The 11th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place Nov. 1-3, 2012, with most programs scheduled at the downtown Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. The largest annual literary event in Las Vegas, the book festival will bring together more literary and cultural programs than ever before. The festival is expected to feature 100 authors and 100 events, including panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Most events are free and open to the public.
In addition to the main festival, this year's Vegas Valley Book Festival will present:
- The Children's Book Festival in Centennial Plaza, adjacent to the Fifth Street School;
- The Comic Book Festival at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road;
- Nevada Humanities Salon at the Historic Fifth Street School;
- The First Friday Poetry Brigade on Third and Imperial streets in the Arts District; and
- A series of eight pre-festival events at a variety of sites around the valley.
A slate of special projects will offer local authors and readers additional opportunities to participate:
- The Flash! Flash Fiction writing contest, with cash prizes;
- Las Vegas Writes Project, publishing an anthology of short stories — "Wish You Were Here" — by local authors, in collaboration with Stephens Press;
- Sparc — a teen poetry writing/performance project with cash prizes;
- The Crystal Bookmark Awards — recognizing an individual and an organization for literary excellence and advocacy; and
- The Illustrated Word art exhibitions, coordinated with five local galleries.
More details on each project and pre-festival events will be announced in the coming months.
Keynote speakers will include Jennifer Egan, whose novel, "A Visit from the Goon Squad," won last year's Pulitzer Prize, and Charlaine Harris, the New York Times bestselling author whose Sookie Stackhouse mysteries are the basis of the popular HBO television series "True Blood." Born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta region, Harris now lives in a small Texas town. She will open the festival on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library.
Born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco, Egan will speak on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 3:30 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School. She now resides in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction. For more information on the keynote speakers, go online to jenniferegan.com/ and www.charlaineharris.com/.
The book festival also will offer 25 young adult authors, including Matt de la Peña ("A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis"). The festival site will host three stages with readings, music and poetry; a "Feasting on Wheels" food court with a variety of local food trucks; culinary tent with cookbooks and demonstrations; beer and wine garden; art and vendor exhibits; interactive writing projects; and many other special programs.
Local businesses and individuals may reserve vendor space, and local authors may reserve tables to do book signings, by calling (702) 229-5431. Space is limited.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV's Black Mountain Institute; American Institute of Graphic Arts, Las Vegas chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. For more festival information, call (702) 229-5431 or go online to www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org. See parking map here.