Coffee Writing Club
May
21
to May 20

Coffee Writing Club

A writers’ get-together with a coffee complement

On alternating Sundays, The Writer’s Block hosts authors for a writing and critique session accompanied by coffee from PublicUs. Each session begins with a brief introduction to the coffee being served, followed by an hour of silent writing time and a thirty-minute period reserved for discussion and critique. No registration is required.

Upcoming dates: Sunday, December 17th; Sunday, December 31st; Sunday, January 14th

 

 

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NEON LIT
Sep
29
to Apr 27

NEON LIT

UNLV’S MASTERS OF FINE ARTS MONTHLY READING SERIES

Hard working,  happy people read fiction and poetry. The Neon Lit reading series features writers from UNLV’s Masters of Fine Arts program. Kathryn Kruse, a short fiction writer and community organizer began the monthly program in 2009. Since the beginning, it has drawn standing room only crowds to downtown Las Vegas. The readings reflect the diverse student body and offer the opportunity to hear a wide variety of fiction and poetry.

Next date: Friday, January 26th

www.neonlit.org

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Nighttime Writers’ Group
Jan
24
to Jan 23

Nighttime Writers’ Group

Every other Wednesday, from 5:30–7:00PM

An open write-in on alternating Wednesdays—for adult writers looking for a designated time and space to develop their work and meet with other writers. An hour will be devoted to free writing; the remaining half-hour for open discussion and critique. No registration is required.

Upcoming dates: Wednesday, January 24th; Wednesday, February 7th; Wednesday, February 21st.

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Bourbon Book Club
Jan
25
6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon Book Club

A BOOK DISCUSSION PAIRED WITH WHISKEY

In January, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss the Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. A satirical commentary on modern man and his madness, Cat’s Cradle is an apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate—a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny.

The Book Club discussion will be complemented by a bourbon selected and provided by The Whiskey Attic. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. 

Copies of Cat’s Cradle can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. No registration for the Club is required. 

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Footnotes with Amanda Fortini
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Footnotes with Amanda Fortini

A reading and conversation with the author of a recently published work.

In October, Amanda Fortini documented the Route 91 shooting for the The New Yorker magazine News Desk. Featuring interviews with survivors, the resulting articles are carefully written, unsentimental, and vivid. A brief reading will be followed by a conversation with Fortini about how she conducted the interviews, as well as her writing method and influences.

Follow Amanda Fortini on Twitter at @amandafortini.

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Textual Orientation
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Textual Orientation

AN LGBTQ BOOK CLUB

Textual Orientation is book club featuring fiction, history, and creative nonfiction titles that focus on LGBTQ people and their lives. Anyone is welcome to participate.

In February, Club attendees will discuss Jeanette Winterson’s memoir, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? An acclaimed novelist, Winterson turns to her own life for this book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser, waiting for Armageddon; about growing up in a north England industrial town now changed beyond recognition; about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, which Winterson thought she had written over and repainted, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about other people’s literature, one that shows how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft that supports us when we are sinking.

Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. No registration for the Club is required. 

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Daria Peoples-Riley
Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

Daria Peoples-Riley

A book launch and signing with children’s book author-illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley.

(PLEASE NOTE: This event will occur at Eclipse Theaters—814 S 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101.)

The future is in your footsteps. / Freedom is in your feet. / Put one in front of the other, / and greet your destiny.

When a young dancer is nervous about her upcoming audition at a dance studio, her shadow comes to life and encourages her to “Listen to the hum of your heart’s song. / It will never lead you wrong.” As the pair dances through the city, the young girl gains confidence in her body, her skills, and her ability to shine. She returns to her audition with her head held high, ready to show the world what she’s made of.

With a lyrical text that reads like a spoken-word poem and exquisite mixed-media watercolor art, author-illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley’s debut is a love story to dance, self-confidence, and the joy of movement.

Daria Peoples-Riley grew up in Paso Robles, California, and is the daughter of a children’s librarian. She has a degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and earned her masters in education from Regis University, then worked for ten years as a middle school teacher. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her basketball-coach husband, twelve-year-old ballerina daughter, and a nine-year-old basketball-player son. This Is It is her first book.

