Book Briefs for Feb. 5-11

Centennial Hills Library to host YAllapalooza teen literature event

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Barnes & Noble plan to team up to present YAllapalooza, a festival celebrating teen literature scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive.

Young adults will have the chance to meet attending authors such as Nancy Holder, Suzanne Young, Martha Brockenbrough, Lisa Schroeder, Kevin Emerson, Lindsey Leavitt, Cat Patrick, Sean Beaudoin, Tera Lynn Childs and Dan Haring. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Panel discussions are scheduled, including a Buffy discussion with New York Times bestselling author Holder, who has written a number of popular books in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Haring, who has worked on the films "Tangled" and "Hotel Transylvania," is set to present an animation workshop.

Other plans include a teen writing group, craft programs and a fashion show featuring teens dressed as favorite book characters. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit lvccld.org or call 702-507-6114.

‘Bad Kitty’ author plans Vegas visit

Nick Bruel, bestselling author of the humorous children’s picture and chapter books about the cantankerous Bad Kitty, is scheduled to meet with readers at 7 p.m. Friday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Author to put on writers’ conference

Author Bobbie Christensen is scheduled to offer a writers’ conference from 1 to 6:45 p.m. Saturday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Paradise campus, 851 E. Tropicana Ave. Three sessions are slated:

n Writing your first book (or seventh!), learn about a 10-step writing method designed to complete a book in as little as two months from 1 to 2:45 p.m.

n Publishing your book, learn the differences between traditional and self-publishing, and learn about copyrights, the Library of Congress and tax concerns from 3 to 4:45 p.m.

n Marketing your book, discover how to make a profit before the book is even printed as you learn how to set up local and national book signings, present seminars, and write press releases from 5 to 6:45 p.m.

The conference is $105 or $44 for a single session. To register, call 702-895-3394.

Career book signing slated

Local author PJ Sheldon plans to sign her latest career book "You’re Hired" at noon Saturday at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Donate books, get magic show tickets

Get two free tickets to comedy magician Mac King’s show at Harrah’s Las Vegas, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South, in exchange for donating three new or gently used children’s books during kickoff events for King’s Magical Literacy Tour. Books are to be collected and a raffle for hockey merchandise offered at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 during the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team’s home game at The Orleans Arena, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. Books are also to be collected Feb. 18-28 at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, 4915 Steptoe St. Donors can also get an hour of free jump time for giving books at Sky Zone.

King plans to deliver the books to students in at-risk schools during his Nevada Reading Week visits Feb. 27-March 1.

For more information, visit mackkingshow.com.

Romance writers plan mini conference

The Las Vegas Romance Writers plan to host a Mini Conference in a Day event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Downtown Project facility at 117 S. Seventh St. Instructors include Shannan Albright, Tami Cowden, Joyce Brennan, Rebecca Andrews, Diane Clough, Tera Lynn Childs and Siobhan Muir heading sessions on character building, plot development, manuscript preparation, editing, queries and more.

The cost is $20 for Las Vegas Romance Writers members and $35 for others. Payment must be made in advance.

For more information, visit lasvegasrwa.org.

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. the second Saturday of every month at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. February’s topic is African American 20th century writing. For more information, call 702-507-3866.

Las Vegas Writers Group to welcome Tera Lynn Childs

Tera Lynn Childs – author of the mythology-based young adult novels "Oh. My. Gods." and "Goddess Boot Camp," the mermaid-themed novels "Forgive My Fins," "Fins Are Forever" and "Just For Fins" and a new trilogy about the monster-hunting descendants of Medusa – is scheduled to speak on developing a long-term writing career at a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The meeting fee is $5. For more information, visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers.

Author to sign Christian inspiration books

Kenneth Zeigler is scheduled to sign copies of his Christian inspiration books "The Children of Eternity," "The War in Heaven" and "Heaven and Hell" at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Writer to sign book on China

Robert Stanelle "Lao Luo" is scheduled to sign copies of his book "China: In My Eyes," an account of his five-year journey through China, at 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Black History Month celebrations planned

Students and teachers from 100 Academy of Excellence are scheduled to perform and read during a Black History Month celebration scheduled at noon Feb. 23 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Memoir-writing classes slated

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Life Stories Nevada program plans free four-week memoir-writing classes for seniors.

Instructors help would-be memoirists sort through their memories and organize how they want to tell their story. Sessions are slated for:

n 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays March 8-29 at the Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 S. Ninth St.;

n 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays April 8-29 at Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Lane;

n 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays May 2-23 at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.

For more information, visit lifestoriesnevada.org. To register, contact Jean Norman at 702-940-5423 or norman@unce.unr.edu.

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka to speak at BMI event

The Black Mountain Institute plans a presentation by Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the student union at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Additional Black Mountain programs scheduled include a Nevada Emerging Writers Series featuring Leslie Jamison at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Greenspun Hall auditorium at UNLV; Mustapha Marrouchi at 7 p.m. March 6 in the UNLV student union; and a conversation with BMI Fellows Criselda Yabes and Oksana Marafioti, moderated by Richard Wiley, at 7 p.m. April 10 in the UNLV student union. For more information, visit black mountaininstitute.org.

Visiting Author to speak on the creative process

"The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss" author Kathleen Krull is scheduled to speak on enhancing the creative process from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave. A book sale and signing for Krull is scheduled at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit lvccld.org.

Mary Jo Buttafuoco to sign copies of her new memoir March 2

Mary Jo Buttafuoco is scheduled to sign copies of her memoir "Getting It Through My Thick Skull: Why I Stayed, What I Learned, and What Millions of People Involved with Sociopaths Need to Know" at 1 p.m. March 2 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Romance authors to discuss love and literature

Bestselling historical romance novelists Julia Quinn and Sarah MacLean are scheduled to speak on love and literature from 7 to 9 p.m. March 4 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

Quinn, a graduate of Harvard University and Radcliff College, is the author of 19 novels including "The Duke and I," "The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever" and "A Night Like This."

MacLean, daughter of a former British spy, is a graduate of Smith College and Harvard University and is the author of "The Season," "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake," "Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord," "A Rogue By Any Other Name" and "One Good Earl Deserves a Lover."

For more information, visit lvccld.org.

Author/illustrator plans bookstore visit

Meet Catherine Follestad author/illustrator of "The Itty Bitty Kitty" and "I Think That I Would Like to Be" at 1 p.m. March 9 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Library District plans book fair

The Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, plans its fifth annual Spring Fling Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6. Authors are scheduled for signing table sessions from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m. The main theater is expected to feature a Hollywood authors panel, a concert and more.

For more information, contact library scheduling specialist Julie Okabayashi at okabayashij@lvccld.org.

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 writersgroup.com 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 meetup.com/las-vegas-creative-writing-class.

Wall Street trader to sign books

Veteran Wall Street trader Andrew Hecht plans to sign copies of his book "How to Make Money with Commodities" at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

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

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."

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 702-240-2665.

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

SHARE POEMS AT HUMAN EXPERIENCE

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 lasvegaspoets.org.

DOWNLOAD BOOKS and MORE FROM YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

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 search.overdrive.com.

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 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 lvzinelibrary.blogspot.com.

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 baumanrarebooks.com.

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