Las Vegas book briefs for April 9-15, 2015

HISTORIAN MICHAEL GREEN TO SPEAK

UNLV historian Michael Green plans to discuss his new book “Nevada: A History of the Silver State” at 7 p.m. April 9 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. For more information, visit lvccld.org.

LIBRARY DISTRICT TO ACCEPT FOOD TO PAY OFF FINES

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans to launch its first Food for Thought drive to allow patrons to bring in food donations to pay off library fines April 12-25. For every nonperishable canned or packaged food item brought in, the library district is set to waive $2 toward patron fines. There is no limit to the dollar amount that can be waived. Food will be donated to Three Square food bank. For more information, visit lvccld.org.

THE WRITER’S BLOCK EXPANDS WEBSITE AND OFFERINGS

The new downtown bookstore The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., recently expanded its website with the addition of a full schedule of literary events, including readings and signings for adults and free workshops for students ages 5 to 18. Kids’ workshops are each limited to six students who are selected via lottery. Topics range from printmaking to flash fiction. Upcoming adult events include Pam Braun reading from “The Ultimate Anti-Cancer Cookbook” from 2 to 4 p.m. April 12 and Arnie and Sheila Wexler reading from “All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery From Gambling Addiction” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 22. For more information, visit thewritersblock.org.

PAUL MICHELSEN TO BE FEATURED AT 5/5+

Poets are invited to share original work for five minutes followed by attendees offering comments for five minutes during 5/5+, a workshop series put on by Nick Marco, Lana Hanson and Lee Mallory, scheduled every two weeks at BooksorBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R. The next session, planned from 3 to 5 p.m. April 11, is set to feature the work of Paul Michelsen. For more information, call 702-754-5971, email jtjmarco@live.com, raisewomenup@gmail.com or leewmallory3@gmail.com or search for 5/5+ on Facebook.

LITERARY GUILD TO WELCOME ROBYN CARR

The Sun City MacDonald Ranch Literary Guild plans a literary event featuring Henderson best-selling romance author Robyn Carr at 2 p.m. April 12 at the Desert Willow Community Center, 2020 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway. Admission is free, and guests receive a 20 percent discount in the center’s restaurant the day of the event. Carr is slated to discuss “One Wish,” the newest book in her Thunder Bay series, and “Wildest Dreams,” a book set to be released in September. For more information on Carr, visit robyncarr.com.

FREE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS PLANNED AT LIBRARY

A free Creative Writing @ Your Library series is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Writers 18 or older are encouraged to participate and share.

Members of the Henderson Writers’ Group are slated to facilitate workshop sessions on a variety of topics, including memoirs on April 14, screenwriting on April 28, editing your own work on May 12 and publishing options on May 26. For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.com.

The Henderson Writers’ Group also plans to host its 2015 Las Vegas Writer’s Conference April 23-25 at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway. For more information, visit lasvegaswritersconference.com.

BLACK MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE NAMES NEW BATCH OF FELLOWS

Black Mountain Institute’s 2015-16 Fellows have been announced. “Up in the Air” author Walter Kirn and Nigerian novelist, essayist and political columnist Okey Ndibe have been named Bennett Fellows. Pulitzer Prize-finalist, foreign correspondent and investigative journalist Gregg Jones has been named the Kluge Fellow in cooperation with the Library of Congress. J.R.R. Tolkien scholar John Garth has been named Fellow in Humanistic Studies. Fellows traditionally spend an academic year in residence at UNLV writing, speaking and, on occasion, participating as visitors in UNLV graduate classes. For more information, visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

SHARE POEMS AT HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Polish up a poem or two and try them out at Human Experience, a free spoken word event scheduled from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays in its new home at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. Participants 18 or older are welcome. For more information, visit facebook.com/humanexperiencelasvegas.