Preorders are suggested and are available here.

 

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Better Half Book Club
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Better Half Book Club

A BOOK CLUB FEATURING LITERATURE BY WOMEN

Join us for the Better Half Book Club, where we’ll discuss Rachel Ingalls’s recently reissued 1982 novel, Mrs. Caliban.

In the quiet suburbs, while Dorothy is doing chores and waiting for her husband to come home from work, not in the least anticipating romance, she hears a strange radio announcement about a monster who has just escaped from the Institute for Oceanographic Research. Reviewers have compared Rachel Ingalls’s Mrs. Caliban to King Kong, Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, the films of David Lynch, “Beauty and the Beast,” The Wizard of OzE.T., Richard Yates’s domestic realism, B-horror movies, and the fairy tales of Angela Carter—how such a short novel could contain all of these disparate elements is a testament to its startling and singular charm.

An hour-long discussion will be accompanied by light snacks and refreshments. Men, women, and those who identify as neither are all welcome at the Better Half Book Club.

Copies of Mrs. Caliban can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

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Julia Sonneborn
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Julia Sonneborn

A reading and signing with Julia Sonneborn, author of the novel By the Book

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

An English professor in California, Anne Corey is determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president. Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past...and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

Julia Sonneborn is an English professor and a Los Angeles native. After heading east for college and graduate school, she hightailed it back to California, where she now lives with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a dog. When she’s not reading, writing, or talking about books, she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading online gossip blogs, and throwing dinner parties. She is the author of By the Book.

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Footnotes with Kim Foster
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Footnotes with Kim Foster

A reading and conversation with the author of a recently published work.

Last summer, Kim Foster wrote a feature for Desert Companion magazine titled “The Meth Lunches.” A mixture of evocative food writing and vulnerable introspection, the piece describes Foster’s experience of adjusting to Las Vegas after NYC, and her family’s relationship with the meth-addicted handyman working on their home. A brief reading will be followed by a conversation with Foster about how she wrote the piece, as well as her writing method and influences.

Follow Kim Foster’s work at www.kim-foster.com.

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Shortlist Book Club
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

Shortlist Book Club

THIS SEASON: THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE

Tuesday, January 16th at 6pm: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
(Previously: Tuesday, November 14th at 6pm: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan)

At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read two books nominated for the same literary award: the winner, and one runner-up. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the two books tell us about the year that the prize was issued?

When the Pulitzer committee selected Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, they described it as “a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America.” Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.

Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion. Paperback copies of The Underground Railroad are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

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Angela Ball
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Angela Ball

A reading and signing with poet Angela Ball, author of the Pitt Poetry collection Talking Pillow.

Talking Pillow celebrates love as amazement, sustenance, and the progenitor of scarce-believable loss. The book centers around the sudden death of the author’s long-time partner and travels outward to events in the world at large. Imagining themselves into multiple times, places, and lives, the poems comically explore the possibilities of attachment between people and the absurdity of death’s sudden intrusion. Antic and often funny, these poems converse with all that we care about, fear, and fail to understand.

Angela Ball is professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she directs the Center for Writers. She is the author of five previous poetry collections: Kneeling Between Parked CarsThe Museum of the Revolution: 58 ExhibitsPossessionQuartet, and Night Clerk at the Hotel of Both Worlds. She is the recipient of an NEA grant and has twice won the Poetry Prize from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Her work has been featured in Best American Poetry, on the Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and has been frequently anthologized.

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Genre Book Club
Jan
4
6:00 PM18:00

Genre Book Club

This month: fantasy

The Genre Book Club meets on alternating months to discuss a novel from one of a number of literary genres. On January 4th, the Club will discuss N.K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award-winning novel, The Fifth Season.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

The discussion will be complemented by light snacks and refreshments. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of The Fifth Season can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration for the Club is not required.

