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.

NEON LIT: MARCH
Mar
31
7:00 pm19:00

NEON LIT: MARCH

  • 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

After Hours Poetry Hour
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

After Hours Poetry Hour

An Evening of Poetry with Hanna Andrews, Christine Bettis, Marty Cain, Mark Cirino, Vi Khi Nao and Michael Martin Shea

Hanna Andrews is a native New Yorker, co-founder of Switchback Books, and the author of Slope Move (Coconut Books, 2013). She is currently finishing a second book of poems. Her work can be found in journals including Interim, Everyday Genius, Caketrain, CutBank, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada where she is a doctoral candidate and Black Mountain Institute Fellow in Poetry.

Christine Bettis's chapbook Burnout Paradise, was published by Horse Less Press in 2016. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. Her work has been published in Action Yes, Prelude, Storm Cellar, Public Pool, and Helen. She was a finalist for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize. She is from Detroit and will graduate this semester from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas MFA program. In fact she is defending her thesis tomorrow, April 5th, yikes.

Marty Cain is the author of Kids of the Black Hole (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017). His work has appeared or will appear in Fence, Action Yes, Jacket2, Gigantic Sequins, The Pinch, and Tarpaulin Sky. He received an MFA from the University of Mississippi and presently lives in Ithaca, New York, where he is pursuing a PhD in English Language and Literature at Cornell University. With the poet Kina Viola, he runs Garden-Door Press.

Mark Cirino received his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY. He is the co-editor of Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and is the author of Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press’s ‘Reading Hemingway’ series, for which he wrote the 2016 volume on Across the River and into the Trees.

Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. Vi’s work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and is a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Her novel, Fish In Exile, was published in 2016 by Coffee House Press. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.

Michael Martin Shea is the author of the chapbooks "Soon" (Garden-Door Press) and The Immanent Field (Essay Press), and the managing editor of the Best American Experimental Writing anthology series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, Fence, jubilat, PEN Poetry Series, Pleiades, Realpoetik, and elsewhere. He teaches world history here in Las Vegas. 

 

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.

AN EVENING OF HEMINGWAY WITH MARK CIRINO
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

AN EVENING OF HEMINGWAY WITH MARK CIRINO

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A reading and conversation with Mark Cirino, Author of Hidden Hemingway, with Stephen G. Brown.

Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park is part time capsule, part biography of the Nobel Prize-winning author. This hardcover coffee table book features never-before-seen items such as family photos, teenage diaries, bullfighting tickets, love letters — even a dental x-ray. Hidden Hemingway is a chance for a new generation to discover a literary genius and for fans to see him as more than just the larger-than-life myth he created for himself. 

Mark Cirino received his PhD at the Graduate Center-CUNY. He is the co-editor of Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and is the author of Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. He serves as the General Editor for Kent State University Press’s ‘Reading Hemingway’ series, for which he wrote the 2016 volume on Across the River and into the Trees.

Stephen G. Brown is a professor in the Department of English at UNLV and is the author of three books: Words in the Wilderness, W. Ross Winterowd Award Winner: Gardens of Desire: Marcel Proust and The Fugitive Sublime and Socrates and Freire.

www.hiddenhemingway.com

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. 

AMERICAN DREAMS: A FESTIVAL
Apr
21
Apr 22

AMERICAN DREAMS: A FESTIVAL

  • Various Locations

THIS SPRING, THE BEVERLY ROGERS, CAROL C. HARTER BLACK MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS & THE BELIEVER MAGAZINE BRING A NEW KIND OF LITERARY FESTIVAL TO LAS VEGAS

A two-day festival held across four venues, American Dreams kicks off Friday eve at the Red Rock National Conservation Area and continues Saturday in downtown Las Vegas. All events are free and open to the public, but require reservations.

Why “American Dreams?” Because some clichés are like disco balls—point a light at them, and they give off a bright and multifarious light. The American Dream is that kind of cliché, and it has special hold on Las Vegas, Nevada, the quintessential American city. We made the phrase plural because multiplicity and complexity is at the heart of the idea. And we invited some of our favorite people to come dwell in the idea and explore it with us.

