The ninth annual Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place Nov. 3-7, 2010, with most programs scheduled at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School. The largest literary event in Las Vegas, the book festival will bring together more than 100 authors for panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, poetry readings, spoken word performances, exhibitions and other special programs. The five-day festival will offer the Children's Book Festival, Comic Book Festival and a new initiative called "Feasting on Words - A Celebration of Food and Literature."
In addition, a series of events is being planned for the months preceding the festival. These events will be announced in the coming months. Most events are free and open to the public.
Two acclaimed authors will serve as this year's keynote speakers:
- T. C. Boyle, opening keynote speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the UNLV Student Union Theater, is an award-winning author of 20 novels and more than 100 short stories. His work embodies a mixture of humor, satire and social exploration, and includes "World's End" (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award), "The Road to Wellville" (adapted into a major motion picture), "Drop City" (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and "The Women" (a best-selling fictionalized account of the private life of Frank Lloyd Wright).
- Dennis Lehane, closing keynote speaker on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library Theater, is best known for his crime thrillers. He has written several award-winning novels, including "A Drink Before War" and the New York Times bestseller "Mystic River," which was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, as was his novel, "Shutter Island," currently out in theaters. His most recent book, "The Given Day," is a historical epic that is considered the most ambitious work of his career.
The book festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV's Black Mountain Institute; Las Vegas Review-Journal; the local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the professional association for design; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder.
A complete schedule of events, including a roster of featured authors, will be announced in the coming months. For more information about the Vegas Valley Book Festival, please call (702) 229-5431.