Book Briefs for June 11-17, 2013

Event slated for authors of biography

Victoria Kilbury met Nabila working out at a Las Vegas gym. The two exchanged stories and talked about Nabila’s life in Saudi Arabia, a society where women had no rights. They could not attend school, pursue careers unless sanctioned by the government, drive cars or choose their husbands. Wishing to remain anonymous, Nabila asked Kilbury to help her write her life story. Nabila and Kilbury are slated to speak about the resulting book “Disenchanted: One Woman’s Journey for Independence from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” from 7 to 9 p.m. June 11 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

For more information about the book, visit

Library to host Date My Book

Bring your favorite book and a smile to Date My Book, an event featuring speed dating with a literary twist, scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. For more information, call 702-565-8402.

Jonathan Sturak releases new thriller

Jonathan Sturak is set to mingle with readers and talk about his new thriller “Vegas Was Her Name” as part of the Reader Meet the Author series from 1 to 3 p.m. June 15 in the rotunda of the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit

Signing set for ‘Capitol Hell’ novel

A signing event for the novel “Capitol Hell,” by Jayne J. Jones and Alicia M. Long, is slated from 4 to 6 p.m. June 17 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble. For more on the book, visit


Oksana Marafioti, author of the memoir “American Gypsy,” is set to speak on memoir writing during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. June 20 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A meeting fee of $5 is charged. For more information, visit

Author shares veteran experiences

Q. Jarone Batson is scheduled to sign the book “The Life Experiences of a World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Black American Army Veteran” at 1 p.m. June 15 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Western Writers of America conference to include massive book signing

The Western Writers of America conference is scheduled June 25-29 at the Riviera, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South. The conference is set to include panels on the Victorian West, cowboys, songwriting, Great Basin history and more. For conference information, visit

As a conference outreach effort, participants are scheduled to join with other Western writers for a book signing featuring more than 70 writers from 4 to 7 p.m. June 28 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Clark County Museums administrator Mark Hall-Patton is slated to kick off the signing with a short address at 4 p.m. The signing is free and open to the public.

‘Time Squares’ author plans appearance

Dennis Goode is slated to sign copies of his book “Time Squares” at 1 p.m. June 22 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Oz book author event slated

Roger Baum, great-grandson of “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, is slated to sign copies of his books at 1 p.m. June 29 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Author schedules career workshop

PJ Sheldon, author of “You’re HIRED!” and “Career Strategies for Success,” is slated to offer a free career workshop at 10 a.m. June 15 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit

Paseo Verde to host
free Lifecatching workshop

A free three-session workshop titled “Lifecatching: The art of Saving and Sharing Memories” is schedule from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 22 and 29 and July 13 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. Registration is required. For more information, visit or call 702-207-4299.

Stephens Press to cease publishing

Stephens Press will cease publishing activities in 2013, according to its president, Carolyn Hayes Uber.

The publisher affiliated with Stephens Media, the parent company of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and View, is in the process of notifying authors and corporate/institutional sponsors, making arrangements for inventory and arranging for an orderly transition of copyright and publication rights back to authors.

“We are also completing projects that were in our pipeline, including the Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial book that will be out early next year,” Uber wrote in a May 21 post on her Working Titlez blog at

Writer shares keys to ‘Marital Bliss’

Jim Hamilton is scheduled to sign copies of his self improvement book “It’s All About Her: A Man’s Guide to Marital Bliss” at 1 p.m. July 6 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Christene Houston to meet
readers at Green Valley Library

Christene Houston, author of “A Heart So Broken,” is scheduled to be featured as part of the Reader Meet the Author series at 1:30 p.m. June 22 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit

Local author series
to feature Moniru Ravanipur

Moniru Ravanipur was among 17 activists in Iran to face trial for anti-Iranian propaganda for participation in the “Iran After the Elections” conference in Berlin in 2000. In 2006, copies of her work were stripped from bookstore shelves in Iran in a countrywide police action.

Ravanipur, author of “The Gypsy by Fire,” “Satan’s Stones,” “Heart of Steel” and “The Drowned,” is slated to participate in the READ Local Author series meeting readers from 2:20 to 4:30 p.m. June 26 in the lobby of the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, visit

Signings set for Arlene Alleman

Arlene Alleman is scheduled to sign copies of her Darcy Farthing novels “Current Assets,” “Currents of Vengeance” and “Currents Deep and Deadly” from 2 to 6 p.m. June 21 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble and at 1 p.m. June 22 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Clark County Library
plans free book publishing workshop

A free book publishing workshop is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. July 6 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The event is set to feature Nicole McInnes, author of the novel “Brianna on the Brink;” Roger DeBlanck, author of the historical novel “The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy;” and Jonathan Sturak, author of the psychological thriller “A Smudge of Gray,” discussing the changing face of publishing, agents, queries, marketing and when to consider self-publishing or independent presses.

For more information, visit or call 702-507-3459.


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.


The Aliante Library Writers Club is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Road. For more information, contact facilitator Glory Wade at glorywade


The Sun City MacDonald Ranch Literary Guild plans to take the summer off and return with events at the Desert Willow Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, featuring Beverly Washburn, author of the memoir “Reel Tears,” scheduled for Sept. 8; and Jazzin’ Jeanne Brei, author of “House Party Tonight” a biography of saxophonist Don Hill, for Oct. 13.


Too busy to get out to book programs? The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has started posting videos 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.”


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.


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 for more information.


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


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


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, has 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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