NEON LIT SERIES
Sep
30
Apr 28

NEON LIT SERIES

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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.

www.neonlit.org

Nighttime Writers’ Group
Dec
28
Dec 27

Nighttime Writers’ Group

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Every other Wednesday, from 6–7:30pm.

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.

World Book Club
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

World Book Club

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A book club dedicated to world literature.

From Peru to China, Nigeria to Hungary, some of the world’s greatest writers are at work overseas. In this bi-monthly book club, readers will explore these literary talents from around the world, discussing their books and the places they come from.

In March, World Book Club attendees will be discussing Israeli author Etgar Keret’s memoir The Seven Good Years. Set in the seven years between the birth of Keret’s son and the death of his father, this acclaimed sequence of autobiographical anecdotes blends comedy and tragedy, and covers such disparate topics as Israel’s mandatory conscription, Angry Birds, and his son’s insistence that he is a cat.

An hour-long discussion will be accompanied by light snacks and refreshments. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of The Seven Good Years can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

Joshua Wolf Shenk
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Joshua Wolf Shenk

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A reading and conversation with author Joshua Wolf Shenk

Please join us for an evening with Joshua Wolf Shenk, who will be reading from his book-in-progress—tentatively titled The Question Man -or- The Exploding Story of Wm. G. Wilson, Author of Alcoholics Anonymous. An essay in the tradition of Janet Malcolm and Hunter S. Thompson, Question Man uses the life of AA co-founder William Griffith Wilson to explore themes of addiction, sobriety, and identity. 

Joshua Wolf Shenk is a curator, essayist, and author, most recently of Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity. His work has been published in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and many other periodicals. His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was named a best book of 2005 by The New York Times. He is a founding advisor to The Moth, and serves on the board of PEN Center USA. Splitting his time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, he is the executive director and a writer-in-residence of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. 

EXPO
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

EXPO

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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 is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

MEGAN EDWARDS
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

MEGAN EDWARDS

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BOOK LAUNCH, READING AND SIGNING WITH MEGAN EDWARDS, AUTHOR OF GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA

Juggling work, family, and boyfriend challenges, aspiring journalist Copper Black stirs up a world of trouble when she finds a corpse behind a door she never should have opened. Las Vegas turns into a whole different kind of “sin city” as Copper investigates the murder of a beloved local philanthropist in Getting off on Frank Sinatra.

Megan Edwards is Executive Editor of Living-Las-Vegas.com and Founding Editor of RoadTripAmerica.com. A former newspaper columnist and magazine contributor, Edwards is the author of the well-received travel memoir Roads from the Ashes: An Odyssey in Real Life on the Virtual FrontierGetting off on Frank Sinatra is her debut novel.

The Writer’s Block Book Club
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

The Writer’s Block Book Club

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The original Writer’s Block Book Club, featuring both classic and contemporary fiction on an alternating basis.

Join us for the April Book Club meeting, where we’ll be discussing Tessa Hadley’s novel The Past. Three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house one last time before it is sold. The house is filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father); yet beneath the idyllic surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

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

The Bourbon Book Club
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

The Bourbon Book Club

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A book discussion paired with whiskey

In April, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by twentieth-century Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima. Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. Obsessed by the beauty of the temple, he cannot escape its image—even when tempted into the geisha district by a friend. In the novel's soaring climax, he tries desperately to free himself from his fixation.

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


Genre Book Club
Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

Genre Book Club

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This month: science fiction.

The Genre Book Club meets every other month to discuss a novel from the science fiction, fantasy, or horror genres. In February, the Club will discuss Mary Doria Russell’s sci-fi novel The Sparrow.

In 2019, humanity finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post picks up singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While UN diplomats endlessly debate a first-contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being “human.”

The discussion will be complemented by light snacks and refreshments. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance.

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

 

EXPO
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

EXPO

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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 feature readings from Myles Barker, Dawn-Michelle Baude, Oksana Marafioti, Mitchell McInnis, and Amelia Pond.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary.

The Bourbon Book Club
Feb
9
6:00 pm18:00

The Bourbon Book Club

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A book discussion paired with whiskey.

