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.

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/

Laura McBride
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Laura McBride

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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. 

For the launch of ’Round Midnight, The Writer’s Block is accepting preorders on signed copies of the book. Preorders are not required, but are recommended if you’re planning to purchase multiple copies. 

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Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace
May
13
5:00 pm17:00

Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace

  • The Writer’s Block

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.

World Book Club
May
16
6:00 pm18:00

World Book Club

  • The Writer’s Block

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.

David Lehman
May
20
7:00 pm19:00

David Lehman

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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.

The Shortlist Book Club
May
24
6:00 pm18:00

The Shortlist Book Club

  • The Writer’s Block

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.

 

The Bourbon Book Club
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

The Bourbon Book Club

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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. 

The Shortlist Book Club
Aug
2
6:00 pm18:00

The Shortlist Book Club

  • The Writer’s Block

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.

H.G. McKinnis
Aug
8
7:00 pm19:00

H.G. McKinnis

  • The Writer’s Block

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.

Megan Edwards
Nov
7
7:00 pm19:00

Megan Edwards

  • The Writer’s Block

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.


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

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.

Note: Entry to Red Rock is free for registered attendees of this program. The Amphitheatre adjoins the visitors' area, where there is ample free parking. A book-signing featuring festival presenters will precede the event. For directions to Red Rock, point your GPS to the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center.

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

 

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

 

EXPO
Apr
14
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 Geoff Carter, James Collins, Megan Edwards, Sarah Haak, and Steven Hoefer.

This is a free event. No RSVP is necessary. 

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. 

EXISTENTIALIST COOKBOOK: A POETRY & ART PAIRING
Apr
8
5:30 pm17:30

EXISTENTIALIST COOKBOOK: A POETRY & ART PAIRING

  • The Writer’s Block

An Evening of Poetry Readings paired with Live Art from Artists.

Please join host Heather Lang for a poetry reading paired with live work from artists. With special guest Shawnte Orion, author of The Existentialist Cookbook.

Poets include Jennifer Battisti, Ash DelGrego, Megan Duffy, and Charlene S. Moskal. With artists Cassandra Keenan and Logan Riley.

Doors open at 5:00pm, with light refreshments and a candy buffet. This event is free and open to the public.

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

AN EVENING OF HEMINGWAY WITH MARK CIRINO

  • The Writer’s Block

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 Gilbert Brown is the author of three scholarly books, each of which has met with critical acclaim. Words in the Wilderness, which narrates his experience teaching on an Athabasca reservation in Alaska, won the prestigious W. Ross Winterowd Award, and was based on his award-winning dissertation. His ground-breaking work of literary criticism on Proust, The Gardens of Desire: Marcel Proust and The Fugitive Sublime, in which he develops a post-Freudian/Grammatological reading, drew accolades from the Times Literary Supplement (London). His most recent book, Socrates and Freire: Ancient Rhetoric/Radical Praxis, was called a “tour de force” by the Victor Villenueva. He has published numerous articles on Proust, Hemingway, and Rhetoric/Composition in prestigious journals including “The Father of the Forest: Identity Formation and Hemingway’s Naturalist Calling.”. It and “The Forest of Four Wounds: Hemingway and the Sawyer’s Daughter” comprise two chapters of his book, Hemingway: In the Garden of The Uncanny, which selectively looks at the relationship between trauma and the creative urge in Hemingway’s life and art (in progress).

www.hiddenhemingway.com

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.

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. 

 

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

Local Author Showcase
Mar
25
5:00 pm17:00

Local Author Showcase

  • The Writer’s Block

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

  • The Writer’s Block

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

  • The Writer’s Block

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

  • The Writer’s Block

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

  • The Writer's Block

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.