Las Vegas book briefs for March 17-23, 2016

Fiction writing: Paul Papa, author of “It Happened in Las Vegas: Remarkable Events That Shaped History,” “Discovering Vintage Las Vegas” and more, is scheduled to talk about fiction writing during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled at 7 p.m. March 17 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The meeting fee is $5. Visit or

“Pretty Is”: Maggie Mitchel is slated to speak about and sign copies of her debut novel, “Pretty Is,” from 7 to 8 p.m. March 17 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit

Gregg Jones: Author and Pulitzer Prize-finalist foreign correspondent and investigative journalist Gregg Jones is scheduled to speak as part of a Black Mountain Institute-sponsored reading at noon March 18 in the Rogers Literature & Law building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit

Spring Fling Book Fair: Readers can meet dozens of local and regional authors, buy autographed books and attend workshops during the annual fair scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit or call 702-507-3458.

Alzheimer’s benefit signing: A local author book signing to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. March 19 at BooksorBooks, 3460 E. Sunset Road, Suite R. A think tank discussion on Alzheimer’s headed up by local author Nancy Nelson is scheduled prior to the signing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit

Exploring punk: Courtney Sheets, who writes fantasy and screenplays under the pen name Seege, is slated to talk about punk themes in romance writing during a meeting of the Las Vegas Romance Writers at 10 a.m. March 19 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit

“Speakers of the Dead”: J. Aaron Sanders, author of “Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery,” is scheduled to speak and sign books from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 19 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit

Transforming Fear to Love: Karen Smith, author of “The ‘I AM’ Solution: Simple Practices to Transform Fear Back to Love,” is set to speak on how trauma is never wasted from 1 to 3 p.m. March 19 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble; and on the world’s need for love from 1 to 3 p.m. May 7 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Visit

Zine Lit: Celebrate Las Vegas’ Zine culture with local and visiting artists who will present handmade magazines from 7 to 8 p.m. March 22 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit

Hike chat: “Hiking Las Vegas” author Branch Whitney is scheduled to speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 24 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive, and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane. Visit

Picture book reading: Palm Springs Ballet Co. founder Robert Beck is slated to read from his picture book “A Bunny in the Ballet” at 1 p.m. March 26 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Free reading classes: Adults are invited to participate in free learn-to-read classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, March 29-May 27, at the Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave. Call 702-507-3530 to register.

Dual signing: Local authors Erica Kiefer and Sally Johnson are scheduled to sign their books at 1 p.m. April 2 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Timber Hawkeye: A discussion with Timber Hawkeye, author of “Buddhist Boot Camp” and “Faithfully Religionless,” is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 2 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit

Reducing library fines: The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District plans a food for fines program April 1-30. For each nonperishable food item brought in to be donated to Three Square food bank, the library will reduce patron fines by $2. Materials must be returned, and food donations can’t be used to pay for lost or damaged materials. Visit

Pen & Palette: The Corner Gallery inside The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 220, is set to host a weekend of art and literature April 2 and 3. The April 2 schedule includes Judy Shine Logan speaking at 10 a.m.; Eric James Miller at 11:30 a.m.; Stephen Murray at 1 p.m.; s h Montgomery at 2:30 p.m.; Tom Keller at 4 p.m.; and William Darrah Whitaker at 5:30 p.m. Speakers for April 3 are set to include Brian Rouff at 10 a.m.; Donald A. Ozello at 11:30 a.m.; Linda Stiles Fox at 1 p.m.; Lori Piotrowski at 2:30 p.m.; Paul Atreides at 4 p.m.; and JG Debs at 5:30 p.m. Visit

Heather Winterer: Poet Heather Winterer is slated to speak as part of the Black Mountain Institute’s Alumni Reading Series at 7 p.m. April 7 in the Rogers Literature & Law building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit

Poetry presentation: Andrew S. Nicholson, assistant professor-in-residence at UNLV and author of “A Lamp Brighter Than Foxfire,” is scheduled to speak from 7 to 8 p.m. April 9 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit

RT Booklovers Convention: Authors, bloggers, librarians and romance fiction fans are invited to connect with more than 200 workshops, parties and a giant book fair at the RT (Romantic Times) Booklovers Convention scheduled April 12-17 at the Rio, 3700 W. Flamingo Road. Full registration through March 21 is $499 for readers, $564 for authors, $475 for industry professionals, and $425 for booksellers and librarians. Day passes start at $124. Saturday-only passes for teens are $20. Visit

Fiction signings: Cecelia Ahern is set to discuss and sign copies of her book “Flawed,” and Rae Carson is slated to present the book “Walk on Earth a Stranger” at 7 p.m. April 13 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Italian evening: Karen Haid, author of “Calabria: The Other Italy,” a book based on four years living and traveling in the region, is slated to speak and sign books from 6 to 7 p.m. April 14 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Visit

Love and publishing: A panel of romance and young adult authors, including Dahlia Adler, Erica Cameron, Lucy Briand, Rachel Harris and Jennifer Allis Provost, is set to discuss the merits of publishing through small presses and traditional publishers from 2 to 4 p.m. April 17 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit

Band tales: An event is slated for the book “NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories,” a tell-all punk band autobiography by NOFX with Jeff Alulis, at 5 p.m. April 18 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Wristbands are set to be distributed to book buyers starting at 9 a.m. Visit

Newbery medalist: Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery medal-winning “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Flora and Ulysses” and the Newbery Honor Book “Because of Winn-Dixie,” is scheduled to talk about her new book “Raymie Nightingale” at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Due to time restrictions, DiCamillo will only sign one copy of previous works.

Las Vegas Writer’s Conference: founder Larry Brooks is slated to give the keynote address at this year’s Las Vegas Writer’s Conference, scheduled April 28-30 at Sam’s Town. Other conference faculty at the Henderson Writers’ Group-sponsored event include agents, acquisition editors and authors from a variety of genres. Registration is $475 or $300 for a Friday or Saturday pass. Clark County high school students and student chaperone Saturday-only passes are $100 per person. Registration at the door, if available, is set to be $525. The conference is limited to 150 participants. Visit

Writing workshop: Beat poet Michael McClure plans to present a writing workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 1 in the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, as part of the Poets of National Stature Reading Series initiated by Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson. Visit

Picture book exhibit: Local graphic novelist Kenneth Lamug plans to exhibit art from his new dark children’s fantasy book “The Stumps of Flattop Hill” through May 3 at the Whitney Library, 5157 E. Tropicana Ave. Visit

Painting stories: Writers of Southern Nevada plans to present a mixed media showcase featuring local authors Vital Germaine and Geoff Schumacher reading, as artists Svetlana Miller and Andy Williams paint along, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Future Painted Stories events are slated for July 31 and Oct. 30. Visit

Writing workshop: Beat poet Michael McClure plans to present a writing workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 1 in the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, as part of the Poets of National Stature Reading Series initiated by Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson. Visit

Megan Volpert: A reading and signing with Megan Volpert, author of “1976,” is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. July 15 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit

Vegas Valley Book Festival: This year’s book festival, an event that typically packs in 100 authors, workshops, panel discussions, readings and signings, is scheduled Oct. 13-15. To apply to be a participating author or vendor, visit


Neon Lit: Neon Lit, a public reading featuring writers from UNLV’s Master of Fine Arts and Ph.D. writing programs, is scheduled at 6 p.m. the fourth Friday of most months at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., No. 100. The next gathering is set for March 18. Visit

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

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

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

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.