AUTHOR TO SIGN ‘THE 52ND’

Dela, author of the young adult urban fantasy “The 52nd,” is set to meet readers at 2 p.m. April 11 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

REPORTER TO SIGN TRUE-CRIME BOOK

Crime reporter Carolina Sarassa is set to sign copies of “Dancing on Her Grave: The Murder of a Las Vegas Showgirl,” written with Diana Montane, at 2 p.m. April 11 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. The true-crime book follows the 2010 murder of Debbie Flores.

AUTHOR TO SIGN ‘PAPA’S GIFT’

Local author George McLendon is scheduled to sign his book “Papa’s Gift” at 1 p.m. April 11 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

SIGNING SET AT TIVOLI VILLAGE FOR ‘A CHARLESTON YANKEE’

Michael Mercurio, author of “A Charleston Yankee,” plans to host a book signing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 11 at Leone Cafe in Tivoli Village, 400 S. Rampart Blvd.

AUTHOR TO SIGN ‘THE ASCENDENT ANGELS’

Angela Brooks is set to sign “The Ascendent Angels” at 1 p.m. April 12 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

SIGNING SET FOR 10 COMMANDMENTS BOOK

Father Max Oliva, a North Las Vegas-based Jesuit priest, plans to sign copies of his latest book “The 10 Commandments for Everyday Life” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 in the McFarland Room of Bevan Hall at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church, 3050 Alta Drive. Wine and cheese are set to be served. The book is $10 and can be purchased at the event with cash or check only. For more information, call 702-649-7594 or visit ethicsinthemarketplace.com.

HIKING AUTHOR PLANS EVENT

“Hiking Las Vegas” author Branch Whitney is set to speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 16 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. For more information, visit lvccld.org.

MORGAN ST. JAMES TO SPEAK TO WRITERS GROUP

Local author and editor Morgan St. James is scheduled to speak on character-driven vs. plot-driven style during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. April 16 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A $5 meeting fee is charged. For more information, visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers.

AUTHOR TO SPEAK ON DEVELOPING A SERIES

Award-winning romance author Jodi Thomas is set to present a program titled Word Building: A Look into How to Build a Series during a meeting of the Las Vegas Romance Writers from 10 a.m. to noon April 18 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Thomas has published at least one book a year for 27 years and has been on the New York Times Best-seller list multiple times. For more on the event, visit lvrwa.org.

WRITING ADVENTURES STUDIO TO OFFER CAMPS

Summer camps are scheduled from June 8 through Aug. 14 at the new Writing Adventures studio, 3227 E. Warm Springs Road. Camp fees are $199 a week, with classes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional extended care is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The studio also offers ongoing tutoring and classes. For more information, visit writingadventuresusa.com or call 702-413-6199.

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH SUPER SAMPLER SLATED

In honor of National Poetry Month, a Poetry Super Sampler featuring talent from all over the Las Vegas Valley is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. For more information, call 702-229-4800 or 702-507-3989, or visit www.artslasvegas.org.

CLARK COUNTY SEEKS POET LAUREATE NOMINATIONS

Clark County is seeking applicants for the honorary position of Clark County Poet Laureate. The two-year term for the volunteer post is set to begin June 1. Poets must live in Clark County and be at least 18. A committee of five county residents will make the selection. Candidates must be willing to participate in public and educational gatherings. An application packet should include a resume, biography, work samples totaling not more than 20 pages, publication credits, list of public appearances and accomplishments, three letters of recommendation and a one-page statement on the role of poet laureate and how they might fulfill it. The submission deadline is May 1. Packets may be emailed to gaffeypj@clarkcountynv.gov or mailed to Poet Laureate Nominations, Attn: Patrick Gaffey, Winchester Cultural Center, 3131 McLeod Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89120. For more information, email Gaffey at the address above or call 702-455-7340.

