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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
For Immediate Release

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993

 

Vegas Valley Book Festival Pre-Festival And Festival Events
August-November 2013 Calendar

 

PROGRAMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE


SPARK!
High School Student Poetry Writing and Recitation Competition
Aug. 26-Oct. 4
High school students who live in Clark County have the opportunity to submit their original poems to be judged. Winners from the writing competition will then perform their work at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, Nov. 2, at 1:30 p.m. on the Poetry Courtyard Stage. Winners will receive cash awards in a ceremony to follow the performances. Submissions will be accepted Aug. 26-Oct. 4, 2013. Guidelines and contest application may be downloaded at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/. For more information, contact, Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Coordinator, Nevada Arts Council, at (702) 486-3738 or mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org.

Crystal Bookmark Awards
Sept. 16-Oct. 16
The public is invited to nominate a Southern Nevada individual and an organization for their work in advancing the cause of literature in the Las Vegas Valley. Forms for the 2013 Vegas Valley Book Festival Crystal Bookmark Awards will be available at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org Sept. 16 through Oct. 16. Nominations will close at 5 p.m. Oct. 16. The two awards will be presented at the festival.

An Evening with Former Governor Bob Miller - “Son of a Gambling Man”
Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
Enjoy an evening of conversation between former Nevada Governor Bob Miller and Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review-Journal political columnist, as they sit down to discuss everything from Miller’s early life in Chicago to his reign as the longest-serving governor in Nevada history. Along the way, his life path crossed with some colorful characters, prominent politicians and historic moments. This is a program for history buffs, political junkies and those who appreciate Nevada’s development over the past 30 years. A book signing and reception will follow the talk. Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, is the presenting partner.
 
Flash! The Short, Short Fiction Contest
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
Flash! The Short, Short Fiction Contest is a hands-on writing competition open to all local authors. Limited to the first 20 writers who apply online at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ July 9–Aug. 23, entrants will have 90 minutes to complete a maximum 500-word short story based on a theme provided to them at the time. Writers may bring their own laptops and discs/jump drives, but legible hand-written copies also will be accepted. Cash awards will be given to the top three submissions. Visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org for registration and for more information.

Uncensored Voices
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Reception follows the program.
Free and open to the public.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
In recognition of Banned Books Week, join the Vegas Valley Book Festival and the ACLU of Nevada for the fourth annual installment of Uncensored Voices, a celebration of words and ideas and a call-to-action for anyone who cares about free speech. The evening will be moderated by Las Vegas Review-Journal political columnist Steve Sebelius and will feature dramatic readings and a moderated debate covering questions such as: 

  • Reality or fiction: What are we preparing our children for by limiting access to knowledge?
  • When does protection become detriment?

Learn what it will take to keep your voice—and all other voices—uncensored. ACLU of Nevada is a presenting partner.

Vegas Valley Poetry Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
Enjoy a celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word with special guest Gretchen Henderson. Widely acclaimed for her work with new media and poetry, she works across genres and the arts. Also hear a wide range of work from Las Vegas poets Mick Axelrod, Shaun Christensen, Jamison Crabtree, Ali Eteraz, Harry Fagel, Dana Killmeyer, Shaun Leonard, Tara Phillips, Joan Robinson and Vouge Robinson. Visit vegasvalleybookfestival.org, www.artslasvegas.org/ or call (702) 229-3515 for more information.

First Friday Poetry Cyber Launch   
Friday, Oct. 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Art Square, 1017 S. First St., Suite 190.
Join an exciting Las Vegas haiku presentation and Cyber Poetry T-Shirt give away. Designed by artist Yobana Graciano, the poetry T-shirt was created incorporating unique QR codes that lead to the cyber launch of the Vegas Valley Book Festival’s First Friday Poetry Tour. Cyber poets include Gretchen Henderson, Dana Killmeyer, Joan Robinson, Shaun Christensen, Jamison Crabtree, and Harry Fagel. T-shirts available while supplies last. For more information, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ or call (702) 800-4670.

Books, Bubbles, and Brews Readers Event
Monday, Oct. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Free admission and open to the public.
NOW Café at City Hall, 495 S. Main St., Second Floor.
A unique opportunity for book clubs and readers to mix and mingle with local and nationally acclaimed authors, including Oscar Goodman, The New York Times bestselling author Vicki Pettersson, The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lauren Blakely, Dr. My Haley – Alex Haley's widow, Alison Packard, and Victoria Kilbury. For more information, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ or call (702) 229-5902.

