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Las Vegas book briefs for Aug. 25-31, 2016

Slam champ: Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Patricia Smith is scheduled to lead a free writers’ workshop at 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. She is set to read from her work at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Nevada State College auditorium, 1081 Paradise Hills Drive. Visit clarkcountynv.gov.

“El Guero” signing: Tim Harron is slated to sign copies of his book “El Guero” at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Science fiction author exploration: Author Maer Wilson is set to sign copies of “The Other Side of Philip K. Dick” at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Chapel chat: Stephen Murray is slated to sign copies of “Return to the Chapel of Eternal Love” at 1 p.m. Aug. 28 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Geoff Schumacher: The local historian, author and director of content for the Mob Museum is slated to speak on Howard Hughes, the Mob and the rise of Las Vegas during a meeting of the Henderson Writers’ Group scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E. Tropicana Ave. Visit hendersonwritersgroup.com.

Hiking chat: Branch Whitney, author of several local hiking books, is set to speak about the best hikes around Las Vegas from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. Visit lvccld.org.

Thompson reading: Kevin T. McEneaney is slated to read from and sign “Hunter S. Thompson: Fear, Loathing, and the Birth of Gonzo” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Writer’s Bock, 1020 E. Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Truth or fiction: Donald Riggio is set to lead an interactive event in which participants will be encouraged to write a story of truth and a story of fiction at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at Skinny Dugans, 4127 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit hendersonwritersgroup.com.

David Martin Darst: The senior advisor to and member of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Global Investment Committee, author of several books and the keynote speaker at the upcoming Buckley Group annual client event, is slated to speak to economics and business students at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 31 at the 5959 S. Hualapai Way school. Visit bishopgorman.org.

Las Vegas Stories: Janis L. McKay, author of “Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands,” is scheduled to speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org.

“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare”: The exhibit on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, is scheduled to be on display Sept. 1-29 on the third floor of the Lied Library at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Admission is free, but space is limited. Visit library.unlv.edu to reserve tickets. As part of the tour, the library plans free events and lectures in the library’s Goldfield Room. A preview of “The Bomb-itty of Errors,” a hip-hop adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” is scheduled from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 . A workshop for teachers is set from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 10. “A Taste of Shakespeare” play sampling is scheduled Sept. 11 with “Romeo and Juliet” at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., “Othello” at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. A workshop for families with children ages 6 to 9 is scheduled at 11 a.m. Sept. 17, a Shakespeare insult session for children ages 9 to 12 is scheduled at 1 p.m. Sept. 17. A Create a Folio session for families with children 6 to 12 is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sept. 17. University of Nevada, Reno English department chair Eric Rasmussen is set to talk about the discovery of the Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio at 2 p.m. Sept. 18. Visitors can learn about the First Folio at 4 p.m. Sept. 8, Shakespeare’s gambling world at 3 p.m. Sept. 9, the Arden Shakespeare and theory at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Folger’s secret search for First Folios at 4 p.m. Sept. 15, the Edwin Booth Prompt Books at 4 p.m. Sept. 20, Shakespeare and environmental crisis at 4 p.m. Sept. 21, cashing in on Shakespeare at 4 p.m. Sept. 22, and 16th and 17th century printing technologies at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 .

Transcribing Nevada: An invitational exhibit of Nevada artists and poets sharing selections from their sketchbooks and journals is set to be on display through Sept. 28 at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, 1017 S. First St., Suite 190 in the Art Square garden courtyard. Work is slated to be featured by poets Angela Brommel, Rachel Dexter, Andrew Hall, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Heather Lang, Joseph Langdon, Matthew O’Brien, Joan Robinson and Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña; and artists Jose Alverez, Montana Black, Elizabeth Blau, Gig Deipo, Stewart Freshwater, Suzanne Forestieri, Connie High, Mary Hill, Wayne Littlejohn and Gary Mar. A reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 1, and a hands-on journal and sketchbook project is slated from noon to 2 p.m. at the Nevada Humanities booth at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Visit nevadahumanities.org.

Performance poetry: Local poet Lee Mallory plans to team with musicians Miss Solveig and Mizz Absurd and vocalist Philena Carter to put on “Reunions & Ruin in Love,” a live music and spoken word show, at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at The Beat, 520 Fremont St. Visit facebook.com/battleborn.slam.

Author signing: Local author JG Debs plans to speak and sign copies of her books from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Atria Sutton, 3185 E. Flamingo Road, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Atria Sunlake, 3250 S. Fort Apache Road.

