Book Briefs

Join the 2010-11 Bennett Fellows — Uwem Akpan, Daniel Brook and Mary-Ann Tirone Smith — in a Black Mountain Institute-sponsored conversation scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway.

Las Vegas Writers Conference
is back for its seventh year

The seventh annual Las Vegas Writers Conference is set for Thursday through Saturday at Sam’s Town, 5111 Boulder Highway.

Offerings will include workshops with editors, agents and authors. Registration is $425. If space is available, one-day registration for April 15 or 16 costs $225.

Stephens Press is sponsoring a free open house meet and greet for conference attendees and the public from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday . For more information, visit

Stage adaptation of book shows
little-known history of Las Vegas

Director Robert Connor presents a stage adaptation of “Beyond the Glimmering Lights,” by local author Trish Geran.

The story covers the spiritual and human price black entertainers and residents paid to help make Las Vegas. “Beyond the Glimmering Lights” is set for 3 p.m. Saturday in the West Las Vegas Library Theatre, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Admission is free.

For more information, call the library at 507-3980.

Madison to share secrets
in upcoming guide to Las Vegas

Holly Madison is scheduled to debut her first book, “The Showgirl Next Door: Holly Madison’s Guide to Las Vegas.” The star of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood promises to reveal her best-kept secrets and provide an intimate peek at some of the exclusive areas of Las Vegas. The book will be distributed by Stephens Press and is scheduled to be released Friday .

Celebrate National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week, through Saturday , by dropping off donations of new or gently used books at any Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branch. Donations of audio books, CDs, DVDs and history, art, literary and antique magazines also are appreciated. Donors will receive a receipt to claim on their taxes. Many of the donations to the Library District Foundation are sold through the district’s used bookstores to help support library reading and technology programs.

The library fine amnesty program, long a staple of the district’s observation of National Library Week, will not take place this year.

For more information about the foundation, visit or call 507-3597. For more information about library programs, visit

Poet C.D . Wright to speak at UNLV

Poet C.D. Wright, UNLV’s 2011 Ghanem Chair in Creative Writing, is set to speak at 7 p.m. April 20 in the UNLV Student Union Theatre, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, in a free Black Mountain Institute-sponsored event.

Wright’s books include “One with Others,” winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award; “Rising, Falling, Hovering,” “Steal Away: Selected and New Poems,” and “One Big Self: An Investigation,” a project she undertook with photographer Deborah Luster to document Louisiana inmates. Her various awards include a MacArthur Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award.

For more information about upcoming Black Mountain Institute events, visit

Life Stories Nevada to host free
memoir workshops for seniors

Life Stories Nevada, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program designed to help seniors 50 or older record their memoirs, is sponsoring two free four-week memoir workshops. The first is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays starting April 26 at the Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive. The first session is set to start at 11 a.m. because the center is hosting another event at 10:30.

The second series is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. April 26 through May 17 at the Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave.

To register for either course, call 940-5423. For more information about the program, visit

Global warming book author
to visit for Earth Day signing

Meet C.S. Goldsmith, author of “Uninhabitable: A Case for Caution,” during an Earth Day signing scheduled for 4 p.m. April 22 at the 3860 S. Maryland Parkway Barnes & Noble. For more information about the book, visit

‘The Home for the Friendless’
selected as book of the month

Area Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations are scheduled to feature “The Home for the Friendless” as April’s Book of the Month. Author Betty Auchard is set to sign copies of the book April 21 at the 2220 Village Walk Drive location in The District at Green Valley Ranch, April 22 at the 10834 W. Charleston Blvd. location and April 23 at the 6605 Las Vegas Blvd. South location in Town Square Las Vegas. All three signings are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m.

For more information about the book, visit homeforthefriendless.stephens

Lecture to explore whether president has to play nice with the Supreme Court

Is the president constitutionally obligated to ignore the Supreme Court? When President Barack Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s opinion allowing unlimited corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in elections, many reacted as if it were unacceptable for a president to challenge publicly the court’s interpretation of the Constitution. Yet many of our most esteemed presidents — Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, for example — have insisted upon their interpretation of the Constitution against Supreme Court opinions. A public lecture on the issue featuring George Thomas, author of “The Madisonian Constitution” and associate professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Barrick Museum Auditorium at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. The free lecture is sponsored by the UNLV Great Works Academic Certificate program and the Department of Political Science. For more information, contact professor David Fott at 895-4187 or

Share poems at Human Experience

Polish up a poem or two and try them out live at Human Experience, a free spoken word event, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in The Beat coffee shop at 520 Fremont St. inside Emergency Arts.

For more information or to view the events online as they happen, visit

‘Sammy The Semi’ authors
to visit Paseo Verde Library

Meet Perry and Celia Johnson, authors of “The Adventures Of Sammy The Semi: Sammy’s Toy Store Adventure,” from
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 25 at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway.

The author visit is part of the READ local author series, which features authors from the surrounding community on the fourth Monday of each month. Contact Arlene Caruso at 492-6580 for more information.

Green Valley Library to host
teen literary magazine unveiling

An unveiling of the second annual Teen Voices literary magazine is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 25 at the Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway.

