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Las Vegas book briefs for March 3-9, 2016

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” March 3 through May 3 at the Whitney Library, 5157 E. Tropicana Ave. A reception is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 3. Visit thestumpsbook.com.

Ferris wheel history: Readers are invited to meet Kathryn Gibbs Davis, the author of “Mr. Ferris and His Wheel,” this year’s selection for the Each One Read One community reading program, at 10:30 a.m. March 3 at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Visit lvccld.org.

Las Vegas stories: Joanne L. Goodwin is set to discuss the stories of women who lived and worked in Las Vegas during an event co-sponsored by the University of Nevada Press scheduled at 7 p.m. March 3 in the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Visit lvccld.org.

Michael Wolfe: The author of 10 books of poetry, fiction and travel, including “Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs,” is scheduled to speak and sign books from 7 to 8 p.m. March 3 at The Writers Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Evening of conversation: Radio producer Adam Burke is set to moderate a discussion featuring Black Mountain Institute Shearing Fellow Okey Ndibe and Red Rock Review literary journal editor Erica Vital-Lazare from 7 to 8 p.m. March 4 at The Writers Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Pop-Up Poetry: Tree Hill and King Prince are set to present verse during Pop-Up Poetry at First Friday at 7 p.m. March 4 at Nevada Humanities, 1017 S. First St., Suite 190. Visit lasvegaspoets.org.

Read Local. Eat Local.: Author presentations and food demonstrations are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. A family storytime and food demo led by Queen Green with the help of Whole Foods is set for 10:30 a.m. An author meet-and-greet is slated for noon. Food trucks are set to be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a social media and marketing for authors discussion is scheduled to be led by Roger DeBlanck and Jonathan Sturak from 2 to 3 p.m. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

Dave Hickey in conversation: An evening of conversation with art and culture critic Dave Hickey and art historian and writer Julia Friedman is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. March 5 at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Suite 150. The event is open only to CAC members, but memberships, staring at $20 for students and $40 for artists, can be purchased at the event for cash or check only. Discussion is set to be focused on Hickey’s books “25 Women,” “Dust Bunnies” and “Wasted Words.” Seating is limited, and doors are set to open at 5 p.m. Visit lasvegascac.org.

“Operation Happiness”: Kristi Ling is slated to talk about and sign her book “Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 5 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org. For more on the author, visit kristiling.com.

Smartphone writing: Fox Deatry, author of the novelette “7,000 FT: A Story of Rebirth,” plans to talk about his unorthodox publishing methods by means of social media and smartphone apps such as BooksILove at 3 p.m. March 5 at the Summerin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. Visit lvccld.org.

Transforming Fear to Love: Karen Smith, author of “The ‘I AM’ Solution: Simple Practices to Transform Fear Back to Love,” is set to speak about the power of forgiveness from 1 to 2 p.m. March 5 at the Left of Center Gallery, 2207 Gowan Road; 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 drkarmen.com.

School book: Jim Blockey plans to sign copies of his book “Public Schools: The Worst Case of Child Abuse in American History” at 1 p.m. March 5 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

Running health author class: Donald A. Ozello, author of “Running: Maximize Performance & Minimize Injuries,” is scheduled to lead a free spinal health class on ergonomics at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at Championship Chiropractic, 8871 W. Flamingo Road. Visit championshipchiropractic.com.

Brandon Mull: Brandon Mull, author of the Five Kingdoms series and bestselling Fablehaven series, is slated to visit at 6 p.m. March 16 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble. Visit brandonmull.com.

Fiction reading: Catherine Lacey, author of the novel “Nobody Is Ever Missing,” is scheduled to speak during a Black Mountain Institute Emerging Writers Series presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 10 in room 101 of the Rogers Literature & Law Building at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested at blackmountaininstitute.org.

Bechtel book signing: Investigative reporter Sally Denton plans to read from and sign her book “The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Robert Lee Murphy: The local author plans to sign copies of “Bear Claws,” the second book in his award-winning Iron Horse Chronicles historical fiction series, at 1 p.m. March 12 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble. Visit robertleemurphy.net.

“Fire Touched”: Patricia Briggs is slated to sign copies of her newest Mercy Thompson urban fantasy book at 3 p.m. March 13 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

“The Irish Scam”: JD McNamee is set to sign books at noon March 12 and 13 at the 8915 W. Charleston Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Breaking Silence: A panel discussion on women writing on crime, conspiracy and cruelty featuring panelists Sally Denton, Maggie Nelson and Eliza Griswold and moderated by Carol C. Harter is scheduled at 7 p.m. March 14 in the Tam Alumni Center at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Visit blackmountaininstitute.org.

Leadership book: John Addison plans to sign his book “Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose” at 6 p.m. March 16 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

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 meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Writers or paulwpapa.com.

Writer’s retreat: The writer’s retreat series with instruction on fiction, nonfiction, traditional and digital publishing offered by local writers Laurel Gale, Morgan St. James and Gregory Kompes, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon March 12 at Lake Las Vegas. Workshops are free but limited to 25 attendees, and registration is required. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

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 lvccld.org or call 702-507-3458.

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 lvrwa.org.

“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 Writers Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

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 Writers Block, 1020 Fremont St. Visit thewritersblock.org.

Ballet bunny: 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.

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.

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 1 is $449 for readers, $489 for authors, $425 for industry professionals, and $375 for booksellers and librarians. Day passes start at $99. Saturday-only passes for teens are $20. Visit rtconvention.com.

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 tinyurl.com/penpaint.

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.

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 barnesandnoble.com.

Las Vegas Writer’s Conference: Storyfix.com 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 lasvegaswritersconference.com.

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 vegasvalleybookfestival.org.

Ongoing events

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 neonlit.org.

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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