 

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THE LAS VEGAS WRITES PROJECT
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

THE LAS VEGAS WRITES PROJECT

READING AND CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHORS

Join us for an evening of short readings from Back to Where You Once Belonged: Las Vegas Writers Weigh the Power of the Past, the 2017 volume in the Las Vegas Writes series.

Backgrounded by a city with a famously complicated relationship to the idea of history, the writers gathering in this book each tangle with the influence of the past. Whether it’s contemplating the psychology of men who hire a fetish model to recreate moments from their pasts, or assessing the damage caused by loss and trauma, or just visiting a museum, these essays remind us that the past is never far behind.

Participating writers include Dan Hernandez, Sarah Jane Woodall, Noah Cicero and T.R. Witcher.

This evening’s reading will be moderated by Scott Dickensheets, Deputy Editor of Desert Companion, and Geoff Schumacher, Senior Director of Content for The Mob Museum.

Las Vegas Writes Project is supported by public funding for the literary arts through the Las Vegas Book Festival, the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, and Huntington Press.    

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Sarah Lacy
Dec
14
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah Lacy

A moderated discussion and book signing with Sarah Lacy, author of A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Woman's Guide to Overthrowing the Patriarchy

In A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug, Sarah Lacy argues that working mothers aren’t a liability, but an asset. Assets that you—and every manager and executive—want in your company, in your investment portfolio, and in your corner. 

There is copious academic research showing the benefits of working mothers on families and the benefits to companies who give women longer and more flexible parental leave. Yet despite this concrete proof that working mothers are a lucrative asset, they still face the “Maternal Wall”—widespread unconscious bias about their abilities, contributions, and commitment. Nearly eighty percent of women are less likely to be hired if they have children—and are half as likely to be promoted. Mothers earn an average $11,000 less in salary and are held to higher punctuality and performance standards. 

Fortunately, this prejudice is slowly giving way to new attitudes, thanks to more women starting their own businesses and companies like Netflix, Facebook, Apple, and Google implementing more parent-friendly policies. But the most important barrier to change isn’t about men. Women must rethink the way they see themselves after giving birth. As entrepreneur Sarah Lacy makes clear in this cogent, persuasive analysis and clarion cry, the strongest, most lucrative, and most ambitious time of a woman’s career may easily be after she sees a plus sign on a pregnancy test.

Sarah Lacy is the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of the investigative tech news site Pando.com. She has been covering technology news and entrepreneurship for over fifteen years, with stints at BusinessWeek and TechCrunch before founding her own company while on maternity leave in 2011. She lives in San Francisco. Most importantly of all, she is a mother of two young children.

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Local Author Showcase
Dec
9
5:00 PM17:00

Local Author Showcase

AN OPEN-HOUSE EVENT WITH VEGAS-BASED AUTHORS

Each season, The Writer’s Block Book Shop showcases a selection of books from local self-published and indie authors. On a final Saturday, these authors gather at the store for a book signing and meet-and-greet. 

This season’s authors are Bonnie Apple (representing work by Tad Corbet), Vicki-Ann Bush, Crystal Clary, Mathias B. Freese, Alan Geik, Lisa Medford, and Shane W. Walley.

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EXPO
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

EXPO

A READING SERIES FEATURING VEGAS AUTHORS

EXPO is a monthly reading series of original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from Las Vegas writers. A venue for both established and emerging authors, each installment features five authors for five minutes each.

This installment of EXPO will include readings from Esmerelda Contreras, Tamara N. Dolson, Matt Farwell, Daniel Gumbiner, and Emily Hoover. 

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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Wayne Avrashow
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Wayne Avrashow

A reading and signing with Wayne Avrashow, in support of his political thriller, Roll the Dice.

The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics—his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists. But Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties. Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?

Wayne Avrashow is an attorney, former campaign manager, government commissioner, and author of numerous op-ed articles on political and legal issues. He is also the author of Success at Mediation: 10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys. Find him online at www.wayneavrashow.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter, @WayneAvrashow.