In February, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss The Infatuations by Spanish novelist Javier Marías. María Dolz is drawn to a couple that she observes each morning at her local café. When the man in the couple is murdered, María approaches his widow with condolences—and is drawn into the mystery of his death when she falls in love with a man she meets at their home. 

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

Slam Poetry Workshop
Feb
4
3:00 pm15:00

Slam Poetry Workshop

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Presented by The Truth Collective

SATURDAYS: FEBRUARY 4, 11 & 18
FROM 3-4:30PM

For students ages 14 and up.

Las Vegas slam-poetry organization The Truth Collective offers a free, three-week workshop culminating in an off-site performance at The Truth Spot LV. Students of all skill levels ages 14 and up will write, edit, and rehearse original slam content. 

Registration will occur during the first session and is not required in advance. For questions, please contact our staff at info@thewritersblock.org.

BOOKKO
Feb
3
7:00 pm19:00

BOOKKO

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A LITERARY THROWDOWN

Think you know books? Now’s your chance to prove it by throwing down at BOOKKO. Over the course of several elimination rounds, competitors will test their literary knowledge, head to head, on questions ranging from book history to author biographies and beyond. The final competitor left standing will become the undisputed WB Champion of the World (or at least Literary Las Vegas) and receive a gift card to the Writer’s Block Book Shop.

This is a free event. The competition will be designed around individual contestants—teams are not required. Eliminated contestants are still eligible for wildcard prizes. No RSVP is necessary.

NEON LIT: JANUARY
Jan
27
7:00 pm19:00

NEON LIT: JANUARY

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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.

www.neonlit.org

The Writer’s Block Book Club
Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

The Writer’s Block Book Club

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The original Writer’s Block Book Club, featuring both classic and contemporary fiction on an alternating basis.

Join us for the January Book Club meeting, where we’ll be discussing Henry James’s classic New York novel, Washington Square. Catherine Sloper is the plain-featured daughter of a wealthy doctor. She is emotionally inexperienced, and unprepared for the complexities of courtship when a handsome (and potentially gold-digging) man begins to pay her visits. Torn between her desire for romantic love and the approval of her father, Catherine is forced into self-knowledge and an uncertain destiny. One of James’s most-loved novels, Washington Square has been praised by readers for its elegant prose and ambiguous moral texture, and features one of his great comic characters—Catherine’s busybody aunt, Lavinia Penniman. 

An hour-long discussion will be followed by an informal reception. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of Washington Square can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration for the Book Club is not required.

World Book Club
Jan
10
6:00 pm18:00

World Book Club

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A book club dedicated to world literature.

From Peru to China, Nigeria to Hungary, some of the world’s greatest writers are at work oversees. In this bi-monthly book club, readers will explore these literary talents from around the world, discussing their books and the places they come from.

In January, World Book Club attendees will be discussing Keri Hulme’s 1984 novel, The Bone People. Set on the coast of the New Zealand Sea, the novel tells the story of a part-Maori, part-European artist whose life is disrupted by a speechless boy who appears at her home late one night. Part mystery, part love story, it was the winner of both the Booker Prize and the Pegasus Prize for Literature, and has been praised for its complex wordplay and emotional depth. 

An hour-long discussion will be followed by an informal reception. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance.

Copies of The Bone People can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration for the Book Club is not required.

EXPO
Jan
6
7:00 pm19:00

EXPO

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A reading series featuring Vegas authors.

EXPO is a bi-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 readers for five minutes each.

The first installment of EXPO will include readings from J. Elvis Herman, Emily Hoover, Heather Lang, Nicholas Russell, and Casey Sparks.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary.

YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA & GABRIEL URZA
Dec
9
7:00 pm19:00

YELENA AKHTIORSKAYA & GABRIEL URZA

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A reading and book signing with novelists Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Gabriel Urza

Please join us for an evening with Black Mountain Institute fellows Yelena Akhtiorskaya and Gabriel Urza as they read from their debut novels and discuss their approach to fiction writing.