“Murder, Inc.” discussion: Author Christian Cipollini is slated to talk about the book “Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob’s Most Deadly Hit Squad” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave. The presentation is included with paid museum admission. Visit themobmuseum.org.

Conservation lecture: UNLV assistant professor and author Scott Abella is scheduled to talk about conserving America’s national parks during an era of global change during a University Forum Lecture scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 in the auditorium of the Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unlv.edu. Abella is also set to speak from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org.

An evening with H. Lee Barnes: The College of Southern Nevada creative writing teacher and author of “The Gambler’s Apprentice” is scheduled to read an excerpt and discuss writing from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org.

Las Vegas Writers Group: Mercedes M. Yardley, author of “Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsey” and the Bram Stoker Award winner “Little Dead Red,” is scheduled to offer advice on submitting manuscripts to agents and editors during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The meeting fee is $5. Visit meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Writers.

Book art: Sue Cotter is slated to offer a two-day book art workshop in which artists will get hands-on experience crafting books from scratch — painting, cutting pages and sewing and embellishing inside pages — using various media from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at Braewood Heritage Square, 2570 Braewood Drive. The workshop cost is $150, which includes materials. Contact Sylvia Bachiochi at 702-464-0857.

Romance writers: Beth Spaur, president of the Las Vegas Romance Writers, is scheduled to speak on researching to lay a foundation for stronger stories during a Las Vegas Romance Writers meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 in the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit lvrwa.org.

“Children of Exile”: Margaret Peterson Haddix is slated to sign copies of her novel “Children of Exile” at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Emerging Writers Series: Poet Jamal May is set to speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 as part of a Black Mountain Institute event at in the Rogers Literature & Law Building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

Craft exploration: Krista Lukas is set to lead a writing workshop at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 in the community room at Findlay Chevrolet, 6800 S. Torrey Pines Drive. The fee is $40 for Henderson Writers’ Group members and $50 for nonmembers. Visit hendersonwritersgroup.com.

Story Salsa: Storyteller Liz Mangual is set to perform at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane; at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive; and at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Visit lvccld.org.

Debate discussion: Alan Schroeder, professor at the Northeastern University School of Journalism in Boston and author of “Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail,” is slated to speak from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 in Greenspun Hall at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit unlv.edu.

Poetry competition: Clark County students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit original poems for the Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition. Modeled after the national Poetry Out Loud and the Scholastic Writing competitions, students who register by Sept. 30 will be invited to prepare three poems for performance before a panel of poets, authors and educators from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Vegas Valley Book Festival at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The first prize is $300, second $200 and third $100. Visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org/spark.

Uncensored Voices: Columnist Steve Sebelius is set to host the event to mark Banned Books Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1) from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. A panel of educators and experts is to discuss the state of censorship in Nevada, and Cockroach Theatre is to present a staged reading of challenged and banned books. Visit lvccld.org.

Vegas Valley Book Festival: The 15th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival is slated to host panel discussions, author readings, workshops, signings and more for all ages from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. This year’s book festival is set to host authors including Katherine Boo, Amy Rose Capetta, Don Calame, Mary Guinan, Nathan Hale, Amy Ignatow, Craig Johnson, Norm Kresge, Cori McCarthy, Megan McDonald, Jim Nisbet, Stephan Pastis, Thomas Perry, Sharon Schaaf, Stephen Savage, Stacy Schiff, Eliot Schrefer, Frank Shankwitz, Adam Silvera, Mister G, F. Andrew Taylor, Jodi Thomas, Randy Sutton, Alisa Valdes and Chuck Williams. School visits by some authors are planned on Oct. 14. The festival also plans a Spark! teen poetry writing and performance competition with entries due Sept. 30. Visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org.

Deepak Chopra: The author of “Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out” is scheduled to discuss the future of well-being and ways to enhance consciousness at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets start at $35. Limited VIP packages with a meet and greet pre-show reception, refreshments and a signed copy of “Radical Beauty” are $175. Visit thesmithcenter.com.

Bob Newhart: The comedian and best-selling author is set to speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Tickets start at $29. Visit thesmithcenter.com.


Online fiction: Overton resident Elizabeth Trombley offers free short stories for readers 12 or older at her website, authorinwaiting.com.

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. Email facilitator Glory Wade at glorywadewriter@gmail.com.

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. Call 702-229-4800.

Science fiction and fantasy writing group: 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. Call 702-334-0204.

Barnes & Noble 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.

Henderson Writers Group: 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. Visit hendersonwritersgroup.com.

Memoir-writing workshops: 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. Call 702-382-9695.

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