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Public Reception: Dave Hickey
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Public Reception: Dave Hickey

A public reception with Dave Hickey, celebrating his lectures at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art

The UNLV College of Fine Arts and the Black Mountain Institute welcome Dave Hickey, MacArthur “Genius” and former UNLV faculty. The reception will be held between his upcoming lectures at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art—Dave Hickey: Lectures on Art & Writing (Dec. 5th and 12th). 

This open-house reception is free and open to the public. It does not include a formal presentation from Hickey.

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Better Half Book Club
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Better Half Book Club

A BOOK CLUB FEATURING LITERATURE BY WOMEN

Join us for the Better Half Book Club, where we’ll discuss Sarah Hepola’s memoir, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.

For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman. But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn’t remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead.

An hour-long discussion will be accompanied by light snacks and refreshments. Men, women, and those who identify as neither are all welcome at the Better Half Book Club.

Copies of Blackout can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

Note: author Sarah Hepola will be appearing at the Las Vegas Book Festival on Saturday, October 21st. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Textual Orientation
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

Textual Orientation

An LGBTQ Book Club

Textual Orientation is book club featuring fiction, history, and creative nonfiction titles that focus on LGBTQ people and their lives. Anyone is welcome to participate.

At its inaugural meeting, Club attendees will discuss Robert Beachy’s historical study, Gay Berlin. Long known for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other men), before the turn of the twentieth-century, Berlin was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities. It was a city of firsts—the first sex reassignment surgeries, (arguably) the first openly gay man—that molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. Robert Beachy deftly guides readers through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think about sexuality to this day.

Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of Gay Berlin can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. No registration for the Club is required. 

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Bourbon Book Club
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Bourbon Book Club

A BOOK DISCUSSION PAIRED WITH WHISKEY

In November, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss the The Girls by Emma Cline. Published to significant hype and acclaim in 2016, Cline’s debut novel is inspired by the real-life Manson Family commune—and the young, female devotees drawn to the cult’s charismatic leader. 

The Book Club discussion will be complemented by a bourbon selected and provided by The Whiskey Attic. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. 

Copies of The Girls can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. No registration for the Club is required. 

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Chris Kraus
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Chris Kraus

A reading and discussion with Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick and After Kathy Acker

Join the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV for a discussion with novelist, critic, and editor Chris Kraus. Her newest book, After Kathy Acker, is the first official biography of punk poet and postmodern novelist Kathy Acker—who, twenty years after her death, is remembered for her intoxicating and transgressive literary experiments. A reading with Kraus will be followed by a conversation with Black Mountain Institute executive director Joshua Wolf Shenk. 

Seating for this event will be limited. Admission is free, but we ask that you RSVP at the following link.

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels and two books of art and cultural criticism.  Her first novel, I Love Dick, has been adapted for television. Kraus’ most recent book is After Kathy Acker, a literary biography.  Her writing has been published in The Believer, Granta, The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications.  She is a co-editor of the independent press Semiotext(e) and lives in LA.

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Shortlist Book Club
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Shortlist Book Club

This Season: The 2017 Pulitzer Prize

Tuesday, November 14th at 6pm: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
Tuesday, January 16th at 6pm: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read two books nominated for the same literary award: the winner, and one runner-up. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the two books tell us about the year that the prize was issued?

In the words of the Pulitzer committee, C.E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings is a “a daring novel that explores race, the burden of history and other themes of American life on a vast and imaginative canvas.” Hellsmouth, an indomitable Thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm, the violence of the Forges’ history is brought starkly into view. Entangled in a web of fear, prejudice, and greed, each tethers their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.

Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion. Paperback copies of The Sport of Kings are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

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EXPO
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

EXPO

A READING SERIES FEATURING VEGAS AUTHORS

EXPO is a monthly reading series of original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from Las Vegas writers. A venue for both established and emerging authors, each installment features five authors for five minutes each.

This installment of EXPO will include readings from Jennifer Croft, Karen Laing, Jen Nails, and Brian Rouff. 

