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Book briefs for July 17-23

Festival to host FLASH! Short, Short Fiction Contest

Clark County writers are invited to participate in FLASH! The Short, Short Fiction Contest, a pre-festival event of the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 are planned. Writers can register online at vegasvalleybookfestival.org through Aug. 17. The project is limited to the first 20 to apply. There is no fee to participate.

The hands-on competition is slated for 2 to 4 p.m Sept. 8 in the large conference room at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Entrants will have 90 minutes to complete a maximum 500-word short story based on a theme provided at the event. Writers may bring their own laptops and discs/jump drives. Legible hand-written copies will also be accepted.

A panel of four judges will determine the winners, which will be announced at a later date. Winning stories will be posted on the festival website and read at the festival on Nov. 3, and the first-place story will be published in Las Vegas CityLife. For more information, call Brian Rouff at 837-8996 or Suzanne Scott at 507-3459 or visit

Author plans event for ‘Pool of Truth’

Local author R.J. Smith is slated to present his novel “Pool of Truth,” which follows archaeologists on a quest for the lost ark, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Book Boutique, 19 W. Pacific Ave. in Henderson. For more information, call 697-0001.

Carr Chat event to be conducted
by guest interviewer Deborah Coonts

Henderson bestselling author Robyn Carr plans to let local author Deborah Coonts take the interviewer’s chair for her popular Carr Chat series’ July conversation.

Coonts, author of the Lucky O’Toole Las Vegas Adventures series, is scheduled to interview local showgirl-turned-author Vicki Pettersson at noon Friday in the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway.

For more information, visit tinyurl.com/carrchat.

Comedian Cork Proctor plans
charity book launch roast

A comedy roast and book launch for Cork Proctor’s “My Mind is an Open Mouth” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Proctor’s memoir takes readers through his 60 years as a stand-up comedian.

Tickets for the event are $40 and will benefit Opportunity Village. For more information, call 880-4081 or visit
press.com. Proctor and his co-author Carolyn Hamilton also plan to sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. Aug. 5 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Kris Saknussemm to speak
at Las Vegas Writers Group meeting

Author Kris Saknussemm, a recent Gallagher Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute, is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A $5 meeting fee is charged.

For more information on the group, visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers.

For more on the author, visit saknussemm.com.

Las Vegas Romance writers
to welcome RM Sotera

RM Sotera plans to talk about handling rejection and believing in yourself at the Las Vegas Romance Writers meeting scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Wengert Room at NV Energy, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. The public is welcome.

For more information, visit lasvegasrwa.org.

READ series to feature Debra Gauthier

The READ Local Author Series is scheduled to feature Debra Gauthier, author of the book “Bright Lights, Dark Places – Pioneering as a Female Police Officer in Las Vegas,” meeting with readers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the lobby of the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.org or call 492-7252.

Green Valley Library’s Meet the Author program to feature Jonathan Sturak

Local Jonathan Sturak, author of “A Smudge of Gray: A Novel” and “Clouded Rainbow,” is scheduled to meet with readers and sign copies of his books from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the library’s Meet the Author program. For more information, visit sturak.com.

Sci-fi author schedules visit

R.J. Archer, author of the sci-fi series Seeds of Civilization and Parallel Ops, is scheduled to sign books at 1 p.m. July 28 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.


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 coffee shop at 520 Fremont St. inside Emergency Arts. For details, visit lasvegaspoets.org.

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


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.

Bookstore schedules Entangled Publishing event

The 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble plans an Entangled Publishing author event at 7 p.m. Aug. 1. Authors scheduled to sign books include: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Melissa Bourbon, Anne B. Harrison, Annie Seaton, Bronwen Evans and Kate Evangelista.

Authors to be featured at Bellagio

“The World of Las Vegas Dining” authors Laury and John Bakie are set to be featured during the book and food chat event “The Book and The Bakies” from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays in the Tutto store at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South. For details, visit theworldof lasvegasdining.com.

Henderson Writers Group
meets Mondays

The Henderson Writers Group meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 4550 S. Maryland Parkway on the second and fourth Mondays and at Saxbys Coffee Lounge, 72 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway in Henderson, on the first, third and occasional fifth Mondays. Meetings are typically canceled on holidays.

Visit hendersonwritersgroup.com for more information. Meetings are open to the public.

Local author slated to sign cookbook

Local author Paula Garriott is scheduled to sign copies of the cookbook she wrote with Steven W. Siler, “Signature Tastes of Las Vegas,” at 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Performers to promote ‘West Side Story’ collective memoir

Performers who appeared in the classic movie musical “West Side Story” and contributed to the collective memoir “Our Story Jets and Sharks Then and Now” are scheduled to visit the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble at 1 p.m. Aug. 4.


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.


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.”


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, 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 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.

Teen Writing Club plans meetings

A Teen Writing Club meets at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. The club schedules meetings every other month. For more information, call 207-4260.

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