Book Briefs for May 28-June 3, 2013

Former Gov. Bob Miller to sign books

Former Nevada 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 6 p.m. May 30 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Oscar Goodman to sign books at dinner

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman plans to greet diners and sign copies of his memoir, “Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas — Only In America,” from 5 to 8 p.m. May 30 in his namesake steakhouse Oscar’s Beef, Booze, Broads in the Plaza, 1 S. Main St.

Dinner reservations are suggested at 702-386-7227 or at

Signing set for ‘Sacred Relationships’

Rabbi Michael Barclay is scheduled to sign his book “Sacred Relationships” at 1 p.m. June 2 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Club Read! kickoffs to start June 1

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans its first-round kickoff events for its Club Read! summer reading program June 1.

June 1 kickoffs are scheduled at 11 a.m. at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.; the Spring Valley Library, 4280 S. Jones Blvd.; and the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane; at noon at the Las Vegas Library, 833 Las Vegas Blvd. North; and at 3 p.m. at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive.

Kickoffs are also planned for 1 p.m. June 5 at the Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive; 4 p.m. June 5 at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive; at 10:30 a.m. June 6 at the Sunrise Library, 5400 Harris Ave.; and at 3 p.m. June 8 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.

Watch for View’s full story on the program June 4. For more information about the program, visit

Signing slated for Elaine McNamara

Elaine McNamara is scheduled to sign copies of her Las Vegas memoir “In the Midst of Cowboys, Crooners and Gangsters” at 1 p.m. June 1 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Victoria’s Secret model
turned role model to sign books

Kylie Bisutti was 19 when she topped more than 10,000 contestants to win the title of Victoria’s Secret Runway Angel. At 21, she walked away from lingerie modeling, picking faith over fame to become a role model.

Since then she has shared a message of the importance of modesty and true beauty first as a public speaker and now as the author of “I’m No Angel: From Victoria’s Secret Model to Role Model.” Bisutti is slated to sign copies of her book at 3 p.m. June 1 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.


Authors Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Anna Banks and Emmy Laybourne are scheduled to visit at 7 p.m. June 5 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble as part of the Fierce Reads 2013 Summer Tour. For more information about the tour, visit


The Sun City MacDonald Ranch Literary Guild plans to welcome Henderson best-selling romance author Robyn Carr, who is scheduled to meet with the group at 2 p.m. June 9 at the Desert Willow Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway. The event is free and open to the public, and the on-site Willows restaurant is slated to offer a 20 percent discount to attendees on the day of the event. The guild plans to take the summer off and return with more book events in September.

Event slated for authors of biography set in Saudi Arabia

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

Author shares veteran
experiences in new book

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.


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

Signing set for ‘Current Assets’

Arlene Alleman is scheduled to sign her book “Current Assets” at 2 p.m. June 21 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

‘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, which expand on the Oz legends, at 1 p.m. June 29 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

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.

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

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

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


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


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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