Nighttime Writers’ Group
Dec
28
to Dec 27

Nighttime Writers’ Group

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.

Upcoming dates: Wednesday, October 4th; Wednesday, October 18th; Wednesday, November 1st.

Due to street closures associated with the Life Is Beautiful music festival, the club will not be meeting Wednesday, September 20th.

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Coffee Writing Club
May
21
to May 20

Coffee Writing Club

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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, October 8th; Sunday, October 22nd.

Due to street closures associated with the Life Is Beautiful music festival, the club will not be meeting Sunday, September 24th.

 

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World Book Club
Sep
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

World Book Club

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 literary talents from around the world, discussing their books and the places they come from.

In September, World Book Club attendees will discuss Last Words from Montmartre, a novel by the acclaimed Taiwanese author Qiu Miaojin. Unfolding through a series of letters written by an unnamed narrator, it tells the story of a passionate relationship between two young women—their sexual awakening, their gradual breakup, and the devastating aftermath of their broken love. In a style that veers between extremes, Qiu’s genre-bending novel is at once a psychological thriller, a sublime romance, and the author’s own suicide note.

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

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Lynn Comella
Sep
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Genre Book Club
Oct
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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P Moss
Oct
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Elliot Parker and Kate Marshall
Oct
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Elliot Parker and Kate Marshall

A READING & SIGNING WITH ELLIOTT PARKER AND KATE MARSHALL, AUTHORS OF NEVADA’S GREAT RECESSION: LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD

Of all economic recessions experienced by the United States in the postwar period, the Great Recession that began in 2008 was the longest and most detrimental. Nevada was among the hardest-hit states, its citizens reeling from the Recession's aftereffects. The loss of casino and construction jobs increased Nevada’s unemployment rate to the highest in the country, with two-thirds of mortgages in Nevada exceeding the homes’ value and the state’s foreclosure rate ballooning to five times the national average. 

With Nevada’s Great Recession: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Parker and Marshall provide a statistical context for the Great Recession and the accompanying housing collapse, but also go further, addressing the wide range of underlying causes—from the Nevada budget shortfalls and failed state economic plans, to the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933 and the collapse of the mortgage-backed securities.

Elliott Parker is Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He is also a regular columnist for The Nevada Independent.

Kate Marshall (née Soltero) is the former State Treasurer of Nevada.  She was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.

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

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

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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Las Vegas Book Festival
Oct
21
10:00am10:00am

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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Scott Stabile
Oct
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

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

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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Robin Holabird
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Megan Edwards
Nov
7
5:30pm 5:30pm

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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Shortlist Book Club
Nov
14
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Chris Kraus
Nov
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

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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Bourbon Book Club
Nov
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Textual Orientation
Nov
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

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 it’s 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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Better Half Book Club
Nov
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

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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Olivia Clare
Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Olivia Clare

A READING AND SIGNING WITH OLIVIA CLARE, AUTHOR OF DISASTERS IN THE FIRST WORLD

Olivia Clare’s delightfully strange and tender debut collection traces the impact of larger-than-life forces on everyday people. From siblings whose relationship is as fragile as glass, to a woman grappling with both an emotional and physical drought, to a superstitious spouse fearful of misfortune, Disasters in the First World explores the real and the imagined, environmental and man-made calamities, and the human need to comprehend the unknown.

Olivia Clare is a fiction writer and poet. She was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has since lived in California, Iowa, New York, and Nevada. She currently lives in Texas. Her short story collection, Disasters in the First World, was published by Grove Atlantic/Black Cat in June 2017. Her novel from Grove Atlantic will follow. She is a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and winner of a 2014 O. Henry Prize for her first published story, “Pétur.” Her stories have appeared in GrantaSouthern Review, n+1, Catapult, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

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The Shortlist Book Club
Sep
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Shortlist Book Club

This season: the 1990 Man Booker Prize.

PLEASE NOTE: The date for this book club has changed. It will now be meeting on Tuesday, September 12th at 6pm.

Wednesday, April 24th at 6pm: Possession by A.S. Byatt
Tuesday, September 12th at 6pm: The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald

Each year, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded to a work of English-language fiction published in the UK. In 1990, the Prize was given to A.S. Byatt’s novel Possession. An era-defining postmodern novel, Possession incorporates diary entries, letters, poetry, and narrative prose to unfold the story of two modern-day academics researching a romance between Victorian poets. 

That same year, Penelope Fitzgerald, a previous Booker Prize winner for Offshore in 1979, was shortlisted for her historical novel, The Gate of Angels. It tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Cambridge physicist, at the cusp of World War I—and on the edge of modern physics. 

Both novels are romances; both are “novels of ideas.” Yet each is deployed in a stylistically distinct manner. And only one was awarded the 1990 Man Booker.

