Sunday, September 25, 2011

FREE Las Vegas Event for Book Lovers!

The Vegas Valley Book Festival will be held in downtown Las Vegas from November 3rd – 6th this year.  Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, there will be 100 writers/authors attending, many of them from the Nevada region.  The keynote speakers will be Max Brooks, author ofThe Zombie Survival Guide and Jane Smiley, author of A Thousand Acres.
Max Brooks kicks things off Thursday, November 3rd, at the Clark Country Library Main Theatre.
Friday events focus on poetry with poet Martin Espada.
Saturday marks the beginning of the Children’s and Young Adult Book Festivals, and also offers workshops on everything from short fiction to sci-fi/fantasy writing.  There is something for everyone!
Sunday’s focus is food!  So this is a perfect day for all of us foodies to attend and enjoy great food!
It is the 6th anniversary of the Children’s Book Festival, which will be held at the historic Fifth Street School on November 5th and will feature award-winning authors/illustrators, such as Loren Long who illustrated Of Thee I Sing: a letter to my daughters by Barack Obama and Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama, Llama series.  There will be arts and crafts, live theatre, storytelling, book signings, book sales, and much more!
I’m thrilled to announce that for the first time, the festival will feature a Young Adult day!  Also on November 5th at the Fifth Street School, the well-known, award-winning authors will be hosted at the YA Festival Plaza (under the Big Top Festival Tent) at 10 a.m. and continue in the auditorium for the Paranormal Ball (the ONLY part of the festival that is not free – $10 tickets to attend).
10:15 a.m.
Authors for teen fantasy and paranormal fiction will read excerpts from their work.  James Dashner of the Maze Runner triology (my husband LOVES his books and I can’t wait to get my hands on them to read now, too!), Becca Fitzpatrick of the Hush, Hush trilogy (I’ve read the first and I know one of my student’s is reading the series right now), Rachel Caine of the Morganville Vampire series, and many more will be in attendance!
11:25 a.m.
Authors of contemporary teen fiction (I LOVE Jay Asher and his book 13 Reasons Why) will discuss their novels and how important realistic teen fiction is for young adults.  Other authors:  Liz Gallagher, Stephanie Perkins, Emily Wing Smith, and Lisa Schroeder.
Authors will discuss how the lines of fiction and fantasy can be blurred to create stories that still resonate with teens and reflect real issues, but give them something fantastical and imaginative to read. Authors include:  Jay Asher, Heather Davis, Cat Patrick, and more!
The Comic Book Festival will be held on Saturday, November 4th, at the Clark County Library on East Flamingo Road.  There will be an “Artist Alley”, special guests, panel discussions, film viewings, and much more.
As I’ve already said, there is something for everyone at this festival.  Please, come out and support the arts, literacy, and just enjoy yourself.  It’s free!  (I LOVE free stuff.)

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