Vegas Valley Book Festival Set For Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Authors, Events, Entertainment & Enjoyment For All Ages And Genres
The 12th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival will take place Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2013, 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 more than 165 authors and 100 events, including 45 panel discussions, four 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. This year’s festival is a featured event of the Nevada sesquicentennial celebration.
This year’s Vegas Valley Book Festival will present authors and events for:
• Children - in Centennial Plaza, adjacent to the Fifth Street School;
• Young Adults - in two tents on the south side of the Fifth Street School;
• Adults – at the Fifth Street School;
• The Comic Book Fest at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road;
• Nevada Humanities Salon at the Historic Fifth Street School; and
• Ten 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:
• Spark! – a teen poetry writing/performance project with cash prizes;
• Flash! The Short, Short Fiction writing contest, with cash prizes;
• Las Vegas Writes Project, publishing an anthology of short stories and essays – “Progress” – 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 five local galleries.
More details on each project and pre-festival events are available at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org.
Keynote speakers will include Catherine Coulter, Robert E. Hall, Walter Dean Myers and Luis Alberto Urrea. Author of 65 books that made The New York Times Bestseller List, Coulter alternates writing suspense thrillers with historical romances. She will open the festival on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library.
Relationship thought-leader and former chief executive officer Robert E. Hall will lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, located at 800 S. Brush St. Author of “This Land of Strangers: The Relationship Crisis That Imperils Home, Work, Politics and Faith,” 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.
Children’s and young adult literature author Walter Dean Myers, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will make the opening Saturday presentation – “Reading Is Not Optional” – at 10 a.m. Nov. 2, in the Historic Fifth Street School auditorium.
Award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea will deliver the closing address at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 in the same location. Urrea (pronounced oo-ray-uh) 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. He has written 13 bestselling books, including Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Devil’s Highway” and popular historical novels “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” and “Queen of America.”
For more information on the keynote speakers, go online to www.catherinecoulter.com, www.robertehall.com, http://www.walterdeanmyers.net/, and http://www.luisurrea.com/.
The book festival also will offer 80 young adult authors – the largest free gathering of young adult authors in the U.S. – for panel discussions, book signings and a costumed evening “Prom through the Ages.” The festival site will host five stages with readings, entertainment and poetry; a “Feasting on Wheels” food court with a variety of local food trucks; children’s activities; art and vendor exhibits; interactive writing projects; and many other special programs.
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. For more festival information, call (702) 229-5902 or go online to www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org.
Catherine Coulter – Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 7 p.m.
Clark County Library
Catherine Coulter wrote her first novel to pass time aboard the ark. A modest offering, it nonetheless earned enough to feed the cats. Soon, her first long historical appeared, "Devil's Embrace," followed by nine trilogies/quartets and series, which translates into oodles of books.
In 1988, she appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List with her first contemporary romantic suspense hardcover, "False Pretenses," and has continued to hit the list 65 times now. She’s written 71 books and has more then 70 million books in print worldwide. She alternates writing the suspense thrillers with historical romances, to keep her brain unconstipated. The 17th book in her wildly popular FBI thriller series, "Bombshell," will be out on July 9 in all formats.
Catherine loves to travel, sacrifices her body on the ski slopes and reads voraciously while recuperating. She and her husband and three cats, Cleo, Eli and Peyton, live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.She invites all of you to come visit her on her website and join in on all the fun on her Facebook page.
Luis Alberto Urrea – Keynote Speaker
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 5 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium
"Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World"…Best-selling author Luis Alberto Urrea will share his story of transformation from his beginnings on a dirt street in Tijuana to Pulitzer Prize finalist and beloved storyteller. Though recognized as a writer who concentrates on the border regions of the Southwestern United States, Urrea says, “Borders don’t interest me. I’m really in the business of building bridges.”
The author of 14 books, Urrea has published extensively in many genres and has received many prestigious awards. He is a master of language and a gifted storyteller who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.
Walter Dean Meyers – National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
“Reading is not Optional”
Nov. 2, 2013 10 a.m. Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium
Walter Dean Myers was born on Thursday, Aug. 12, 1937, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. His name at birth was Walter Milton Myers. At a very young age, he was given away by his father to Herbert and Florence Dean who lived in Harlem. Walter later added the middle name Dean in their honor. Herbert Dean was African American, worked as a janitor and was illiterate. Florence Dean was German and Native American, cleaned houses and was employed in a button factory; she also loved Walter very much. Even though children’s books weren’t prevalent in Walter’s household, by the age of 5, Myers was learning to read through other materials he found at home. Mrs. Dean sometimes read him “true romance” magazines, full of short stories, and later Walter would read those stories to her as his reading skills developed.
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC) and its foundation, Every Child a Reader, are the sponsors of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative.
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