Find details about this event, and to reserve free tickets, visit the festival site here: festival.blackmountaininstitute.org

 

PRAYERS FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM
Apr
21
6:00 pm18:00

PRAYERS FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM

  • The Amphitheatre at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

FEATURING HOSSEIN ABKENAR, ANGELO SANTINO LIGORI, HEIDI JULAVITS, SALLY WEN MAO, LAURA MCBRIDE, DONALD REVELL, LUIS ALBERTO URREA AND ERICA VITAL-LAZARE

In the face of open desert—the place of visionaries and wanderers and sagebrush lizards and red-spotted toads—an all-star cast of literary writers offers paeans, challenges, pleas &  demands to the great unknown re: the promise and peril of American life. This program is outdoors; it will end before dusk but dress warmly for the cool desert air.

Find details about this event, and to reserve free tickets, visit the festival site here: festival.blackmountaininstitute.org

 

THE AMERICAN DREAM: ON TRIAL
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

THE AMERICAN DREAM: ON TRIAL

  • The Mob Museum

FEATURING DAYVID FIGLER, DAN HAMILTON, SALLY WEN MAO, BEN MARCUS, ZZ PACKER, ED PARK, DAVID J. MORRIS, NICHOLAS RUSSELL, TIMEA SIPOS AND LUIS ALBERTO URREA

In what field of work, study, aspiration or creative practice is the American dream most alive? In the historic courtroom at the Mob Museum, a team of literary all-stars present their amicus briefs to the court of literary opinion.

Find details about this event, and to reserve free tickets, visit the festival site here: festival.blackmountaininstitute.org

Genre Book Club
Apr
27
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 April, the Club will discuss Octavia Butler’s sci-fi/literary-hybrid Kindred.

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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

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

DANA GREEN
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

DANA GREEN

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A reading and conversation with Dana Green, Author of Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing

Dana Green’s debut collection of stories, Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, explores how storytelling changes with each iteration, each explosion, each mutation. Told through multiple versions, these are stories of weapons testing, sheep that can herd themselves into watercolors, and a pregnant woman whose water breaks every day for nine months — stories told with an unexpected syntax and a sense of déjà vu: narrative as echo.

Dana Green is the co-winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Denver. She lives and writes somewhere outside of Denver with her husband and cat.

www.tarpaulinsky.com/dana-green/

World Book Club
May
16
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 May, World Book Club attendees will be discussing French author Maylis de Kerangal’s novel The Heart. Set in the 24 hours following a fatal car accident, this gorgeously written novel explores themes of death, identity, and the power of decisions, as they relate to the book's central event: the transplant of a heart. 

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


Local Author Showcase
Mar
25
5:00 pm17:00

Local Author Showcase

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THIS MONTH: FEATURING SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & 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 Paul Hughen (The Lucky Son), Victoria Kaer (Merlin’s Chosen: Rise of the Wyvern), Wendi Kelly and Deborah Dorchak (Bonds of Blood and Spirit: Loyalties), Andy Martello (The King of Casinos), and Linda Masanimptewa (True Ghost Experiences and The Other Unexplained). 

Neon Nonfiction
Mar
17
7:00 pm19:00

Neon Nonfiction

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A reading and discussion about capturing Las Vegas in essays and journalism

Join us for a discussion with three Vegas-based writers about the challenges and idiosyncrasies of writing essays and journalism about the neon city. Each of the authors has covered Vegas for local, national, and international publications—and will explore how perception of the city is varied among those readerships.

Cindi Moon Reed is a seasoned Vegas writer and journalist. From trolling red carpets for celebrity gossip to in-depth feature stories and slightly self-indulgent personal essays, Reed has explored the kitschy yet endearing pioneer spirit of the Silver State. She’s now a staff writer for the Las Vegas Weekly.

Dan Hernandez is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in The GuardianViceThe New York Times and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the managing editor of Witness magazine.

Brittany Bronson is an english instructor, cocktail server, and Contributing Op-Ed Writer for The New York Times. Her essays center on working women, the service industry, and Nevada's working-class. She was named a 2016-2017 Literary Fellow in Creative Nonfiction by the Nevada Arts Council. 

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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.

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 installment of EXPO will feature readings from Dayvid Figler, Kayla Miller, P Moss, Amanda Skenandore, and Mercedes M. Yardley.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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. 

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.

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

  • The Writer's Block

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

  • 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

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.).