plans to promote her four-book S.A.V.E. Squad series.

Black Mountain Institute
to host poet Amaranth Borsuk

Poet Amaranth Borsuk is slated to speak as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Emerging Writers Series at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway. Visit or call 702-895-5542 for details.

Las Vegas Writers Conference
to include free public reception

The Las Vegas Writers Conference is scheduled for April 18-20 at Sam’s Town. Registration is $475 in advance or $500 at the door. One-day registration for $300 is also offered. For more information, visit

A free public reception sponsored by Stephens Press is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. April 18.

Stephens Press authors scheduled to be highlighted at the reception include Kurt Divich, Elaine McNamara, P Moss, Brenda Williams, Trish Harris, Vicki Kilbury and Stu Michaels.

Authors, agents and editors on the conference faculty are slated to include My Haley, Peter Joseph, Jeniffer Thompson, Jeff Kleinman, Margaret Bail, Sara Sciuto, Sara D’Emic, Rhonda Penders, Michelle Johnson, Johanna Melaragno, John Vorhaus, Randall Platt, Jo Wilkins, Claudia Suzanne, Rachel Ekstrom, Paul Sinor, David Zuckerman, Oksanna Marafioti and Paula Stahel.

Summerlin Library offers
Readers and writers workshop series

A readers and writers workshop series sponsored by poet, editor and writer Barbara Miller is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. For more information, call 702-507-3866.

Grace Robbins to chat with Robin Leach
about Robbins’ tell-all memoir

Robin Leach is slated to interview author Grace Robbins about her new tell-all memoir, “Cinderella and the Carpetbagger: My Life as the Wife of the ‘World’s Best Selling Author,’ Harold Robbins,” at 2 p.m. April 20 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. For more on the book, visit cinderellaandthecarpet

Father of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp
to sign rock business book

David Fishof, creator of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, is slated to sign copies of his book “Rock Your Business: What You and Your Company Can Learn From the Business of Rock and Roll” at 6 p.m. April 18 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Las Vegas Writers to welcome Kurt Divich

Las Vegas writer Kurt Divich, author of the novel “Lords of Las Vegas” and the nonfiction book “The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, A Dream in the Desert,” is scheduled to speak on grabbing readers’ attention during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. April 18 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd.

A meeting fee of $5 is charged.

For more information, visit

Story time event set for tractor book

Ken Hinman is slated to participate in a story time and sign copies of his children’s book “Jimmy John the Tractor” at 11 a.m. April 20 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Romance writers to welcome Tom Keller

Tom Keller, local author of the urban fantasy “Return of the High Fae,” is scheduled to speak on self-publishing and marketing at 10:30 a.m. April 20 during a meeting of the Las Vegas Romance Writers in the Wengert conference room in the NV Energy building, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. The meeting is scheduled to begin with club business at 10 a.m. For more information, visit

Local author to sign fantasy novel

Local author Chelsea Ramsey is slated to sign copies of her fantasy novel “Brink the Awakening” at 1 p.m. April 20 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Book launch slated for Nevada
Women’s History Project book

The Southern Nevada Women’s History Project is slated to launch its new book “Steadfast Sisters of the Silver State: One Hundred Biographical Profiles of Nevada Women,” a tribute to the women who helped build Nevada published by Stephens Press, with a book release party from 2 to 5 p.m. April 21 at the Mesquite Club, 702 E. St. Louis Ave. The project’s book “Skirts That Swept the Desert Floor” is also slated to be available the free, public event. For more information, call 888-951-2665 or visit

Storyteller plans free lecture

Storyteller Binnie Wilkin, author of “African and African American Images in Newbery Award Winning Titles: Progress in Portrays,” is scheduled to speak on code words in traditional spirituals during a free lecture at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Sun City MacDonald Ranch Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Drive. The event, sponsored by the Henderson Gathering of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, is set to feature singing of classic spirituals and explanations of how they were more than slave songs, they were songs of freedom and escape. For more information, call 702-898-5732.

Anthem author to sign book on surviving ‘Obamageddon’

Anthem area author and Libertarian candidate for president Wayne Allyn Root is scheduled to sign copies of his book “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: How to Survive, Thrive, and Prosper During Obamageddon” at p.m. April 27 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Kat Von D to sign books

Kat Von D is slated to sign copies of her book “Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing: at 7 p.m. April 24 a the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Wristbands for a place in the signing line are to be given out beginning at 9 a.m.

Pandering team detective to speak, sign books

Metropolitan Police Department Pandering Investigative Team detective Chris Baughman plans to talk about and sign copies of his book “Off The Street: Redemption” at 1 p.m. April 27 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Library to host Children’s Day/Book Day

El Dia De Los Ninos/El Dia De Los Libros, Children’s Day/Book Day, an afternoon of plays, music, crafts and activities to encourage literacy in children of all languages and backgrounds, is scheduled from 2:30 to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The schedule includes children’s crafts from 2:30 to 4:30, a performance by Ballet Folklórico Xyachimal’s child performers at 2:30 p.m., its junior performers at 3:30 p.m. and its master performers at 4:30 p.m. Puppet shows are scheduled at 3 and 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 702-492-6581.

Henderson Writers Group meetings set

The Henderson Writers Group meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays in room C-2 at Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave. Meetings are typically canceled on holidays. Visit henderson for more information.

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

Readers invited to Meet the Author event at Green Valley Library

Readers are invited to meet Margit Macchia, author of “Herzipinki: 7 Steps to Living a Life of Joy, Laughter and Happiness,” from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4 in the vestibule of the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit for details.


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.”

READ Local author Series
to feature Anna Mae Zuccari

Anna Mae Zuccari, author of the children’s book “The Land of Cukoa: The Adventure of the Missing Cuckoo” is scheduled to appear as part of the Henderson District Public Libraries READ Local Author Series, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 24 in the lobby of the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit


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 702-240-2665.

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


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 Coffeehouse inside Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St. For details, visit


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 Coffeehouse in Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St.

The library is 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

Browse rare books in new app

Searching for rare books? Now there’s an app for that. Bauman Rare Books, which has a shop in The Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South, recently launched an app available on iTunes that allows readers to see new acquisitions, browse catalogs, view videos, make purchases and manage their personal accounts and share items via Twitter and Facebook. If you have $65,000 to spend on a first-edition “The Catcher in the Rye” signed by J.D. Salinger, the app has you covered. The catalog can also be perused at

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