Mark your calendars now for the annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, to be held Oct. 16-18 in downtown Las Vegas and the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The largest annual literary event in Las Vegas, the book festival will bring together a wide variety of literary genres and cultural programs, with most events taking place at the Historic Fifth Street School at 401 S. Fourth St. The festival is expected to feature more than 165 authors and 100 events, including panel discussions, keynote speakers, 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.
The keynote speakers will include New York Times (NYT) and international No. 1 best-selling author Sylvia Day in conversation with NYT and USA Today best-selling author Tracy Wolff, and best-selling novelist and short-story writer Aimee Bender. For more information on these authors, visit www.sylviaday.com and http://aimeebender.com/.
This year’s festival is a featured event of the Nevada sesquicentennial celebration, and will offer special sessions of authors and stories from the Silver State, including Nevada's internationally known storyteller and poet, Waddie Mitchell.
A slate of special projects will offer local authors and readers additional opportunities to participate:
- Spark! – a summer teen poetry writing/performance project with cash prizes;
- Las Vegas Writes Project, publishing an anthology of short stories and essays – by local authors, in collaboration with Huntington Press;
- The Crystal Bookmark Awards – recognizing an individual and an organization for literary excellence and advocacy; and
- The Illustrated Word art exhibitions, coordinated with four local galleries.
More details on each project will be available at VegasValleyBookFestival.org/ as details are finalized. Sign up on the website for emails to keep you informed.
The book festival will offer 108 young adult authors – the largest free gathering of young adult authors in the United States – for panel discussions and book signings, as well as special entertainment, authors and activities for children, and a plethora of authors popular with adults. The festival site will host five stages with readings, entertainment and poetry; a food court with a variety of local food trucks; children’s activities; art and vendor exhibits; interactive writing projects; and many other special programs.
Exhibitors and vendors who wish to participate in the festival should apply as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, using the online application available at VegasValleyBookFestival.org/.
Hotel room reservation blocks are available for festival goers at three Las Vegas hotels – Golden Nugget, Plaza Hotel & Casino and Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) – through mid-September or until sold out. Visit the book festival website for more information on accessing the room blocks.
The festival is a large community event and volunteers are needed to assist in many areas. If you would like to consider participating as a volunteer, please fill out the online volunteer form at http://vegasvalleybookfestival.org/2014-volunteer-form/.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is the largest literary event in Las Vegas. Now in its 13th year, the festival is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the producing partners: the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV; the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Nevada Humanities; and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit VegasValleyBookFestival.org/ or call 702-229-5902.