Wagonwheel Drive overpass reopens after ice closure
Overpass at Wagonwheel Drive reopens after ice on the onramp caused the ramp to be shut down, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Keeping warm at the city of Las Vegas’ homeless courtyard
With help from the city of Las Vegas, a Salvation Army shelter stays open during the day Thursday and Friday, offering a safe place for the homeless to find respite from freezing temperatures and snow. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sloppy, Slushy Road Conditions Lead to Slow Traffic
Traffic slowed to a crawl on Jones are near Russell as conditions worsened Thursday. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Winter storm blankets west side of Las Vegas Valley
On Wednesday evening through early Thursday a winter storm dumped more than 7 1/2 inches of snow on some parts of the Las Vegas Valley. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas snow day for children
Las Vegas kids play in the snow that fell on Feb. 21, 2019. (Belinda Englman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow closes Red Rock Canyon, residents enjoy rare snowfall
The greater Las Vegas area was hit with snowfall on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2019. This video shows the areas surrounding Red Rock Canyon and the Summerlin community. Video by: Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas kids attend school in the snow
Las Vegas children attend school during a rare snowstorm on Feb. 21, 2019. Staton Elementary School and other CCSD schools remained open. (Glenn Cook/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
People enjoying the snow in Summerlin
Fox Hill Park in Summerlin was busy Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2019, with people enjoying the rare snow that fell overnight. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NHP advises motorists to take caution during Las Vegas snowstorm
NHP advised motorists to take caution during the snowstorm in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Timelapse of snow at Red Rock Canyon
More than 7 inches of snow fell in the western areas of the Las Vegas Valley, including Red Rock Canyon, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow falls at Fremont Street Experince in Las Vegas
Snow falls at the Fremont Street Experience early Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in Las Vegas. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow in Summerlin
Snow in Summerlin on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Anastasia Hendrix/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Snow At Red Rock Casino
Early morning snow in Summerlin on Thursday, feb. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Northwest Las Vegas sees heavy snow fall
Drivers on the 215 Beltway in northwest Las Vegas faced heavy snowfall on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow at Red Rock Casino and Resort.
Snow continues to fall Thursday morning in Summerlin. Heaviest snow west of 215.
Snow soccer in Las Vegas -VIDEO
Players enjoy a game of soccer during a snowstorm in the Anthem area east of Las Vegas on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow falls Wednesday evening in Las Vegas
Heavy snow began falling Wednesday evening in the southwestern part of the Las Vegas valley. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Snow falls on the Las Vegas Strip
Snow falls outside the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip as the Golden Knights play the Boston Bruins. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow near Deer Springs and Buffalo
Snow near Deer Springs Way and Buffalo Drive in the northwest Las Vegas Valley on Feb. 20, 2019.(Cassie Soto/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow in Las Vegas at Red Rock Casino Resort
A winter storm brings snow to Red Rock Casino Resort in Summerlin on Feb. 20, 2019. (David Guzman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
February 20 snow in Centennial Hills (Part 2)
Snowstorm in the far northwest valley. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
February 20 snow in Centennial Hills
Snowstorm in the far northwest valley. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NDOT prepares for snow and ice from winter storm
The Nevada Department of Transportation gears up to keep roads open when snow and ice hit the Las Vegas valley.
Developer gets approval to build homes at Bonnie Springs
The Clark County Planning Commission has approved a plan to build 20 homes on the site of Bonnie Springs Ranch. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Working cats at St. John the Baptist Church
Parish councilmember John Koutsulis talks about the two cats St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church have adopted as part of a working cats program.
Lee Canyon snow makes skiers smile
Skiers and snow boarders took advantage of the Presidents Day holiday and the recent snowfall at Lee Canyon, outside of Las Vegas. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mount Charleston gets fresh blanket of snow
A winter storm drops nearly four inches of fresh snow on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Mount Charleston outside Las Vegas. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Snow in the Las Vegas Valley
Snow accumulated in the Las Vegas Valley for the first time in more than a decade, with snow falling mostly in the western, northwestern and southern areas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review Journal) @bizutesfaye
Snow at US 95 and Lee Canyon Road
Passers-by pulled off Lee Canyon Road northwest of Las Vegas Monday to play in the fresh snow. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Road truck on an empty I-15
Snow and ice contributed to the closure of Interstate 15 near Primm. Jim Prather/Las Vegas Review-Journal
It is a rainy Valentine's Day in Las Vegas - Video
These scenes come from the Las Vegas Stadium LiveCam (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
MAGIC fashion convention showcases men's clothing trends
The MAGIC fashion convention has come to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to showcase some of the hottest clothing trends for men. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Former Army medic’s Afghanistan story told in new book
The graphic novel “Machete Squad” is based on journals written by Las Vegan Brent Dulak.
