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Las Vegas book briefs for June 11-17, 2015

THE WRITER’S BLOCK PLANS EVENTS

The downtown bookstore The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., offers a full schedule of literary events, including readings and signings for adults and free workshops for students ages 5 to 18. Upcoming events planned include a launch party for Helen: A Literary Magazine from 5 to 7 p.m. June 12 and a book club meeting discussing “The Cold Song” from 6 to 8 pm. June 26. For more information, visit thewritersblock.org.

POETRY 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 is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. June 20. 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.

AUTHOR TO SPEAK ABOUT RUNNING INJURY PREVENTION

Dr. Donald A. Ozello, owner of Championship Chiropractic and author of “Running: Maximize Performance & Minimize Injuries,” plans to speak on preventing running injuries at 2:30 p.m. July 12 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. For more information, visit championshipchiropractic.com.

BOOKSORBOOKS TO HOST EVENTS

Local author Yetta Yvette is set to sign copies of her book “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” and give away ice cream at 1 p.m. June 13 at BooksorBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R.

BooksorBooks is also set to host a signing featuring Oklahoma writer Baby T., author of “The V.I.C.T.I.M.S. (Victors, Innocent, Criminal, Trapped, Intriguing, Malicious, Soulful)” at 1 p.m. June 12 and 27.

SIGNING SLATED FOR MODEL’S MEMOIR

Elaine Cali McNamara plans to sign copies of her memoir of her modeling days “In the Midst of Cowboys Crooners and Gangsters: Recollections of the Las Vegas Glamour Era” at 1 p.m. June 13 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

NEW SUMMERLIN WRITERS WORKSHOP PLANS FIRST MEETING

The Summerlin’s Writer and Poets Workshop is scheduled to meet for the first time from 3:30 to 5 p.m. June 19 at the Humana Guidance Center, 8885 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 140, near Whole Food’s Market.

The group’s purpose is to provide a supportive and friendly environment for writers to develop skills. For more information, call Sandy Toles at 702-204-4250.

READER MEET THE AUTHOR SERIES EVENTS SCHEDULED

Donald Averitt, author of “Franchise Validator – Questions You Should Ask to Avoid Financial Ruin,” plans to meet with readers from 1 to 3 p.m. June 13 in the lobby of the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, as part of the library’s Reader Meet the Author series. The series is set to feature Vivian Jones, author of “Decisions,” from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 20. Jones is also slated to speak on intimate partner abuse at the library at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit mypubliclibrary.com.

EVENT PLANNED FOR ‘YOU ARE NOT ALONE’

David Hershwitzky is set to sign copies of his book “You Are Not Alone” at 2 p.m. June 14 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

JOHN HILL TO SPEAK TO WRITERS GROUP

Screenwriter and novelist John Hill is scheduled to speak about writing short stories during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled for 7 p.m. June 18 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. A $5 meeting fee is charged. For more information, visit meetup.com/las-vegas-writers.

SIGNING PLANNED FOR ‘THE LYIN KINGS’

Local author Irene Petteice is set to sign her book “The Lyin Kings” at 1 p.m. June 13 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

SIGNING SET FOR ‘MIRACLES AND MURDER’

Jet Arnett plans to sign copies of her book “Miracles and Murder: Love Lost and Found” at 1 p.m. June 14 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

CLARK COUNTY NAMES FIRST POET LAUREATE

The Clark County Commission named Bruce Isaacson as the first Clark County Poet Laureate. His term started June 1 and is set to last two years. A committee of poets and writers also selected Jessica “Jes Flo” Washington as alternate poet laureate during the term. Isaacson, 59, has lived in Las Vegas since 1995. He studied at Brooklyn College unde Allen Ginsberg, who guided his studies and his Master of Fine Arts thesis. Isaacson was also mentored by poet Robert Haas’ workshop at the University of California, Berkeley. Isaacson is known in the San Francisco Bay Area as organizer and poet in the Café Babar readings in the 1980s and 1990s for Zeitgeist Press, which he founded with two other poets in 1986. He remains publisher and co-editor of Zeitgeist, which has more than 100 titles, including notable Las Vegas books. In 1992, he became involved in poetry and translation at the Writers Union in Leningrad. Starting in 1997, he participated in readings in Las Vegas at Café Espresso Roma and Enigma Garden. His work has appeared in a number of Las Vegas publications, including Red Rock Review, which he also edited. He now runs a Las Vegas-based employment agency, real estate and consulting business and lives in Las Vegas with his wife and daughter. His son is a junior at Reed College.

FANTASY AUTHORS PLAN VISIT

Deborah Dorchak and Wendi Kelly plan to sign their Bonds of Blood and Spirit fantasy series books at 1 p.m. June 20 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

ROMANCE WRITERS TO MEET

A meeting of the Las Vegas Romance Writers is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon June 20 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. The June event is set to feature a publishing success workshop led by romance novelist Melissa Cutler. For more on the event, visit lvrwa.org.

SIGNING TO SUPPORT ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

A book signing to support the local Alzheimer’s Association is slated from 1 to 4 p.m. June 20 at BooksorBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R.

LEE MALLORY HEADS UP SEVENS LIVE!

Poet Lee Mallory plans to present Sevens Live!, a new poetry, music and comedy showcase, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays inside the Cantina at the Silver Sevens, 4100 Paradise Road. Admission is free with a one-drink minimum. For more information, call 702-733-7300.

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS OFFERED

Summer reading programs are underway in libraries across the valley. For details on Las Vegas-Clark County Library District programs, visit lvccld.org. For more on Henderson Libraries, visit mypubliclibrary.com. For more on North Las Vegas programs, visit nlvld.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 at The Center, 401 S. Maryland Parkway. Participants 18 or older are welcome. For more information, visit facebook.com/humanexperiencelasvegas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

VEGAS VALLEY BOOK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES KEYNOTES

Brad Meltzer and Colum McCann have been selected to be keynote speakers for this year’s Vegas Valley Book Festival, Oct. 15-17.

Meltzer, author of “The Inner Circle,” “The Book of Fate” and seven other best-selling thrillers, is set to open the festival Oct. 7 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.

McCann is the author of two story collections and six novels, including the National Book Award-winning “Let the Great World Spin.”

Other festival events are set to include vendor booths, panel discussions, readings and workshops for adults, teens and children. All events are free. Volunteers are needed, and vendors must sign up for booths before July 1. Watch for a full schedule to be released on the festival website at vegasvalleybookfestival.org.

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.

LIBRARY CAN BENEFIT FROM AMAZON PURCHASES

At no cost to participants, purchases made at amazon.com can help the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. The district benefits not only when customers 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.

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