Book Briefs for Oct. 9-15

Newt Gingrich is scheduled to sign copies of his book "A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters" alongside his wife, Callista, who is to sign copies of her children’s book "Land of the Pilgrim’s Pride: Ellis Discovers the 13 Colonies" at 7 p.m. today at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. For more information, call 631-1775.

Desert’s influence on George R. Stewart to be discussed in lecture

Donald M. Scott plans a free lecture titled "Sci-Fi in the Desert: The Life and Works of George R. Stewart" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Nevada serves as a backdrop for many of Stewart’s novels, including "Sheep Rock." For more information, visit or call 895-3401.

‘Dinosaur vs…’ author roars into town

Bob Shea, author/illustrator of "Dinosaur vs. The Potty," "Dinosaur vs. Bedtime," "I’m a Shark" and more, is scheduled to celebrate the release of his new book "Dinosaur vs. Santa" with an appearance scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson. For more information, visit or call 564-9287.

Writers of Southern Nevada plan freelance writing conference

Making Cent$ of a Writing Career, a Writers of Southern Nevada freelance writing conference, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road.

Slated speakers include Steve Friess, Andrew Kiraly, Heidi Kyser, Steve Blust, Geoff Schumacher, Rick Lax and Jackie Brett. Topic discussions are to include marketing, avoiding common editing mistakes, reaching out to national markets and handling rejection.

Admission is $149. Continental breakfast is included, as is lunch with industry experts leading table discussions. For more information, visit

Female policing pioneer to sign books

Debra Gauthier, author of "Bright Lights, Dark Places: Pioneering as a Female Police Officer in Las Vegas," and Cathy Scott, author of "The Millionaire’s Wife: The True Story of a Real Estate Tycoon, His Beautiful Young Mistress, and a Marriage that Ended in Murder," are scheduled to sign books at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Signing set for ‘The Support Group’

Shirley Oldridge is scheduled to sign the novel "The Support Group" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

CSN to host Tod Goldberg events

Tod Goldberg, author of nine novels and two short story collections, most recently "Other Resort Cities," is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 in room K101 at the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston campus, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., and at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in room B101 on the campus.

Fablehaven series author plans visit

Brandon Mull, best known for the Fablehaven and the Beyonders books, is scheduled to speak during a free event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Galleria Library inside the Gallery at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road in Henderson. A reception and book signing is scheduled to follow. For more information, visit vegasvalleybook or call 207-4275.

Young writers invited to coffee house

Young writers 12 to 17 are invited to share poetry at a Coffee House event sponsored by the Teen Writing Club from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit to register.

Mob museum hosting Inside Stories series

The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement, The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., is scheduled to continue its Inside Stories fall speaker series with a talk by security expert Mark Galeotti, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets are $35.

The series is also set to feature crime-fighting lawyer G. Robert Blakey at 6 p.m. Nov. 13. Presentations include a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. Visit for details.

BMI fall season schedule to include poetry reading and more

The Black Mountain Institute plans several free presentations including James Longenbach reading poetry at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Flamingo, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South; Jennifer Egan, in cooperation with the Vegas Valley Book Festival, at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.; Wole Soyinka at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the student union, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway; A Nevada Emerging Writers Series featuring Leslie Jamison at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Greenspun Hall auditorium, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway; Mustapha Marrouchi at 7 p.m. March 6 in the 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 student union.

For more information, visit black

Workshop to discuss novel publishing

A free workshop titled "How to Get Your Novel Published" directed by Erin Lale, an acquisitions editor from Damnation Books, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Participants are asked to bring the first page of their novel. Visit to register.

Las Vegas Romance writers to welcome Amber Scott

Amber Scott, author of "Soul Search" and "Love Soul Deep" plans to direct a discussion titled "Your Brain on Writing" at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 during a Las Vegas Romance Writers meeting set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Wengert Conference Room at the NV Energy Building, 6226 W. Sahara Ave. Visit for details. For more on the author, visit

Patricia Falanga to be featured

The READ Local Author Series is scheduled to feature Patricia Falanga, author of the novel "American Music," from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. The fourth Monday of each month the series features local authors meeting with readers in the library’s lobby. For more information, visit or call 492-6580.

Inspirational poetry event slated

Shellykay Saunders is scheduled to read and sign copies of her inspirational poetry from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. The reading is to be accompanied by acoustic guitar performed by Keith Saunders. For more information, visit

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 for more information. Meetings are open to the public.

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


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."

S.P. Grogan’s ‘bin Laden’s Revenge’ is now available in its entirety

Local author S.P. Grogan’s "bin Laden’s Revenge," first released as a serial e-book, is now available in its completed form. The book tracks a bounty hunter reality show on its quest to capture Osama bin Laden. When the U.S. Navy beats them to it, the TV stars uncover an al-Qaeda plot against the United States. For more on the book, visit

Teen Writing Club plans meetings

A Teen Writing Club for writers ages 12 to 17 meets from 4 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of most months at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Twice a year the club hosts a Coffee House open mic event. For more information, call 207-4260.


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 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

Events set for ‘Sun, Sin & Suburbia’

Geoff Schumacher, a 23-year Las Vegas journalist who now serves as the publisher of the Ames Tribune and its sister publications in central Iowa, is headed back to Southern Nevada to promote a new revised and expanded edition of "Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas."

From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Schumacher is scheduled to join a group of editors in a panel discussion designed to help freelance writers avoid big mistakes during the Making Cent$ of a Writing Career conference scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gold Coast, 4000 W. Flamingo Road. Visit for details.

