Book Briefs for March 5-11

Teacher to sign books at custard shop

Local teacher Christine Webb, author of “The Elsie Files: The Mostly True Story of a Cat on a Mission,” is scheduled to sign books from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the 9595 S. Eastern Ave. Nielsen’s Frozen Custard. For more on the book, visit

Author to speak at society luncheon

The Las Vegas Chapter of The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies plans to host a luncheon on immigration reform featuring author Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute, at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Fogo de Chao Churrascaria restaurant, 360 E. Flamingo Road. Tickets are $45 or $35 for state, county or city attorneys and students. Attorneys can receive continuing legal education credit. To RSVP, contact Lynn Warren at 702-331-3219 or

Ira Shapiro to speak at Brandeis Lunch

The Brandeis National Committee plans an author luncheon for 11 a.m. March 17 at TPC Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle. Ira Shapiro is the planned guest speaker. He is the author of “The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis.” Shapiro has worked in the U.S. Senate for 12 years in senior staff positions.

Admission is $70. Reservations must be made by Friday . To register, send a check made out to Brandeis National Committee to Marilyn Shocket, 8837 Cortile Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89134. For more information, contact Denise Needleman at 702-396-8887 or or Len Krane at 702-255-6667 or

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 11 a.m. today and 4 p.m. Saturday at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble and at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Former Gov. Bob Miller to sign
‘Son of a Gambling Man’

Former Gov. Bob Miller is scheduled to sign copies of his memoir “Son of a Gambling Man: My Journey from a Casino Family to the Governor’s Mansion” at 7 p.m. March 12 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Former President Bill Clinton wrote the foreword but is not scheduled to attend.

Storyteller to offer free workshop

Binnie Wilkin is scheduled present a storytelling workshop at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas’ 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive location.

Wilkin is a retired librarian and professor who has taught storytelling at several universities and is the author of many books, most recently “African and African American Images in Newbery Award Winning Titles: Progress in Portrayals.” Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 702-437-2404.

Acoustic guitar performance
to back up poetry reading at library

A reading and book signing by local author/poet Shellykay Saunders is scheduled from 1 to 3:45 p.m. March 16 in the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. The reading will be accompanied by acoustic guitar performed by Keith Saunders. For more information, visit

Vicki Pettersson to release
newest Celestial Blues novel March 19

Former showgirl and current bestselling author Vicki Pettersson is back with the second book in her Celestial Blues supernatural romantic mystery series, “The Lost,” is set to be released March 19. Before she sets off on a national tour, Pettersson is scheduled to sign copies of the book at 7 p.m. March 21 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. For more on the local author, visit

Bestselling author Cassandra Clare’s ‘Clockwork Princess’ tour to visit

Cassandra Clare is scheduled to lead a discussion and sign copies of her newest Infernal Devices Series book “Clockwork Princess” at 7 p.m. March 20 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Patrons must purchase the book to get a wristband for the book signing line. The store will begin handing out wristbands at 9 a.m. March 19. The film “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” set to be released Aug. 23, is based on Clare’s work. For more on the author, visit

‘Personal Foul’ author plans presentation at the Mob Museum

Tim Donaghy, former NBA referee whose intimate knowledge of the game landed him in prison and made him a sports media celebrity, plans to talk about the experiences captured in his book “Personal Foul” at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave. Tickets for Donaghy’s presentation are $24 for museum members and $29 for nonmembers. To make reservations, call 702-229-2734.

Donaghy is also set to present one of his NBA referee jerseys to the museum at 10:30 a.m. March 19. Guests can meet him during that appearance for the price of an admission ticket.

Admission is $10 for Nevada residents. Visit for details.

P Moss to chat about fiction writing

Las Vegas bar owner P Moss, author of the novel-in-stories “Vegas Knockout” and the story collection “Blue Vegas,” is scheduled to speak on the nuances of translating real life into fiction during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. March 21 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd.

A meeting fee of $5 is charged.

For more information, visit

Signing set for ‘Nana’s Magical Closet’

Henderson author Phyllis Hughley-Edwards is scheduled to sign her book “Nana’s Magical Closet” at 1 p.m. March 16 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Author PJ Sheldon continues
Career Connections workshop series

Career counselor and author PJ Sheldon is scheduled to present a Career Connections workshop titled “How to Present Your Best Self” at 10 a.m. March 16 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. To register, call 702-207-4261.

Mark Cordova plans bookstore event

Readers can meet Mark Cordova, author of “The Secret and the Truth of the Ages” at 1 p.m. March 23 at the 8915 W. Charleston Barnes & Noble. For more on the book, visit

READ Local author Series
to feature Bernadette Quander

Bernadette Quander, author of the science fiction novel “Sabre de Pleiades,” is scheduled to appear as part of the Henderson District Public Libraries READ Local Author Series, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 27 in the lobby of the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. For more on the author, visit

Kaya to sign book on dream interpretation

Performer, author on the subject of angels and dream interpretation, Kaya, is scheduled to share music and sign copies of his book “How to Interpret Dreams and Signs at 7 p.m. March 30 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Barnes & Noble. Visit for more on the author.

Library to host Author Night
with My Haley, widow of Alex Haley

My Haley, widow of Alex Haley and collaborator on “Roots, is scheduled to read from her debut novel “The Treason of Mary Louvestre” during an author night program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. Copies will be available for purchase and signing following a question and answer session with the author. For more information, visit

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

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

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. For more information, call 702-507-3866.


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.”


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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