Join us on Wednesday, May 24th for a discussion of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, and on Wednesday, August 2nd when we discuss and compare Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Gate of Angels.

Attendees are expected to have read each novel in advance of its respective book club discussion. Paperback copies of both novels are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

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EXPO
Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

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 Battisti, Jamel Brinkley, Teri Emory, Harry Fagel, and Jorge Lara. 

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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Bourbon Book Club
Sep
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bourbon Book Club

A BOOK DISCUSSION PAIRED WITH WHISKEY

In September, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss the The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing. Lessing, who was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, wrote this novel 1962. It tells the story of Anna, a successful writer attempting to weave together the contents of four notebooks—each documenting a different strand of her inner life—into a single, unifying notebook: the golden notebook. Frequently cited as a landmark feminist and anti-war text, it is Lessing’s best-known and most-loved book. 

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

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Better Half Book Club
Aug
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

Better Half Book Club

A BOOK CLUB FEATURING LITERATURE BY WOMEN

Join us for the Better Half Book Club, where we’ll discuss Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel, Passing.

Irene Redfield is a multiracial woman living in Harlem, where she serves as a community advocate on the committee for the Negro Welfare League. After receiving a letter from her childhood friend Clare Kendry, she learns that Clare (who, like Irene, is light-skinned) has been “passing” as white, and is hiding her African American heritage from her wealthy husband. As Clare repeatedly and dangerously attempts to enter into Irene’s life, the two become entangled—with tragic consequences.

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

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Local Author Showcase
Aug
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

Local Author Showcase

AN OPEN-HOUSE EVENT WITH VEGAS-BASED AUTHORS

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

This quarter’s authors are Sandra Azofeifa, Beverlee Cannon, Selena “Poet U.B.” Garcia, Kerri Gardner, Alan Geik, Ottavio Gemundo, Basil Schlegel, Karmen Smith, and Alice Woodard. 

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H.G. McKinnis
Aug
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

H.G. McKinnis

BOOK LAUNCH, READING, AND SIGNING WITH H.G. McKINNIS, AUTHOR OF A JUSTIFIED BITCH

It takes a guilty bastard to make a justified bitch.

When a severed finger shows up on her doorstep in a seedy section of Las Vegas, Helen Taylor does not freak out. She’s already crazy, as evidenced by her junk-stuffed house and its ever-growing population of cats. There’s also Bobby, her long-dead husband. Helen talks to him regularly, and Bobby talks back. The finger and the brutal murder it reveals are more than a hoarding cat lady with a phantom husband can ignore. Helen’s a suspect, and she ends up in jail. Summoned by the detective on the case, Helen’s sister Pat arrives from Phoenix with two teen-age boys in tow. While Helen is AWOL from a mental facility, another gruesome murder is discovered. Pat, the boys, and the detective struggle to separate fact from insanity, but it takes power beyond the ordinary to bring the truth to light.

A life-long resident of Las Vegas and alumna of the University of Nevada, H.G. McKinnis knows her city as only a local can. By night, she fluffs feathers and attaches rhinestones to the exotic wardrobes of the most glamorous venues on the strip, by day McKinnis writes about the often hardscrabble lives of her fellow desert denizens and the unlikely city they inhabit. A Justified Bitch, a twisted tale of insanity, murder, and redemption, is her first novel.

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World Book Club
Jul
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

World Book Club

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 July, World Book Club attendees will be discussing Mexican author Yuri Herrera’s novel Signs Preceding the End of the World. Widely considered one of the greatest contemporary Mexican novels, this book follows Makina, a young woman who must risk crossing the Mexican-American border to bring a letter to her brother. 

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

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BOOK KO
Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

BOOK KO

THE RETURN OF THE 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 competitors 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 teams of 2–4; single entrants will be assigned a team when they arrive. Eliminated contestants are still eligible for wildcard prizes.

RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary.

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EXPO
Jul
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

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 Ash DelGrego, Calvin Gimpelevich, Tonya Todd, Harrison White, and T.R. Witcher.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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Genre Book Club
Jul
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Genre Book Club

This month: Dystopian

The Genre Book Club meets every other month to discuss a novel from one of any number of literary genres. In July, the Club will discuss Margaret Atwood’s seminal dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

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

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

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Paul Koudounaris Presents: Patriotic Cats
Jun
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

Paul Koudounaris Presents: Patriotic Cats

Join photographer and author Paul Koudounaris for a lecture on the history of the American feline.