The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of
“The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls
Performed by Sarah Franek
Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman
Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 at the door, $10 in advance.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., (702) 229-3515.
The American Place Theatre presents “The Glass Castle,” a unique memoir of survival and resiliency told through the eyes of a young girl. It is the saga of the restless Walls family, led by a crusty eccentric and his volatile artist wife. The author, Jeannette Walls, and her siblings are often left to fend for themselves as the family’s precarious lifestyle necessitates frequently doing “the skedaddle.” Meanwhile, they cherish the vision of “genius” Dad’s creation of a fabulous home, the glass castle. This Literature to Life® Award winner features 60 minutes of verbatim performance from the best-selling memoir. This program is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western State Arts Federation and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ or www.artslasvegas.org/.

Anthony Zerbe “It’s All Done with Mirrors”
The poetry and prose of E.E. Cummings
Friday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 at the door, $10 in advance.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. 4th Street, (702) 229-3515.
Stage and film actor Anthony Zerbe provides joyous access to the art and energy of one of America’s most beloved poets. Zerbe, a master character actor, renders Cummings’ word-fracturing and image-rich poetry as entertaining and uncommon theatre. Capturing Cummings’ spirit, he moves pell-mell through a parade of characters, accents and dazzling word play. For tickets and information, go online to www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ or www.artslasvegas.org/ or call (702) 229-3515.

Las Vegas Writes:  Progress
Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
For the 2013 anthology in the Las Vegas Writes project -- the fifth in a series of annual books showcasing the city's literary talents -- editor Scott Dickensheets has rounded up a stellar cast of contributors to provide original essays and short fiction on the theme of "progress." Progress, whether it's civic, political, social, spiritual, personal or physical, is an especially relevant topic in Las Vegas. Hear novelist and memoirist Kris Saknussemm; horror writer Rena Mason; well-known journalists Geoff Carter, John Katsilometes and Henry Brean; and author Sarah Jane Woodall talk about their work and experience creating this year’s project. The book will be published by presenting partner Huntington Press to coincide with the Vegas Valley Book Festival. This program is supported by public funding for the arts through the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the city of Las Vegas, the Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Vegas Valley Book Festival (all ages)
Oct. 30-Nov. 2; see featured authors and schedules at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/.
Most events and activities free and open to the public.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.; and Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
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 more than 100 authors and events, with special sections for adults, children, young adults and comic book aficionados. Enjoy 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. This festival is supported by public funding for the arts through the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Vegas Valley 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; Las Vegas chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design; Barnes & Noble; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder.

Vegas Valley Book Festival — An Evening with Catherine Coulter
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
Catherine Coulter will open the Vegas Valley Book Festival with her keynote address Oct. 30. Author of 71 books, including 65 that made The New York Times Bestseller List, Coulter alternates writing suspense thrillers with historical romances. Go to www.vegasvalleybookfestival/ or www.catherinecoulter.com/ for more information on the author.

“This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith”
An Evening with Author Robert E. Hall
Friday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.
Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., (702) 229-6383.
Author of “This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith,” Robert E. Hall delivers a wake-up call regarding a destructive trend we face – the unraveling of our relationships at home and work, in politics and faith. With compelling research, gritty stories and humor, he lays out the accumulating cost, the cause and cure of our decline. For more information on the author, visit www.robertehall.com/ or www.vegasvalleybookfestival/.

Vegas Valley Book Festival — Comic Book Fest (all ages)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road
Biff! Bam! POW! The Vegas Valley Comic Book Fest returns to the Vegas valley with a full day of geeky goodness and comics! The longest-running comic book event in Nevada, now in its sixth year, it features an artist alley, panels and workshops, an artist jam, cosplay contest, portfolio reviews and a marketplace with local comic book stores and publishers. This year’s guests include Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Batman, Wonder Woman, Queen & Country), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Deadpool, Gambit, Teen Titans), Warren Wucinich (Courtney Crumrin) and many more, as well as the nerdrock musical stylings of Adam WarRock and 3d6. Additional support provided by Las Vegas City Life and Pop! Goes the Icon. A complete listing of guests and activities is available by visiting the website at www.vegasvalleycomicbookfestival.org/ or www.lvccld.org/. For more information, call (702) 507-3459.