Yelena Akhtiorskaya is the author of Panic in a Suitcase, a debut novel that follows two decades in the life of a household of Ukrainian immigrants in Brooklyn. Born in Odessa, Ukraine and raised in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Yelena earned an MFA from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in n+1, The New Republic, Triple Canopy, and other publications. She is currently working on a novel that charts the course of a romantic relationship between two young people. 

Gabriel Urza is the author of All That Followed, a novel set in a fictional town in the Basque region of Spain that is rocked by the murder of a politician. A former public defender from Reno, Nevada, Urza drew on his own Basque heritage and on-site legal research in San Sebastián during the book’s composition. He is currently writing a novel that draws on his experiences practicing law.

The Bourbon Book Club
Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

The Bourbon Book Club

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A book discussion paired with whiskey.

In December, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 novel, Valley of the Dolls. Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in NYC, and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that there is no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls. 

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

Copies of the 50th Anniversary edition of Valley of the Dolls can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop.

Tom Lutz
Dec
7
7:00 pm19:00

Tom Lutz

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A reading and book signing with Tom Lutz, the founder and editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and the author of And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit.

Tom Lutz is on a mission to visit every country on earth. And the Monkey Learned Nothing contains reports from fifty of them, describing personal encounters in rarely visited spots, anecdotes from way off the beaten path. Lutz’s journeys span China, Bali, Peru, and Nicaragua—to name just a few—and include encounters with reed dancers, bankers, and preachers. Throughout, Lutz maintains his commitment to the sublime and the ridiculous. 

Tom Lutz is is the founder and editor in chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. His previous books have been translated into twelve languages, and include Doing Nothing, Crying, Cosmopolitan Vistas, and American Nervousness, 1903. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, and he has taught at Stanford University, University of Iowa, CalArts, and University of Copenhagen. He currently teaches at UC Riverside. 

He will be appearing the next day for a Craft Talk on Publishing at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. The Talk is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Please follow this link to register.

Local Author Showcase
Dec
3
5:00 pm17:00

Local Author Showcase

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This month: featuring young adult and children’s books

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

This month’s authors are Alba Arango (Mission in Berlin), Hal Goldblatt (The ’tis Bottle), Renee Jean (Never Give Up), Cassandra Jefferson (King Martin), and Timothy Woodward (If I Told You So). 

Birds, Books, & Buttons
Nov
26
10:00 am10:00

Birds, Books, & Buttons

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Join us on Small Business Saturday for special promotions.

Purchases of $15 or greater include an adjective button.
Purchases of $100 or greater qualify for a 10% discount on all books.
Purchases of $150 or greater include a complimentary artificial bird adoption.

All of these promotions stack, and are compatible with our book punch-card system.

NEON LIT: NOVEMBER
Nov
18
7:00 pm19:00

NEON LIT: NOVEMBER

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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.

www.neonlit.org

John Steinbeck on Writing: Show & Tell
Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

John Steinbeck on Writing: Show & Tell

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A presentation by Beverly Rogers, featuring an assortment of Steinbeck editions from her personal collection.

What can the habits and preferences of an author tell us about their books? And to what extent does the “look” of a book matter? 

Join us for a discussion with avid philanthropist and bibliophile Beverly Rogers as she considers these questions in connection to John Steinbeck, an author whose books form a major part of her private collection of early-and-first editions. Topics will include the way in which the physical appearance of Steinbeck’s books contributed to the experience of his first readers, and the interplay between the author, his agents and publishers, and manufacturers in the final form of his printed material. Attention will also be paid to Steinbeck’s habits and preferences, which were extreme and sometimes humorous—and extended, even, to the brand of pencil he favored for composition.

Beverly Rogers is a noted philanthropist and scholar, and one of the namesake donors and board members of the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV. An avid collector of Victorian and early twentieth-century literature, Rogers has taken special interest in the work of George Eliot, John Steinbeck—and notorious book forger Thomas J. Wise. She sits on a number of nonprofit boards, and is the Chair of the Rogers Foundation.

 

 

The Writer’s Block Book Club
Nov
3
6:00 pm18:00

The Writer’s Block Book Club

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The original Writer’s Block Book Club, featuring both classic and contemporary fiction on an alternating basis. 