Las Vegas man talks about losing his wife
Dwayne Murray, 37, lost his wife, LaQuinta while she was at Centennial Hills Hospital. A jury awarded him $43 million last week after it said the hospital failed to perform the standard of care in administering a drug for her sickle cell disease.
Barber sets up shop in grandfather’s old shop
Andres Dominguez’s new barber shop is filled with memories of his grandfather, who ran the El Cortez landmark for more than 30 years. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Life and times of a 90-year-old horse player
Leo Polito of Las Vegas describes meeting legendary jockey and trainer Johnny Longden on the beach at Del Mar. Mike Brunker/Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Learning the history of singing bowls
Presentation at Summerlin Library teaches residents about the history of singing bowls (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vicki Richardson speaks about on the power of art
Artist and arts advocate Vicki Richardson talks about the power of art to inspire and challenge. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
DressCoders pairs tech with haute couture
DressCoders is a startup focused on haute couture garments. The company uses illuminated thread that is washable and can be sewn right into the fabric. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
CES 2019: Brava infrared oven
In cooking with the Brava infrared oven,there’s no preheating. the bulbs can reach 500 degrees in less than a second. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sinks Merge Style And Utility
Study could determine cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases
Dr. Aaron Ritter, director of clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, discusses his research on how inflammation in the brain impacts Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. (Jessie Bekker/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holocaust survivors talk about tragedy and friendship
Janos Strauss and Alexander Kuechel share their perspectives on life. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
'Siegel Cares' Santa delivers toys to kids at Siegel Suites in Las Vegas
Siegel Cares, the charitable wing of The Siegel Group, delivered toys to families at their apartment complexes in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Revisiting “Christ the King” sculpture
A longtime admirer of the sculpture at Christ the King Catholic Community in Las Vegas shares her perspective. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye)
Henderson couple adds another school to their generosity
Bob and Sandy Ellis of Henderson, who donate to several Clark County School District schools, have added Matt Kelly Elementary in Las Vegas to their list of schools where every student gets new shoes, socks and a toy. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Terry Fator Christmas House
Arguably better than a hotel holiday display, is Terry and Angie Fator's home located in southwest Las Vegas.
UNLV Winter Graduation Packs Thomas & Mack
UNLV's 55th winter commencement ceremony included approximately 2,146 undergraduate and graduate students who recently completed their studies. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Build-A-Bear comes to Reed Elementary School
Students participated in a Build-A-Bear-Workshop at Doris Reed Elementary School in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the LVRJ
Rev. Father Seraphim Ramos talks about Greek Orthodox icons during an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center art depicts names of God
Masjid Ibrahim Islamic Center founder Sharaf Haseebullah talks about new diamond-shaped art panels featuring some of the 99 names of Allah at the main entrance the Las Vegas mosque. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Holiday poultry with Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine
Tim and Chemaine Jensen of Village Meat & Wine explain the different types of poultry available for the holidays. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Catholic Charities hosts early Christmas meal
Students from the Bishop Gorman High School football and cheerleader team helped to serve food at the Christmas meal sponsored by the Frank and Victoria Fertitta Foundation at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Sunday. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Incarcerated Christmas
This is the fourth year HOPE for Prisoners has worked with the Nevada Department of Corrections to create a Christmas for prisoners to visit their families. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
2018 Homeless Vigil
Straight From The Streets holds its 23rd annual vigil to remember the 179 homeless individuals who died in Clark County this year.
Getting through the Holiday blues
Psychologist Whitney Owens offers advice on keeping your mental health in check during the Holiday season in Henderson, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military
Operation Homefront Holiday Meals for Military program gave meal kits to 200 families at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10047 in Las Vegas Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. It all started with a chance encounter in a supermarket in Utica, N.Y., near Fort Drum. A soldier, his wife and infant had a handful of grocery items they couldn't afford. A Beam Suntory employee picked up the $12 cost for the groceries. The program has grown from providing 500 meal kits to military families in 2009 to providing more than 7,000 nationally this holiday season.K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhoto
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women
An elegant Tea Party for substance abuse and homeless women at WestCare Women Children Campus in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Former 51s manager Wally Backman chats about new job
Former Las Vegas 51s manager Wally Backman talks about his new job with the independent league Long Island Ducks during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 10, 2018. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Inside the kitchen at Springs Preserve
The staff of Divine Events do party preparation in the kitchen at Divine Cafe at Springs Preserve. With nine parties the following day, this is a particularly busy time for the crew. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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