AUTHORS PLAN DOUBLE SIGNING

Austin Aslan is set to sign his book “The Islands at the End of the World” while Amy K. Nichols signs her book “Now That You’re Here” at 2 pm. April 18 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TO BENEFIT FROM SIGNING

An author’s book signing to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Las Vegas is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at BooksOrBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R. Authors slated to participate include: Nancy Nelson, author of “Blue.River.Apple.”; Gina Morena Wilson, author of “Donald’s Story”; Frank Kennerley, author of “My Last Trip with Carol”; Bernita A. Glenn, author of “Behind Every Dark Cloud — A Caregiver’s Heart”; Stephen Murrah, author of The Chapel of Eternal Love”; and s.h. Montgomery, author of “Whisper in the Blood.” A percentage of book sales will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

LIBRARY TEAMS WITH MOB MUSEUM FOR CARD DRIVE

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the Mob Museum have teamed for a library card sign-up campaign throughout April. Patrons who sign up for a library card or like the district’s Facebook page during April will be entered for a chance to win a gift basket from the museum that includes a one-year family membership. Nevada residents can also present their library card at the museum during April for a $2 discount. For more information, visit lvccld.org or themobmuseum.org.

SIGNING SET FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER

Local author Anna Mae Zuccari-Teitelbaum plans to sign her psychological thriller “You’ll Never Know or Will You?” at 1 p.m. April 18 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

‘KOKOPELLI DREAM CATCHERS OF AN ANCIENT’ AUTHOR TO VISIT

Donald Esenbach plans to sign “Kokopelli, Dream Catchers of an Ancient” at 11 a.m. April 19 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

JODI THOMAS TO SIGN NEW BOOK

Romance author Jodi Thomas is set to sign her new novel “One True Heart” at 3:30 p.m. April 19 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY GROUP UNDERWAY IN LIBRARY

Readers, writers and editors of science fiction and fantasy are invited to check out a new group scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Saturdays in meeting room two at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. For more information, call 702-334-0204.

LEGEND SERIES AUTHOR PLANS LAS VEGAS VISIT

Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series, is scheduled to discuss the art of writing and her books, including her recently released novel “The Young Elites,” at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. For more information, visit lvccld.org.

UNLV WRITERS WELCOME ALL TO NEON LIT

Neon Lit, a public reading featuring writers from UNLV’s Master of Fine Arts and Ph.D. writing programs, is scheduled the fourth Friday of most months at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., No. 100. For more information, visit neonlit.org.

NIKKOS ZORBAS PLANS SIGNING

Local author Nikkos Zorbas plans to sign his books “Discovering Your Personal Power” and “Discovering Your Business Power: at 1 p.m. April 25 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

JACK SHEEHAN TO SPEAK AT UNLV

Author and journalist Jack Sheehan is set to discuss making a living as a writer from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 30 in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Sheehan is the author of 18 nonfiction books, including “Buried Lies,” “Skin City,” “Class of ’47” and “Quiet Kingmaker.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit unlv.edu.

MARRIAGE AUTHOR TO OFFER ADVICE

Bryan Sanford plans to sign “Balance of Passion: How to Stop Pretending and Going Through the Motions of Marriage” at 2 p.m. April 26 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

LAS VEGAS COMIC CON SET FOR APRIL 24-26

The inaugural Wizard World Las Vegas Comic Con is scheduled for April 24-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road. The event is set to feature comic artists and writers and an assortment of television and movie actors and fans dressed in costumes. For more information, visit wizardworld.com/home-lasvegas.html.

BAUMAN TO SHOW RARE COOKBOOKS

Bauman Rare Books is slated to present a display of rare and unusual cookbooks and cocktail and bartender guides through April 12 in the Bauman’s gallery in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Highlights of the exhibit include a first edition of a Jewish Cookery Book, valued at $15,000, a first edition of Julia Child’s “Cooking with Master Chefs,” valued at $1,200, and a 1865 Louis Pasteur autographed letter requesting a key ingredient for his experiments that would save the French wine industry, valued at $9,800. For more information, visit baumanrarebooks.com.

BARNES & NOBLE TO HOST WRITING GROUP

The 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble plans to host a writing critique group at 5:15 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. The group is limited to the first 20 participants per meeting. Sign up at meetup.com/las-vegas-creative-writing-class.