Join us for the November Book Club meeting, where we’ll be discussing Rachel Cusk’s 2016 novel, Outline. A novelist travels to Athens to teach a creative writing class. In the course of her travels and during her exercises with her students, she engages in extended conversations with ten individuals. By recounting these dialogues, a portrait of the novelist-narrator is drawn—as if in outline.

An hour-long discussion will be followed by an informal reception. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. 

Copies of Outline can be purchased at The Writer's Block Book Shop in paperback. Registration for the Book Club is not required. 

Local Author Showcase
Oct
29
5:00 pm17:00

Local Author Showcase

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This month: featuring works of religion, spirituality, and personal growth.

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

This month’s authors are Dorothy Hill Baroch (Listen to the Heartbeat of the Church), Jacquelin Johnson (Love as Promised), Jagdish Patel (The Seven C’s of Happiness), Lamont Robinson (The Horoscope of the USA), G.H. Tompkins (The Elements of Suicide and Survival), and Bobbi Brooks Wilcox (Reconciled).

MIRIAM MELTON-VILLANUEVA
Oct
28
7:00 pm19:00

MIRIAM MELTON-VILLANUEVA

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A READING AND BOOK SIGNING WITH MIRIAM MELTON-VILLANUEVA, AUTHOR OF THE AZTECS AT INDEPENDENCE

Nahuatl-speaking women and men left last wills in their own tongue during an era when the written tradition of their language was generally assumed to have ended.  Describing their world in testaments clustered around epidemic cycles, they responded to profound changes in population, land use and local governance with astonishing vibrancy.

The Aztecs at Independence: Nahua Culture Makers in Central Mexico, 1799-1832 offers the first internal ethnographic view of these central Mexican indigenous communities in the critical transitional time of Independence. The book uses previously unknown, unstudied and untranslated indigenous texts to bring Nahua society into history, fleshing out glimpses of daily life in early nineteenth century. 

Miriam Melton-Villanueva is an assistant professor in the Department of History at UNLV. She was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles.

GHOST STORIES: Cancelled
Oct
27
7:00 pm19:00

GHOST STORIES: Cancelled

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This event has been cancelled.

We hope to schedule another seasonal reading sometime during the winter, and apologize for the inconvenience. 

World Book Club
Oct
25
6:00 pm18:00

World Book Club

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A book club dedicated to World Literature

From Peru to China, Nigeria to Hungary, some the world’s greatest writers are at work oversees. In this bi-monthly book club, readers will explore these literary talents from around the world, discussing their books and the places they come from. 

In October, World Book Club attendees will be discussing A. Igoni Barrett’s novel, Blackass. A satire set in modern-day Lagos, Barrett’s newest novel takes Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” as its starting point, and features a young Nigerian man who wakes up on the morning of a job interview and discovers that he’s turned white. 

An hour-long discussion will be followed by an informal reception. Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance.

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

Viva Vegas Lit
Oct
22
6:30 pm18:30

Viva Vegas Lit

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Co-hosted by The Literary Review and Helen: A Literary Magazine

Join Heather Lang with The Literary Review and Jocelyn Paige Kelly with Helen: A Literary Magazine for a celebration of both publications’ Las Vegas contributors.

Featuring TLR contributors: Claudia Keelan, Donald Revell, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, and Angela M. Brommel; and Helen contributors: Jennifer Battisti, Arika Elizenberry, Caroline Horwitz, Michael Kroesche, Ingrid Taylor, and Sarah Vernetti.

The Literary Review is an international print journal of contemporary writing that has been published quarterly since 1957 by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Helen: A Literary Magazine is a Vegas-based literary and arts magazine published biannually in innovative print and digital media. 

NEON LIT: OCTOBER
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

NEON LIT: OCTOBER

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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.

www.neonlit.org

Vegas Valley Book Festival After Dark
Oct
15
5:30 pm17:30

Vegas Valley Book Festival After Dark

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An evening of readings and conversations with three acclaimed authors: Katherine Boo, Geoff Dyer, and Adam Johnson. 