Celebrate the amazing history of American cats. From the colonization through frontier days, cats were a part of the American landscape, not just living through history but helping to create it. Learn about cats in the Wild West and cats on the old railroads! Hear the thrilling story of the world’s first flying cat, hooked up to a self-propelled balloon constructed by a maniac in rural Pennsylvania who was determined to chase all sparrows north to Canada! Hear the poignant tale of Clementine Jones, who walked from New York to Colorado to find her family! Learn about Pooli, America’s most decorated military cat! And Captain Midnight, an all-black cat from Dallas who became involved in a plot to stop Adolph Hitler! These and more, as we celebrate the greatness of the American cat!

Paul Koudounaris received his doctorate from the art history department at UCLA. His books include The Empire of Death, Heavenly Bodies, and Memento Mori. He is a member of The Order of the Good Death, and organization founded by mortician and author Caitlin Doughty. www.empiredelamort.com

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Better Half Book Club
Jun
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Better Half Book Club

A book club featuring literature by women

Please join us for the inaugural meeting of the Better Half Book Club, where we’ll discuss Fay Weldon’s novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

Ruth is an unattractive housewife trapped in an inert marriage to her husband, Bobbo. When Bobbo leaves Ruth for another woman—a glamorous and wealthy romance writer named Mary Fisher—Ruth enacts a scheme of vengeance. Her obsessive jealousy is captured in Weldon’s delightfully stylized and highly tempered prose. 

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 The Life and Loves of a She-Devil can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

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Local Author Showcase
Jun
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

Local Author Showcase

THIS MONTH: FEATURING FICTION

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

This quarter’s authors are CC Carlson, Susan Johnson, John W. Nelson, Kristin Bone, Sandra Scheller, Yetta Yvette Pratt, Cynthia DeBoer, Anastasia Duchese, and Alexsis Neuman. 

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The Mojave School
Jun
23
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Mojave School

A reading with the students of the Mojave School, featuring Claire Vaye Watkins, Derek Palacio, and Rebecca Fortes

The Mojave School is a free creative writing workshop for rural Nevada students ages 14–18. For one week on alternating summers, the students read stories and poems, write their own pieces, network with other writers, and celebrate their work with a finale reading.

Join us for a reading featuring this summer’s students, with guest readers and Mojave School organizers Claire Vaye Watkins, Derek Palacio, and Rebecca Fortes.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP or tickets are required.

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The Bourbon Book Club
Jun
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Bourbon Book Club

A BOOK DISCUSSION PAIRED WITH WHISKEY

In June, Bourbon Book Club attendees will discuss the The North Water by Ian McGuire. Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the novel follows a nineteenth-century whaling ship with a killer aboard. With the the savage, unstoppable momentum of a thriller and dark, literary wit, it weaves a story of humanity under the most extreme conditions.

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

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ELIZA SO FELLOWSHIP READING
Jun
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

ELIZA SO FELLOWSHIP READING

Submittable and Writer’s Block present a reading by inaugural Eliza So Fellow Melissa R. Sipin with Brittany Bronson.

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA and Submittable’s inaugural Eliza So Fellow. She won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on Philippine myths, and her work is published/forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Guernica Magazine, PEN/Guernica Flash Series, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Eleven Eleven Magazine, and Amazon’s literary journal Day One, among others. She is a cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine and her fiction has won scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Conference, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Brittany Bronson is an English instructor and cocktail server in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, where she writes about the service industry and low-wage labor. Her fiction has appeared in Paper Darts, Cosmonauts Avenue, and is forthcoming with Juked. In 2016, she was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship in Creative Non Fiction by the Nevada Arts Council.

www.submittable.com

www.msipin.com

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EXPO
Jun
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

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 Chasen Brown, Aimee Groth, Craig Miller, James Norman, and Thomas Wong.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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XCUT/PASTE/(C)OPY
May
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

XCUT/PASTE/(C)OPY

An interactive reading and workshop with Burn Black Zine Distro & Tenderspeck, with special guest Ashley Ferro.


In the Spring of 2010, Burn Black founder, Rory “Bee” Britt's close friend, Melissa Lynn Williams passed away suddenly at the age of 23. Melissa, a self-proclaimed healer and visual artist captured people’s hearts and minds by allowing their trauma to be released in her presence. Burn Black was then created in her spirit as a space not only for her artwork to live on but her memory as well.

Each issue contained a collection of raw and powerful stories from people all over the world on how they turned trauma or tragedies into personal triumphs or life lessons. Part personal essays connecting people, part fanzine, part pop-culture outlet, Burn Black became unique publishing endeavor—“a zine with a heart.”

Burn Black #6 The Love Issue will focus on interviews with podcasters, essays on love, and as always the same great columns—including ‘Let it Bee’ by its awesome founder!

Join Burn Black and the Las Vegas Zine Library for an evening of shared stories and workshopping. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a journal, and some of their own work. 