Finalists in the Teen Voices writing competition will be invited to participate in a panel session with authors from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and prize winners will be announced. For more information, call 207-4258.

Free StoryCorps toolkit
helps collect memories

The national StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative encourages people with memory loss to share their stories with loved ones and future generations. To make that task easier, a free step-by-step toolkit is available to download at

The Commemorate toolkit offers an individual reminiscence program that family members can initiate or memory loss care facilities can add to activities.

The initiative has collected more than 1,800 interviews with 180 partner organizations.

For more information, visit or call 646-723-7027.

Just Write group focuses
on getting down to work

Looking for a place to write or meet other writers? The new Just Write Meetup group gathers for hourlong meetings at the 4550 S. Maryland Parkway Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Introductions are made in the first five minutes. The next half hour is for writing; the last 25 minutes are for discussion of work. For details and meeting times, visit

Access recorded Book programs online through library district

Too busy to get out to book programs? The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District has started posting videocasts and podcasts of many of its programs online. Selections available so far 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, 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 blackmountain and select “multimedia.”

Final book in Signs of the Zodiac
series to be launched in June

Las Vegas showgirl turned best-selling author Vicki Pettersson is scheduled to sign copies of her newest book, “The Neon Graveyard,” at 7 p.m. June 3 at the 6521 Las Vegas Blvd. South Borders in Town Square Las Vegas.

According to Pettersson’s website,, this will be the last in her Signs of the Zodiac series, set in Las Vegas.

Pettersson also hopes to meet with her Twitter followers to share coffee before the event. To learn more, follow her on Twitter at

Sunrise Coffee Co. on sunset road
hosts open mic night Wednesdays

Sunrise Coffee Co. welcomes poets and poetry fans to participate in its open mic night starting at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at 3130 E. Sunset Road.

Library District on a paperless push

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District wants your email address.

On July 1, the district will discontinue the mailing of hold and overdue notices. After that date, notifications will only be provided electronically. But patrons can elect to receive notices electronically now.

Advantages include: a courtesy notice via email three days before your items will be overdue, prompt notices when held items are available and a library newsletter and events notices via email.

Email addresses can be submitted online at, at any library customer service desk or by phone at 507-3595.

Free read to me program
offers stories online and by phone

Celebrity storytellers Oscar Goodman, Rita Rudner, Clint Holmes, Terry Fator, Carrot Top, The Scintas and others have donated their talents to the Clark County Education Association Community Foundation’s Read To Me program. Children can view more than 15 videos of celebrities reading books on the website at Stories also can be accessed by calling 240-2665.

Both databases are frequently updated with fresh stories. Parents and teachers can download lesson plans for each book on the website.


Virtual Branch websites make it easy to browse, check out and download digital books and more to a home computer for free. All patrons need is a valid library card and an Internet-connected PC.

Virtual Branch download websites feature a digital catalog of downloadable audio books, e-books, music and video titles.

Each site is meant to look and feel like the library’s main site, and it has many easy-to-use features similar to an online store.

Digital book downloads are borrowed just like print materials. Once patrons select the title or author they want, they follow the steps to check out and then download the title to their home computer.

Patrons can transfer most titles to portable media players, such as MP3 players, PDAs or smart phones.

Each title that is downloaded has a designated lending period. When the title expires, it is automatically returned to the Virtual Branch, so there are no late fees.

For more information, visit

Henderson Writers Group
meets Mondays

The Henderson Writers Group meets from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. Meetings are at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at 4550 S. Maryland Parkway on the second and fourth Mondays and at Saxby’s Coffee Lounge, 72 Horizon Ridge Parkway, on the first, third and occasional fifth Mondays.

Visit for more details.

Meetings are open to the public.

Zine library open in Emergency Arts

Grab a cup of coffee and check out the independently crafted magazines at the Las Vegas Zine Library inside the Beat Cafe in Emergency Arts, 520 Fremont St.

The library is still small, more of a collection on display for reference and on-site reading than a checkout repository. Contributions of zines are appreciated. For more information, visit

Clubs invited to help plan Festival

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is inviting local book clubs to participate in the selection of authors to appear at the 2011 festival set for Nov. 3-6. To submit suggestions and book club information, contact Eileen Horn by email at or by phone at 454-9746. Participating book clubs will be invited to special pre-festival events.

Northwest-area borders offers
writers group on Tuesdays

Borders bookstore hosts a free writers group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 2190 N. Rainbow Blvd.

Author plans signing for e-book

Can an author host a book signing for an e-book? Local author Vicki-Ann Bush thinks so. She plans to sign and hand out cards with information on her e-book, “Through the Door to Dusk,” from 1 to 3 p.m. May 7 at R.E.M. Salon, 5665 E. Charleston Blvd. For more information,

Sherrilyn Kenyon to visit Henderson

Sherrilyn Kenyon, best known for her Dark-Hunter novels, is scheduled to sign “Born of Shadows,” book five in her League series, at 7 p.m. May 3 at the 567 N. Stephanie St. Barnes & Noble.

National Senior poets laureate
competition under way

Entries are being accepted for regional winners in the 19th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets 50 or older. The submission deadline is June 30. State senior poets laureate are expected to be named in July, and the National Senior Poet Laureate is set to be announced Sept. 1.

For more information, visit

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