Vegas Valley Book Festival — Young Adult Events (all ages)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
Join 80 young adult authors — the largest free gathering of YA authors in the U.S. — in two tents at the Historic Fifth Street School for 10 panel discussions, book signings, a keynote speaker and an evening costumed “Prom Through the Ages.” The prom will offer a costume contest, young adult trivia game, dancing, desserts and the naming of the Prom King and Queen. For more information, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/

Vegas Valley Book Festival — Children’s Events (all ages)
Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.
The children’s section of the annual Vegas Valley Book Festival is the largest children's literary event in Las Vegas. Enjoy nationally recognized authors, illustrators, and storytellers; local authors; informational booths; exhibitions; hands-on activities; theatrical performances; free books; costumed characters; library card sign-ups; and much more. Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will make an opening keynote presentation at 10 a.m. in the auditorium — “Reading Is Not Optional.” Ismael Cruz Córdova, who plays the new Latino neighbor, Mando, this fall on “Sesame Street,” will make his festival debut with Elmo. Internationally acclaimed author, actor and storyteller Antonio Sacre will make bi-lingual presentations. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Bill Harley will tell stories. Celebrity Chef Charles Mattocks will make a motivational presentation. Enjoy live music by the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers. Meet featured authors and illustrators Michael Buckley, Adam Gustavson, Heidi Joulios, Bethanie Deeney Murguia, Elisha Cooper and many more. The complete schedule will be available at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/. This festival is supported by public funding for the arts through the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Vegas Valley Book Festival Nevada Humanities Salon – Nevada Voices
Saturday, Nov. 2, 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St.
Nevada Humanities begins its sesquicentennial celebration with a salon featuring readings and showings of creative work interwoven with a discussion that will focus on developing a sense of place with artists whose inspiration is intertwined with the Nevada experience. Featured artists include authors Mark Maynard, Mark Hall-Patton and Claire Vaye Watkins; poet Emma Sepúlveda–Pulvirenti, photographer and art historian Fred Sigman with Christina Barr, executive director of Nevada Humanities, as moderator. For more information, visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/.

Vegas Valley Book Festival — Closing Keynote Address
Author Luis Alberto Urrea
Saturday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St.
Award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea will deliver the closing keynote address for the 2013 Vegas Valley Book Festival. Author of 14 books, Urrea is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual Mexican/American life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss, and triumph. For more information on the author, visit www.luisurrea.com/ or www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/.

Illustrated Word Exhibitions

“Imaginings through Illustrations: Work by Children’s Book Illustrators”
Sept. 18-Nov. 30; open during Vegas Valley Book Festival and by appointment.
Admission is free.
Historic Fifth Street School, Mayor’s Gallery, 401 S. Fourth St.
The exhibit presents artwork by illustrators Jorge Betancourt-Polanco, Elisha Cooper, Adam Gustavson, Bethanie Murguia, Kip Noschese, and Joseph Watson. This exhibit is supported by public funding for the arts through the Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.artslasvegas.org/, www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org/ or call (702) 229-1012.

“From Alamogordo to Las Vegas: Behind the Scenes of ‘Tales from Lost Vegas’”
Oct. 25-Nov. 22; Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday-Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Artists Reception Friday, Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Alternate Reality Comics, 4110 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite 8.
See the creative process unfold before your eyes in this exhibition of original art, sketches, notes, designs and script pages from the homegrown, all-ages adventure comic, “Tales from Lost Vegas,” commemorating the sixth annual Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. For more information, visit www.alternaterealitycomics.net/new/.

“Bottomlands: Photographs of the Las Vegas Wash”
Fred Sigman, Photographer
Oct. 4-Nov. 30, Monday-Friday, by appointment.
Admission is free.
Nevada Humanities Program Gallery in Art Square, 1017 S. First St., Suite 190.
The exhibition consists of photographs from the different parts of the series, going back to the 1970s when Fred Sigman was first photographing the Las Vegas Wash as a student at Bishop Gorman High School. The exhibit also will include textual excerpts from his journals recorded along the way. For more information, visit www.fredsigman.com/ and www.nevadahumanities.org/ or call (702) 800-4670.

“Mary Hill Artist Books – Mesquite Trees”
Oct. 7-Nov. 22; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Artist Reception Oct. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.
Clark County Government Center Rotunda Gallery, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, Nev.
Artist Mary Hill has created three-dimensional book art and printed paper sculptures inspired by the mesquite tree. Drawn to the extraordinary beauty of the native mesquite tree and how it survives the desert, Hill suggests correlations between the mesquite tree and our relationship with the land. For more information, visit www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/parks/pages/cultural-division.aspx.

“Poetry in Clay”
Nov. 1-28; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Free and open to the public.
Clay Arts Vegas, 1511 S. Main St., Las Vegas, Nev. 89101.
Ceramic artists Thomas Bumblauskas, John Gregg, Peter Jakubowski, and Marc Rosenthal have created an exhibition of works inspired by the poetry of some of their favorite poets, including Robert Louis Stevenson, Lewis Carroll, Sarah Hale, and John Keats. The ceramic vessels and sculptures will be featured in the Victor F. Keen Gallery at Clay Arts Vegas. For more information, call (702) 375-4147 or e-mail 4information@clayartsvegas.com.

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