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Vegas Valley Book Festival
OCTOBER 16 – 18, 2014

As 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 a range of authors and 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.

For more information, please visit the Vegas Valley Book Festival Web Site!

Festival Keynotes

An Evening with B.J. Novak
Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Clark County Library - 1401 E. Flamingo Road
B.J. Novak, actor, writer, director and executive producer, best known for his work with NBC’s “The Office,” will open the festival with a keynote address. Novak performed in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” His books, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and The Book With No Pictures, will be available for purchase and book signing will follow the talk.

Sylvia Day in Converstation with Tracy Wolf
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.
Historic 5th Street School Auditorium - 401 S. Fourth St.
Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling romance novelist, and her friend and fellow romance author, Tracy Wolff, will discuss Day’s books, her writing process and how she got started in the industry. Following the discussion, Day and Wolff will take questions from the audience. Both authors will be signing their books which will be available for purchase onsite from Barnes & Noble or attendees may bring their own.

Amiee Bender presented by The Beverly Rodger, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Insitute
Saturday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m.
Historic 5th Street School Auditorium - 401 S. Fourth St.
Aimee Bender has been described as one of America’s most imaginative literary writers. The Los Angeles Times characterized her work as “black-lit brazen and unapologetically wackadoodle, sidesplitting and buck wild.” Her novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, became a nationwide best seller. Her most recent story collection, The Color Master, was a New York Times Notable Book in 2013.

Festival Highlights

Our Young Adult Program is Growing Stronger!
Since its inception, the Young Adult (YA) Program has been popular and continues to expand. For 2014, more than 100 authors, on 10 YA panels, will be on hand to discuss their writings. The 2014 YA Program expansion includes two panels of middle grade and YA authors whose works are aimed toward “tweens” and younger teens and the inclusion of two panels for older teens with best-selling new adult authors. Additionally, as part of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, a YA panel featuring authors from around the state will be presented.

A Literary Fusion: From Essays to Horror
Something for Every Reader
Adult readers will find an array of offerings, including new and exciting genre panels: Bram Stocker Award-winning author, Rena Mason in conversation with some of the biggest names in Horror; a celebration of 150 years in Nevada – the Silver State’s colorful history and future prospects; a discussion with contributors to the 2014 Vegas Writes Project, Lost and Found in Las Vegas: What the City Hides and What It Reveals; a debate on media in the digital age; and best-selling, literary award-winning, and local authors of biographies, romance, book club and literary fiction, mysteries, and essays will fill two stages. Panels and workshops on ancestry, publishing options, editing, and publicity will round out the festival.

Spoken and Illustrated Word: Nevada Celebrates 150 Years, Valley Wide Exhibitions and Youth Ignite the Language
The festival will include a panel discussion, spoken and illustrated word celebrations of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. Nevadan Waddie Mitchell, internationally known storyteller and poet, will perform in a special session. The Spoken and Illustrated Word Program will also include public showings featuring Nevada artists, poets and touring exhibits of nationally renowned illustrators and the art of graphic novels throughout the Las Vegas area. The SPARK! Youth Poetry Writing and Recitation Competition will take place in the Historic 5th Street School courtyard..

Children’s Literature: Art, Music and Laughs!
The BAM! It’s a Picture Book panel will focus upon the art of graphic novels. Leading graphic artists of the illustrated word, including Raina Telgemeier, Mark Crilley, Matthew Holm and Jimmy Gownley, will be discussing the topic. BAM! Gallery Exhibit and panel discussion are made possible through support from the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

The Children’s Literature Program will also include SteveSongs, also known as Mr. Steve, the co-host of the PBS KIDS preschool destination (performances made possible through support from PBS and Vegas PBS); Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the King of Kid Hop; and Comedy Magician Mac King with his Magical Literacy Tour.

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Office of Cultural Affairs
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