The Vegas Valley Book Festival After Dark brings together a trio of distinguished authors for a single evening of readings and conversations.

Katherine Boo is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a harrowing nonfiction account of the slums of Mumbai. She is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, and was the 2002 recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award.

Geoff Dyer is a novelist and essayist. His collection of essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His latest book, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, is a collection of nonfiction stories about travel and perception. 

Adam Johnson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novel, The Orphan Master’s Son. His latest collection of short stories, Fortune Smiles, won the National Book Award for Fiction.

The evening will be moderated by special guests Joshua Wolf Shenk, Geoff Schumacher, and Maile Chapman, and will feature performances by magician Jen Kramer.

This program has been funded in part by a grant from the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfire Initiative, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. It has been produced in collaboration with the Vegas Valley Book Festival, Nevada Humanities, and the Inspire Theater.

Admission is free and open to the public. The event will be hosted at The Inspire Theater (107 S. Las Vegas Blvd.).

 

Poetry After Dark
Oct
14
7:00 pm19:00

Poetry After Dark

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An evening of poetry, featuring legendary poet Joanne Kyger.

In celebration of the Vegas Valley Book Festival, please join us for an evening of readings with four distinguished poets. 

Joanne Kyger is the author of over twenty books of poetry and prose. About Now: Collected Poems was the winner of the 2008 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award for Poetry. She has taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Erica Vital-Lazare teaches creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada, where she is editor-in-chief of the Red Rock Review literary journal. Her poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous journals. She is currently writing a novel.

Claudia Keelan is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her column on poetic practice ran in American Poetry Review from 2011–2014. She is the Director of the Creative Writing Programs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is the editor of the literary journal Interim.

Hanna Andrews is the author of the collection Slope Move, and co-founder and editor of the feminist press Switchback Books. She formerly served as Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets and curator of the Dikeou Collection Literary Series in Denver. She is a PhD Fellow at Black Mountain Institute.

HEATHER SKYLER
Oct
13
7:00 pm19:00

HEATHER SKYLER

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A READING AND BOOK SIGNING WITH HEATHER SKYLER, AUTHOR OF VEGAS GIRLS

Set against desert heat, swimming pools, and casino lights, and told masterfully through five different points of view, Vegas Girls is about how we navigate the present while carrying the ghosts of our past; about growing up with one eye glued to the rearview mirror; and about what happens when the past you thought you left behind turns out to have been with you all along.

Heather Skyler, born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the author of The Perfect Age. She has written pieces for the New York Times, Newsweek, GOOD magazine, and other publications. She currently works as the editor for OC Family magazine and as a syndicated columnist for the OC Register. She lives in Long Beach, California.

CANCELLED: DIANE CAMERON
Oct
8
7:00 pm19:00

CANCELLED: DIANE CAMERON

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled due to travel complications relating to Hurricane Matthew. 

We hope to reschedule for a later date, and apologize for the inconvenience. 

The Bourbon Book Club
Oct
6
6:00 pm18:00

The Bourbon Book Club

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A book discussion paired with a whiskey.

In October, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss Adam Johnson’s novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013. A great literary adventure, the novel imagines the rise of Pak Jun Do, a professional kidnapper navigating the treacherous byways of closed-off North Korea—in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”

Adam Johnson will be appearing in-person on October 15th as part of the 2016 Vegas Valley Book Festival Festival “After Hours.” 

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

Copies of The Orphan Master’s Son can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop.

Local Author Showcase
Oct
1
5:00 pm17:00

Local Author Showcase

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This month: featuring works of fiction.

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

This month’s authors are RJ Stastny (Falling Forward and The Guestbook at Asilomar), Cassandra Jefferson (The Revival of Uncle Tom), Dave Wollert (When Marilyn Screwed Hitler in Beverly Hills to Save JFK), and Stephen Murray (The Chapel of Eternal Love). 

NEON LIT: SEPTEMBER
Sep
30
7:00 pm19:00

NEON LIT: SEPTEMBER

  • The Writer’s Block

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.

www.neonlit.org