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The Shortlist Book Club
May
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

The Shortlist Book Club

This season: the 1990 Man Booker Prize.

Wednesday, April 24th at 6pm: Possession by A.S. Byatt
Wednesday, August 2nd at 6pm: The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald

Each year, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is awarded to a work of English-language fiction published in the UK. In 1990, the Prize was given to A.S. Byatt’s novel Possession. An era-defining postmodern novel, Possession incorporates diary entries, letters, poetry, and narrative prose to unfold the story of two modern-day academics researching a romance between Victorian poets. 

That same year, Penelope Fitzgerald, a previous Booker Prize winner for Offshore in 1979, was shortlisted for her historical novel, The Gate of Angels. It tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Cambridge physicist, at the cusp of World War I—and on the edge of modern physics. 

Both novels are romances; both are “novels of ideas.” Yet each is deployed in a stylistically distinct manner. And only one was awarded the 1990 Man Booker.

Join us on Wednesday, May 24th for a discussion of A.S. Byatt’s Possession, and on Wednesday, August 2nd when we discuss and compare Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Gate of Angels.

Attendees are expected to have read each novel in advance of its respective book club discussion. Paperback copies of both novels are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.

 

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David Lehman
May
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

David Lehman

The Poets of National Stature Reading Series presents a reading and signing with David Lehman.

David Lehman is one of America’s leading poets, using humor and everyday language to illuminate the intricacies of life and language. He is also a leading critic, anthologist, and editor, who inaugurated the Best American Poetry series in 1988. 

His books include the poetry collection Yeshiva Boys, the essay collection A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, and most recently Poems in the Manner Of…, an innovative collection of literary criticism in the form of poems. 

Lehman will be appearing the next evening at the Congregation Ner Tamid, Beit Tefillah for a lecture and discussion on Dylan, the Nobel, & the Jewish American Songbook.

This event is produced by the office of the Clark County Poet Laureate and Poetry Promises Inc.. It has received the support and sponsorship of Clark County, Nevada, NV Energy, Advent Home Health, Jewish University, Nevada State College, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Nevada Humanities.

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World Book Club
May
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

World Book Club

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.

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Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace
May
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace

A reading celebrating the publication of Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women

Witness off-duty Elvis, Miss Atomic at home, and words as trapeze artists. Explore ghosts in the ecotone, hasty breakups, and why reproduction has so many o’s. Discover the saltshaker that’s buried in the microwave, a sci-fi spacesuit’s metallic silver, and that desert bone.

Edited and introduced by Heather Lang, this anthology features remarkable literature by some of today's most talented Nevada writers. Contributors include Jennifer Battisti, Gayle Brandeis, Angela M. Brommel, Brittany Bronson, Christine Cutler, Megan Duffy, Arika Elizenberry, Lana Hanson, Courtney Harler, Tee Iseminger, Cassandra Keenan, Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Andy Kenyon, Christy Leskovar, Chalese Potts, Charlene Stegman Moskal, Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña, C. Moon Reed, Joan Robinson, Vogue M. Robinson, Tomi Simmons, Angela Spires, Arlene Stuart, Ingrid Taylor, Ashley “Ms.AyeVee” Vargas, Erica Vital-Lazare, Laura Wetherington, Gabrielle Faith Williams, and Emilee Wirshing.

All contributors are Nevada women writers who give back to their literary communities in a multitude of ways: as teachers, librarians, workshop coordinators, poetry open mic hosts, and more.

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.

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EXPO
May
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

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 feature readings from Gregory A. Kompes, Michael Lasher, H.G. McKinnis, Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña, and Thom Reese. 

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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Laura McBride
May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Laura McBride

A reading and book signing to celebrate the launch of Laura McBride’s new novel, ’Round Midnight.

Spanning the six decades when Las Vegas grew from a dusty gambling town into the melting-pot metropolis it is today, ’Round Midnight is the story of four women—one who falls in love, one who gets lucky, one whose heart is broken, and one who chooses happiness—whose lives change at the Midnight Room, a classic casino nightclub. Like McBride’s stunning 2014 debut, We Are Called to Rise’Round Midnight uses Las Vegas as a canvas to explore the social transformation of our nation, and the roles that chance and individual choice play in the lives of ordinary people. 

Laura McBride lives in Las Vegas and teaches composition at the College of Southern Nevada. A Yale graduate and Yaddo fellow, she is previously the author of the novel We Are Called to Rise, which was a #1 Indie Next pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection in 2014. 

Book preorders for this event have closed. However, The Writer’s Block will be carrying plenty of copies for walk-in purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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DANA GREEN
Apr
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

DANA GREEN

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/

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Genre Book Club
Apr
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Genre Book Club

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.

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

THE AMERICAN DREAM: ON TRIAL

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

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