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Las Vegas Book Briefs for Nov. 12-18, 2015

Laura McBride plans novel talk: Local author and College of Southern Nevada professor Laura McBride is set to talk about her novel “We Are Called to Rise” from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

Writing workshop: Hollywood script and story consultant Michael Hauge, best-selling author of “Writing Screenplays That Sell” and “Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read,” is slated to present a Las Vegas Romance Writers-sponsored workshop on creating compelling fiction and more from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Road. Admission is $75 for Las Vegas Romance Writers members and $100 for others. Visit lvrwa.org.

Self-publishing workshop: Deb Dorchak of Blue Sun Studio plans to speak to publishing hopefuls from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

Poetry happenings: Clark County Poet Laureate Bruce Isaacson plans to host a free open poetry reading from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive. At noon Nov. 14, he plans to talk about beat poetics. Visit clarkcountynv.gov.

Sambalatte to host multiple-author book signing: Las Vegas author B.G. Wallace plans to sign copies of her book “How to be a Successful Philanderer” from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Boca Park Sambalatte, 750 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 9, along with Mesquite author Capt. Kevin M. Smith, signing copies of his book “Hostile to Reason.”

MadHouse Coffee plans signing event: Las Vegas author Eddie Lee is set to sign copies of his book “Nemesis” from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at The MadHouse Coffee, 8470 W. Desert Inn Road.

Book signing: Greg Blake Miller, author of “Decemberlands: Holiday Stories,” is set to sign from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble. First-edition copies of the book will be available for purchase.

“Diamonds are Forever”: Michelle Meadow is set to sign copies of “Diamonds are Forever,” the third book in her Secret Diamond Sisters series, at noon Nov. 15 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

“Pete the Cat” author tour: “Pete the Cat” author and musician Eric Litwin is set to bring his musical stories to several local libraries in November, with stops scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road; from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Windmill Library, 7060 W. Windmill Lane; from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd.; and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave. Visit lvccld.org.

“Relicts of a Beautiful Sea”: Christopher Norment, author of “Relicts of a Beautiful Sea: Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World,” is slated to discuss the book from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., No. 100. Visit thewritersblock.org.

NaNoWriMo:The Writer’s Block plans to welcome National Novel Writing Month participants for NaNoWriMo Write-Ins from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays in November. Every year, aspiring writers push toward a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel through the month of November, ending at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30. The downtown bookstore also plans to host NaNoWriMo critique sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays, and free NaNoWriMo workshops from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Activities are designed for writers 13 or older. Visit nanowrimo.org.

In the Details: Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. Fellow Olivia Clare is set to speak about paying attention to precision and details in prose and poetry during a meeting of the Las Vegas Writers Group scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Tap House, 5589 W. Charleston Blvd. The meeting fee is $5. Visit meetup.com/Las-Vegas-Writers.

Triple signing: Kathy-Lynn Cross, Erica Kiefer and Mercedes Yardley are set to sign books at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

Roger DeBlanck: The librarian, author and poet is set to discuss his novels “The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy” and “The Sky Buries All Sorrow” at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave. Visit lvccld.org.

Writing and art competition: Henderson Libraries are sponsoring a creative writing and cover art contest for Clark County writers and artists 18 or older. The contest deadline is Nov. 30. Visit mypubliclibrary.com.

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 the fourth Friday of most months at The Writer’s Block, 1020 Fremont St., No. 100. The next gathering is set for Nov. 27. Visit neonlit.org.

5/5+ Poetry: 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. Nov. 8. Call 702-754-5971, email jtjmarco@live.com, raisewomenup@gmail.com or leewmallory3@gmail.com or search for 5/5+ on Facebook.

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.

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

Fiction writing series: The Creative Writing @ Your Library: Fiction Writing series facilitated by Henderson Writer’s Group presidentGregory A. Kompes is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month through Dec. 15 at the Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Topics to be discussed include settings, characters, dialogue and editing. Visit mypubliclibrary.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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