The Vegas Valley Book Festival kicks off on Thursday, offering activities and entertainment for everyone through Nov. 3. Most of the events will take place in downtown Las Vegas, with other events taking place at the Clark County Library and galleries around town.
The largest annual literary event in Las Vegas, the book festival will bring together more literary and cultural programs than ever before. The festival will feature more than 150 authors and events, including panel discussions, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Most events are free and open to the public. The complete schedule is available online, along with maps to various sites and downtown parking. The program, published as a special supplement in the Oct. 24 Las Vegas Review-Journal, also is available for download on the festival’s website.
The festival begins Nov. 1, with a keynote address by author Charlaine Harris at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. On Nov. 2, the festival moves to the Arts District for the First Friday Poetry Stage, 6-9 p.m. at Boulder Plaza Park, 1047 S. Main St.
Saturday, the Comic Book Festival takes place at the Clark County Library, with remaining festival events at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., in downtown Las Vegas. At the school, highlights will include an extensive entertainment and activity schedule at the Children’s Book Festival.
Feasting on Wheels — an array of food trucks in the south plaza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — will offer special menu items inspired by literary lore. The KNPR Desert Companion Feasting on Wheels Lounge will help diners be more comfortable while providing “Poets on Pedestals” performing on the hour, as well as the At Your Service beer and wine tent. An array of vendors, a large selection of books, community organizations, calligraphy demonstrations, fine writing pens, author book signings, and much more will be available.
The Young Adult Pavilion of the festival will feature more than 40 young adult authors at the Historic Fifth Street School Nov. 3. The young adult program generated a local “School Visits Project,” with 20 visiting authors signed up to make school visits that will reach more than 6,000 students. The young adult program concludes on Saturday evening with the literary-themed Steampunk Ball and reading event in the chapel of Bunkers Mortuary at 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North.
Adults will enjoy a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan; a panel on brain health with nationally recognized author Dr. Gary Small; a true crime panel with Chris Baughman, Miles Corwin, Cathy Scott, Gregg Hurwitz and Cindi Reed; a workshop on book collecting; a conversation with acclaimed writers Dave Hickey, Katie Arnoldi and Maile Chapman; a workshop on self-publishing and e-books; and many other workshops, panels and exhibits that explore writing, editing, and the illustrated word. Everyone is invited to attend the evening Nevada Humanities Salon and reception from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Frank Wright Fountain Courtyard, followed by the festival closing event, Nevada Voices, at 6 p.m.
Five “Illustrated Word” art exhibits are showing in galleries and locations around the valley. See the details online.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is produced by the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute; American Institute of Graphic Artists, Las Vegas chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder. For more festival information, call (702) 229-5431 or go online to http://vegasvalleybookfestival.org/.