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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Megan Edwards
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

Megan Edwards

A READING & SIGNING CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF THE 2ND NOVEL IN THE COPPER BLACK MYSTERY SERIES, FULL SERVICE BLONDE

 A working girl is found dead in the desert. Can a calendar girl uncover the truth?

In this prequel to Getting off on Frank Sinatra, it’s Christmastime in Sin City. Aspiring journalist Copper Black meets Victoria McKimber, an outspoken prostitute at one of Nevada’s legal brothels. She’s offered Copper the exclusive right to tell her story. Not only will the Las Vegas Light’s “calendar girl” get a byline, but she can also impress her boyfriend and parents when they arrive for the holidays.  Copper is busy with work, Christmas shopping, and fantasizing about a whole week with her long-distance boyfriend. She’s also helping her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is spearheading plans for a new center to serve the homeless. Things are hectic but under control when shocking news breaks. Victoria McKimber has turned up dead.  As she investigates the violent death, Copper evades enemies, juggles boyfriend, work, and family, and races against time to save her brother from a sinister plot. Unless she can expose the truth about Victoria McKimber, somebody just might get away with murder.

Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes, the humor book Caution: Funny Signs Ahead, a Copper Black mystery Getting off on Frank Sinatra and a romantic novel Strings: A Love Story.  She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

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THE ROAD TRIP REPORT
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

THE ROAD TRIP REPORT

A Presentation by Bryan McCormick

Bryan McCormick will be presenting a report summing-up his road trip experiences over the last two years. His journey began here in Las Vegas in late 2015. Back then he had promised he would return after two years to talk about his experiences. This is it—for one night only. His presentation will cover both the great and not-so-great moments from the road, with a notable focus on the election year. As he has said of his experience, “the trouble with going out to discover America is that you will find it.” Topics will include becoming a nomad, the sharing culture, bigotry, inequality, surfing, photography, and leaving it all behind.

Bryan McCormick is a lifelong experimentalist who was educated as an art historian, worked as a programmer, and became something of a financial nerd in later life. He has been writing and making images in various media since his teens. While in Las Vegas, he was best known for his contributions to the Vegas Vernacular Project and as one of the partners in the Las Vegas Camera Club. Some of his writings covering the earliest portions of the road trip can be found on the Desert Companion blog.

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Robin Holabird
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Robin Holabird

A READING AND SIGNING WITH ROBIN HOLABIRD, AUTHOR OF ELVIS, MARILYN, AND THE SPACE ALIENS: ICONS OF THE SCREEN IN NEVADA

Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and space aliens like the Transformers share a surprising connection along with James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Rocky Balboa. These beloved icons played active roles in movie and television projects featuring the State of Nevada. Holabird explores the blending of icons and Nevada, along with her personal experiences of watching movies, talking with famous people, and showing off a diverse range of stunning and iconic locations like Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Area 51.  The book is a fun mixture of research, personal experiences, and analysis about how Nevada became the location of choice for a broad spectrum of well-known films and characters.

Robin Holabird is former deputy director of the Nevada Film Office and a regular film reviewer on KUNR 88.7 FM, Reno Public Radio. She has traveled the state extensively scouting locations for films. A former board member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), she is former editor of the organization’s magazine Locations. This is her first book.

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Caleb S. Cage
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Caleb S. Cage

A READING AND SIGNING WITH CALEB S. CAGE, AUTHOR OF DESERT MEMENTOS: STORIES OF IRAQ AND NEVADA

Desert Mementos is a collection of loosely connected short stories. They are bound together by the soldier’s searing experiences in the desert, and book-ended by his leaving and returning home to Nevada—a place which, in many ways, can be just as disorienting as the Iraq desert. 

Caleb S. Cage is a native of Reno, Nevada and a veteran of the United States Army. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, he served as a field artillery officer from 2002 to 2007, including time as a platoon leader in Baqubah, Iraq, in 2004, and as an information operations battle captain in Baghdad in 2006. He is co-author of The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq (2008) with Gregory M. Tomlin.

