Literary Las Vegas: Elaine Cali McNamara

Literary Las Vegas

From topping a float in the annual Helldorado Days Parade to working as a fashion model, Elaine Cali McNamara shares her memories of the city’s glamour days with “In the Midst of Cowboys, Crooners, and Gangsters.” She is slated to speak and sign books at the fifth annual Spring Fling Book Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. For more information, visit inthemidst

Excerpt from ‘In the Midst of Cowboys, Crooners, and Gangsters’

Luis Estevez looked at me, and said in his accented English, “Oh yes, you have the best figure to wear my entire swimwear collection.”

I almost fell over. A whole collection?

The other models were given gowns while I was entrusted with an entire collection.

When Luis Estevez said “swimsuit collection” he didn’t mean a few swimsuits. His assortment included a whole bevy of accessories, including capes, hoods, and wraps. Most of them were not outfits you would wear for a day at the beach; they were for making a statement at a pool party where no one gets wet.

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