RICHARD SILKEN TO SPEAK AT UNLV

The Black Mountain Institute is set to host a presentation by poet, editor, painter and filmmaker Richard Siken at 7 p.m. April 30 in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium at at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. For more information, visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

PARENTING AUTHOR PLANS EVENT

Vickie Hoefle is scheduled to sign “The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up” at 6 p.m. April 30 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

ALIANTE LIBRARY TO HOST WRITERS CLUB

The Aliante Library Writers Club is scheduled to meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Way. For more information, email facilitator Glory Wade at glorywadewriter@gmail.com.

ARTS CENTER TO HOST POETS CORNER

The West Las Vegas Arts Center, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., plans to host poets corner readings with Keith Brantley at 7 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month. For more information, call the center at 702-229-4800.

LIBRARY CAN BENEFIT FROM AMAZON PURCHASES

At no cost to you, purchases made at amazon.com can help the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. The district benefits not only when you buy books but also movies, CDs, electronics, appliances and more. To start, visit wowbrary.org/lasvegas and the online retailer will donate roughly 7.5 percent of your purchases to the district.

For more information, email ask@lvccld.org or call the Virtual Library section at 702-507-6300.

FREE READ TO ME PROGRAM OFFERED

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 702-240-2665. Both databases are frequently updated with fresh stories. Parents and teachers can download lesson plans for each book on the website.

HENDERSON WRITERS GROUP MEETINGS SET

The Henderson Writers Group plans to meet 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. For more information, visit hendersonwritersgroup.

MEMOIR-WRITING WORKSHOPS SLATED

An ongoing series of free four-week memoir-writing workshops is scheduled at noon Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Fridays at the Las Vegas FamilySearch Library, 509 S. Ninth St. Four-week sessions are set to begin the first week of every month. For more information, call 702-382-9695.

ACCESS RECORDED BOOK PROGRAMS ONLINE

Too busy to get out to book programs? The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District posts videos and podcasts of many of its programs online. Selections available 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 blackmountaininstitute.org and select “multimedia.”

NEVADA STATE MUSEUM COLLECTING PHOTOS FOR BOOK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF NORTH LAS VEGAS

The Nevada State Museum is looking for photos for a book about the history of North Las Vegas.

Photos are sought that document regular life and special events, from family barbecues to award ceremonies, or show what the city looked like back in the day. Photographs from the 1930s and 1940s are of particular interest.

Museum professionals are set to scan photographs, and the originals will remain with the donors.

For more information, call Crystal R. Van Dee at 702-822-8751.

POP-UP POETRY SERIES SLATED

The Las Vegas Poets Organization, in conjunction with Nevada Humanities, plans to present a monthly series in the 18b Las Vegas Arts District every First Friday at the Nevada Humanities offices at Art Square, 1017 S. First St. Each month, featured poets are set to present a reading from their works at 7 p.m. In upcoming months, the organiztion plans to feature poets Jess Flo, Bakeem Lloyd, Elizabeth Quinones Saldana, Madeline Beckwith and more. For more information, visit lasvegaspoets.org.

WALTER MOSLEY TO DELIVER LECTURE ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Easy Rawlins mysteries series author Walter Mosley is set to deliver a Black Mountain Institute hosted Jim Rogers Contrarian Lecture on higher education at 7 p.m. May 7 in the Student Union Ballroom at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. For more information, visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

UNITED WAY PLANS FREE FLIP THROUGH SUMMER READING KICKOFF

The United Way of Southern Nevada’s Flip Through Summer reading kickoff is set to return from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The annual event is set to feature six book nooks with live readings and activities. Children are invited to explore favorites such as “The Cat in the Hat,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Stuart Little,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Dora the Explorer” and the Harry Potter series.

Families can also participate in a book swap where each individual can bring two books and swap them for two new books. To learn more about sponsorship, contact Chris Cappas at 702-892-2322 or chrisc@uwsn.org. For event details, visit uwsn.org/flipthroughsummer.

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