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Scott Stabile
Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

Scott Stabile

A READING AND SIGNING WITH SCOTT STABILE, AUTHOR OF BIG LOVE

Scott Stabile’s parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose, and Scott was drawn into a cult that dominated his life for over a decade. Through it all, he remained committed to living his life from love. In his new book, Big Love, Scott describes how he was able to bring himself to a place of peace despite these immense challenges, and encourages us to be “love-spreaders” in our own lives.

Scott Stabile is the author of Big Love. His inspirational posts and videos have attracted a huge and devoted social media following, including over 350K Facebook fans and counting. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, he lives in Michigan and conducts personal empowerment workshops around the world.

www.scottstabile.com

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Las Vegas Book Festival
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Las Vegas Book Festival

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THE 16TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BOOK FESTIVAL, FEATURING DANIEL HANDLER (LEMONY SNICKET), SHARON DRAPER, BRIT BENNETT, BENJAMIN ALIRE SAENZ, KEVIN YOUNG & MANY MORE

The Vegas Valley Book Festival, now in its sixteenth year, is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. The festival has networked together a community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading. This annual festival is the largest literary event in Nevada, drawing more than 10,000 attendees during the season. Since its founding in 2002, the festival has presented over 800 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 500 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings. The festival is free and open to the public.

For more information and a current lineup of festival speakers, please visit www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org

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THE LAS VEGAS WRITES PROJECT
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

THE LAS VEGAS WRITES PROJECT

BOOK LAUNCH AND CONVERSATION WITH THE AUTHORS

(Please note: this event will not occur at The Writer’s Block. It will be held at the Clark County Library Theater.)

Back to Where You Once Belonged: Las Vegas Writers Weigh the Power of the Past. Ten Las Vegas essayists examine the weight of the past on the present—and, perhaps, on the future. Set in and around a city with its own peculiar and complicated relationship to the very idea of history, these eclectic narratives examine the topic from a variety of surprising directions. 

This evening’s conversation will be moderated by Scott Dickensheets, Deputy Editor of Desert Companion, and Geoff Schumacher, Senior Director of Content for The Mob Museum.

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EXPO
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

EXPO

A READING SERIES FEATURING VEGAS AUTHORS

EXPO is a monthly reading series of original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from Las Vegas writers. A venue for both established and emerging authors, each installment features five authors for five minutes each.

This installment of EXPO will include readings from Chris Cippolini, Nora Hanon, J.C. Hemphill, Susan Joslyn, and Chase McCurdy.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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Larry C. Johns
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Larry C. Johns

A READING AND SIGNING WITH LARRY C. JOHNS, CO-AUTHOR OF THE BANEBERRY DISASTER: A GENERATION OF ATOMIC FALLOUT

The Baneberry Disaster covers the calamitous December 1970 Baneberry underground nuclear test. It pumped nearly 7 million curies of radiation into the atmosphere, and caused the suspension of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site for six months. Its radioactive cloud exposed 86 test-site workers to radiation—two of whom died of leukemia less than four years later.
 
The authors are attorneys from Las Vegas who spent twenty-five years pursuing a lawsuit for the victims at Baneberry. The story begins in 1971, just after the Baneberry test vented, and takes the reader through the years leading up to the trial in 1979, and the multiple appeals that followed. It discusses the claims and lawsuits filed by others exposed to atomic testing, and the congressional investigations that led to the enactment of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act in 1990.

Larry C. Johns holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona. He was admitted into the Nevada Bar Association in 1968. In 1993, he was selected to membership in the Nevada American Inns of Court, Lloyd D. George Chapter, and remained active until 2005.

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Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

A PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH MAC BARNETT AND JON KLASSEN, CELEBRATING THE RELEASE OF THEIR NEW BOOK, THE WOLF, THE DUCK, AND THE MOUSE

(Please note: this event will not occur at The Writer’s Block. It will be held at the Historic Fifth Street School.)

All-star duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen reunite for their newest picture book, The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, the story of a mouse and duck who are swallowed by a wolf and decide to live in his belly. Featuring prose by Barnett and illustrations by Klassen, it’s a modern fable of cooperation and cuisine that’s sure to go down easy. Officially releasing on October 10th, the authors will be celebrating the book’s launch in Las Vegas with a presentation and signing at the Historic Fifth Street School.

