Media Release


Monday, August 25, 2014
For Immediate Release

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993


2014 Vegas Valley Book Festival Oct. 16-18 Highlights
13th Annual Festival Is Nevada’s Largest Literary Event


The 13th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, to be held Oct. 16-18 in downtown Las Vegas and the Clark County Library at 1401 E. Flamingo Road, will bring together a wide variety of literary genres and cultural programs, with most events taking place at the Historic Fifth Street School at 401 S. Fourth St. The festival is expected to feature more than 165 authors and 100 events, including panel discussions, keynote speakers, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Events are free and open to the public. On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, the book festival will offer special entertainment, authors and activities for children, and a plethora of authors popular with adults and young adults. The festival site will host five stages with readings, entertainment and poetry; a food court with a variety of local food trucks; art and vendor exhibits; interactive writing projects; and many other special programs. See the festival and parking map.

An Evening with B.J. Novak
Thursday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
B.J. Novak, actor, writer, director and executive producer, best known for his work with NBC’s “The Office,” will open the festival with a keynote address. Novak performed in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.” His books, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and The Book With No Pictures, will be available for purchase and book signing will follow the talk. For more information on Novak, visit

Sylvia Day in Conversation with Tracy Wolff
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.
Historic 5th Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St.
Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling romance novelist, and her friend and fellow romance author, Tracy Wolff, will discuss Day’s books, her writing process and how she got started in the industry. Following the discussion, Day and Wolff will take questions from the audience. Both authors will be signing their books, which will be available for purchase on site from Barnes & Noble or attendees may bring their own. For more information on Day, visit

Aimee Bender
presented by The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute
Saturday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m.
Historic 5th Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-3515.
Aimee Bender has been described as one of America’s most imaginative literary writers. The Los Angeles Times characterized her work as “black-lit brazen and unapologetically wackadoodle, sidesplitting and buck wild.” Her novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” became a nationwide best seller. Her most recent story collection, “The Color Master,” was a New York Times Notable Book in 2013. For more information on Bender, visit

Nevada’s Waddie Mitchell
Saturday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-3515.
Nevada Humanities continues the Sesquicentennial celebration featuring Nevada’s internationally known storyteller and poet Waddie Mitchell, followed by a conversation with the audience, moderated by Nevada Humanities Executive Director Christina Barr. Mitchell is master of the art of spinning tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry.

Especially for Children!
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Historic 5th Street School Auditorium, 401 S. Fourth St.
The children’s literature program will include SteveSongs, also known as Mr. Steve, the co-host of the PBS KIDS preschool destination (performances made possible through support from PBS and Vegas PBS); Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, the King of Kid Hop; and Comedy Magician Mac King with his Magical Literacy Tour. See the entertainment schedule.

Largest Free Gathering of Young-Adult Authors in the Country!
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two tents at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-3515.
Since its inception, the young-adult (YA) portion of the festival has been popular and it continues to expand. For 2014, more than 100 authors on 10 YA panels will discuss their writings. The 2014 YA expansion includes two panels of middle-grade and YA authors whose works are aimed at “tweens” and younger teens, and the inclusion of two panels for older teens with best-selling new adult authors. Additionally, as part of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, a YA panel featuring authors from around the Silver State will be presented.

A Literary Fusion: From Essays to Horror
Something for Every Reader!
Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., 702-229-3515.
Adult readers will find an array of offerings, including new and exciting genre panels. Bram Stocker Award-winning author Rena Mason in conversation with some of the biggest names in Horror; a discussion with contributors to the 2014 Vegas Writes Project, “Lost and Found in Las Vegas: What the City Hides and What It Reveals”; a debate on media in the digital age; and best-selling, literary award-winning, and local authors of biographies, romance, book club and literary fiction, mysteries, and essays will fill two stages. Panels and workshops on ancestry, publishing options, editing, and publicity will round out the festival.

Illustrators 56 Reception
Friday, Oct. 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
The Studio @ Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.
Oct. 3–31, exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Illustrators 56 is an annual travel show provided by the Society of Illustrators featuring 58 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout the year, by the most cutting edge and popular illustrators in the world. A jury of professional illustrators and art directors determines which pieces from thousands submitted will be displayed. Works on display have appeared in adult and children's books, magazine and newspapers, CD and album cover art, advertisements for major corporations and theater posters. Featured artists include Scott Bakal, Kali Ciesemier, Eleanor Davis, Tatsuro Kiuchi, Victo Ngai, Sam Weber and more. Co-sponsored by Mark Fine, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation.

 A slate of special projects will offer local authors and readers additional opportunities to participate:

  • The SPARK! Poetry Writing and Recitation Competition for local high school youth will take place in the Historic 5th Street School courtyard 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Las Vegas Writes Project, publishing an anthology of short stories and essays – by local authors, in collaboration with Huntington Press;
  • The Crystal Bookmark Awards – recognizing an individual and an organization for literary excellence and advocacy. Nominations are open through Sept. 24 at; and
  • The Illustrated Word art exhibitions, coordinated with four local galleries.

More details on each project will be available at as details are finalized. Sign up on the website for emails to keep you informed.

The festival is a large community event and volunteers are needed to assist in many areas. If you would like to consider participating as a volunteer, please fill out the online volunteer form at

Hotel room reservation blocks are available for festival goers at three Las Vegas hotels – Golden Nugget, Plaza Hotel & Casino and Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) – through mid-September or until sold out. Visit the book festival website for more information on accessing the room blocks.

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is the largest literary event in Las Vegas. Now in its 13th year, the festival is free and open to the public, thanks to support from the producing partners:  the city of Las Vegas; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV; the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design; Las Vegas Review-Journal; Nevada Humanities; and Barnes & Noble. For more information, visit or call 702-229-3515.


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