A book launch featuring a discussion of Las Vegas’ past, present and future is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Nevada State Museum, 309 S. Valley View Blvd., at the Springs Preserve. Admission to the program is free. Those who would like to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling 822-8735. Schumacher also plans a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit

NFR dirt is the most important part of the rodeo
NFR has bull riding, saddle bronc, barrel racing, tie down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and bareback riding but one of the most important part of the rodeo according to construction maintenance manager Allen Rheinheimer is the dirt that they all take place in. Review-Journal sports writer Ed Graney chats with Rheinheimer and ground man John Jamison to get an inside look at the dirt in Thomas & Mack at the National Finals Rodeo.
North Las Vegas Pedestrian-cyclist Survey
North Las Vegas officials are seeking comments from residents in hopes of bettering their experience in the city. An online survey has been set up for citizens to share their opinions and give their suggestions.
NFR Day 8 Highlights
Highlights from round 8 of the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas, Nevada. (CBS Sports Network/PRCA)
NFR - Wyatt Denny Talks About Representing Nevada
NFR Bareback Rider Wyatt Denny talks to host Cassie Soto about being the only Nevada representative in the NFR this year and his skiing talent.
Junior NFR Offers Breakaway Roping for Girls
Unlike the NFR at the Thomas and Mack Center, the Junior NFR at the Las Vegas Convention Center offers breakaway roping for girls 19-and under. This event allows the young women of rodeo one more event to participate in, aside from barrel racing.
North Las Vegas Pedestrian-Cyclist Survey
North Las Vegas officials are seeking comments from residents in hopes of bettering their experience in the city. An online survey has been set up for citizens to share their opinions and give their suggestions.
NFR Day 7 Highlights
Highlights from the 7th go-round of the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (CBS Sports Network/PRCA)
NFR- Jessica Routier
NFR Barrel Racer Jessica Routier talks about being at her first NFR, her horses, and her family with Cassie Soto in front of Thomas & Mack before round 7 of the National Finals Rodeo.
The Nevada State Museum
The Nevada State Museum of Las Vegas, located at the Springs Preserve, covers all eras of the state, from prehistoric to today.
NFR Day 6 Highlights
Highlights from the 6th go-round of the 2018 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (CBS Sports Network/PRCA)
Las Vegas Bowl Teams Talk Shop at Maverick Helicopters
Arizona State, Fresno State talk to the media at Maverick Helicopters.
NFR- Will Lowe
NFR Bareback Rider Will Lowe talks with Aaron Drawhorn about his 15 years at the NFR, starting to ride at age 7, and renewing his wedding vowels this year in Las Vegas before night 6 of the National Finals Rodeo.
Veterans Village
Veterans Village and Veterans Village II were created to assist homeless veterans get back on their feet. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday party cocktails
Veterans Village II Unveils Model Container Home
Veteran's Village II unveiled a model container home. The organization will be building 10 of these container homes to house veterans of the village. Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal
NFR Day 5 Highlights
NFR Day 5 Highlights
NFR- Kory Koontz
NFR Team Roper Kory Koontz talks about his years at the event since 1992, his dynamic with a 23 year old partner Dustin Egusquiza, and how he contines to perform with diabetes with Aaron Drawhorn outside of Thomas & Mack before round 5 of the National Rodeo Finals.
Meet the woman behind the Las Vegas Bowl
Melissa Meacham-Grossman is the associate executive director for the Las Vegas Bowl. (Jason Bracelin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NFR Highlights Day 4
NFR highlights day 4
NFR Introduces Golden Circle Of Champions
For the first time, the National Finals Rodeo has partnered with the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo to offer the Golden Circle of Champions. The event brings in 20 children and their families from around the country that have previously or are currently fighting life-threatening cancer.
NFR Time Lapse 2018
Watch Thomas & Mack Center transform from a basketball court to an arena fit for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Video courtesy of Las Vegas Events.
RJ's Mark Anderson on the UNLV loss
Review-Journal sports reporter Mark Anderson recaps UNLV's loss at Illinois. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Joel Ntambwe on performance against Illinois
UNLV forward Joel Ntambwe talks about the 18 points he scored against Illinois. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Amauri Hardy on loss at Illinois
UNLV guard Amauri Hardy talks about Saturday's loss at Illinois. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Marvin Menzies on loss at Illinois
UNLV basketball coach Marvin Menzies talks about Saturday's loss at Illinois. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Baby Roman's mother and his doctor talk about his medical condition
Baby Roman's mother and his doctor talk about his medical condition. Roman was born Dec. 13, 2017 and has been at Sunrise Children Hospital with a rare heart condition since. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
NFR 2018: Unique Gifts At Cowboy Christmas
Before you head over to the Thomas and Mack for NFR, be sure to check out some of the unique and one of a kind items at Cowboy Christmas!
NFR: Dale Brisby
Day two of the National Finals Rodeo has started and Premier Vegas Sports host Cassies Soto interviews social media influencer Super Puncher Dale Brisby.
103-year-old celebrates birthday at gym
Joe Rosa of Las Vegas celebrated his 103rd birthday celebration at 24 Hour Fitness in Summerlin Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. After being the victim of a hit-and-run crash, Rosa's medical team told him he would never walk again. Rosa credits physical therapy and a personal trainer at the club for his return to health. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Henderson native Mason Clements finished second in NFR bareback go-round
Mason Clements discusses his second-place bareback ride on opening night of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec 6, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tony Sanchez wraps up the UNLV season
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez wraps up the season. Video by Mark Anderson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
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