This event is free and open to the public. The reading will begin at 6:30pm, to be followed by a book signing with Barnett and Klassen. The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, as well as a selection of the duo’s other books, will be on sale at the event. Pre-orders for The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse are available. A purchase of The Wolf will be required to enter the signing line. However, the authors will also sign a limited number of books brought from home or purchased at the event, time permitting.

Special thanks to the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Book Festival for their generous support and co-sponsorship for the event.

To reserve copies of The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, please complete the following form.

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P Moss
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

P Moss

A READING AND SIGNING WITH P MOSS, AUTHOR OF VEGAS TABLOID

Sex, greed and cold-blooded murder are the highlights of this crime-fiction thriller. It features a wisecracking con man and his sideshow troupe of small-time criminals, who have recently become the most popular performers on the Las Vegas Strip. Rich and famous, it was life in the fast lane for the fire-eating beauty, the sex-crazed midget, the safecracking swami, and the rest of this neo-noir cast of social delinquents—until they found themselves in the crosshairs of a serial killer. Armed with little more than street smarts, this band of misfits fights an uphill battle against a bloodthirsty billionaire, a perverted cop, and betrayal from within. They are racing the clock not only to save themselves, but prevent the biggest mass murder in American history.

P Moss is a Las Vegas author whose fiction has appeared in several magazines and anthologies including Dead Neon and The Perpetual Engine of Hope. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, he is film noir and pulp fiction enthusiast.  Moss is also a musician and songwriter, whose band Bloodcocks UK—the only American band never to play in America—recently completed a rollicking fifth tour of Japan. Vegas Tabloid is the final book of his Las Vegas trilogy.

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Genre Book Club
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Genre Book Club

THIS MONTH: HORROR

The Genre Book Club meets on alternating months to discuss a novel from one of a number of literary genres. On October 5th, the Club will discuss John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel, Let the Right One In.

In the autumn 1981, an inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day. But the murder is not the only thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, something odd. And she only comes out at night…

The discussion will be complemented by light snacks and refreshments. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of Let the Right One In can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration for the Club is not required.

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NEON LIT: SEPTEMBER
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

NEON LIT: SEPTEMBER

UNLV’S MASTERS OF FINE ARTS MONTHLY READING SERIES

Hard working,  happy people read fiction and poetry. The Neon Lit reading series features writers from UNLV’s Masters of Fine Arts program. Kathryn Kruse, a short fiction writer and community organizer began the monthly program in 2009. Since the beginning, it has drawn standing room only crowds to downtown Las Vegas. The readings reflect the diverse student body and offer the opportunity to hear a wide variety of fiction and poetry.

Featuring this month: Frank Johnson, Joe Milan, Wendy Wimmer-Schuchart, Gaby Williams, Leisa Loan, Jack Stilwell.

www.neonlit.org

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Lynn Comella
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Lynn Comella

A reading and book signing with Lynn Comella, author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

In the 1970s a group of pioneering feminist entrepreneurs launched a movement that ultimately changed the way sex was talked about, had, and enjoyed. Boldly reimagining who sex shops were for and the kinds of spaces they could be, these entrepreneurs opened sex-toy stores like Eve’s Garden, Good Vibrations, and Babeland not just as commercial enterprises, but to provide educational and community resources as well. In Vibrator Nation Lynn Comella tells the fascinating history of how these stores raised sexual consciousness, redefined the adult industry, and changed women's lives. Comella describes a world where sex-positive retailers double as social activists, where products are framed as tools of liberation, and where consumers are willing to pay for the promise of better living—one conversation, vibrator, and orgasm at a time.

Lynn Comella, Ph.D. is an associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An award-winning researcher, she’s written extensively about sexuality and culture for numerous academic publications and popular media outlets. She’s the author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure (Duke University Press, 2017) and co-editor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law (Praeger, 2015)

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