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Media Release


Tuesday, August 28, 2012
For Immediate Release

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993


Vegas Valley Book Festival Announces Pre-Festival And Signature Events
Community Supporters Sponsor Literary Events Leading Up To Nov. 1-3 Festival


The Vegas Valley Book Festival will feature several pre-festival and signature events leading up to the festival Nov. 1-3. The following are the remaining events that begin before Nov. 1:

Nominations Open For Crystal Bookmark Award
Through Sept. 21. Free and open to the public.
This annual awards project honors a local individual and an organization for advancing the cause of literature in the Las Vegas Valley. Nominations from the public are requested and can be submitted online at or call (702) 229-5431 for a nomination form. The deadline for submittal is 5 p.m. Sept. 21. The two awards will be presented at the festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, p.m. in the auditorium of the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Wish I Was There!…in Las Vegas, of course.
Through Nov. 3, 2012
Free and open to the public. For more information, call (702) 229-5431.
An international postcard project and exhibition, this event calls on anyone on the planet who has ever visited Las Vegas, or would like to visit, to send a postcard with a picture (photograph or hand drawn) of where you are, including a short message or greeting on the back of the card.  All postcards will be on display at the book festival, in the gallery of the Historic Fifth Street School. All cards must be mailed (no Internet cards), not larger than 5” x 7,” and they must be suitable for general audiences. Selected cards will be featured, including the five cards sent from the greatest distance from Las Vegas. Mail cards to: Wish I Was There!, Vegas Valley Book Festival/RTZvegas Arts,  2550 E. Desert Inn Road, Suite 500, Las Vegas, NV  USA 89121-3611. Deadline to receive cards is Oct. 25.

“Spark!” Poetry Contest (grades 9-12)
Submit entries through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. No cost to enter.
Clark County high school students are invited to enter the free “Spark!” poetry contest. Winners will receive a cash prize of $100, $200 or $300. Eligible students in grades 9-12 will be judged both on their poems and on their recitation. Finalists will recite their poems at the book festival Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Poetry Fountain Courtyard at the Historic Fifth Street School, followed by the award presentations. Guidelines can be downloaded from the book festival website at, or picked up at the Nevada Arts Council office at 2755 E. Desert Inn Road, Suite 155. For more information, call (702) 486-3738.

An Evening with Cheryl Strayed
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 to 9 p.m.
Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
Join the conversation with bestselling author and essayist Cheryl Strayed, whose runaway hit, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” sits atop the New York Times Bestseller list and inspired Oprah Winfrey to restart her book club and Reese Witherspoon to option the film rights. The conversation will be moderated by local author Maile Chapman, whose novel, “Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto,” was a finalist for the PEN Center USA literary fiction award. A book sale/signing and reception will follow.  For more information, call (702) 507-3459.

“Readings in the Pumpkin Patch” (all ages)
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free for the first 300 cars; $3 per car for additional vehicles.
Gilcrease Orchard, 7800 Tenaya Way. For more information, call (702) 229-5431.
A celebration of books, readings and music in the community’s historic orchard, with kids’ bookmaking projects, local children’s authors, book signings, and more. Peruse the pumpkin patch for an autumn jack-o’-lantern, try the homemade apple cider and listen to an array of children’s stories.

“Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom”
Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public, with book sales and reception following program.
Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, (702) 507-3459
This third annual installment of “Uncensored Voices” features dramatic readings and an interactive discussion with experts on literary censorship in the United States, on the Internet and around the world, all in recognition of National Banned Books Week. Moderated by Las Vegas Review-Journal Political Columnist Steve Sebelius, the event features Eva Galperin, International Freedom of Expression Coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Professor Jeanne Price, director of the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law; Auggie Romero, ACLU of Arizona Board Member and activist; and self-described book smuggler Tony Diaz, leader of Librotraficante, the underground library movement. Additional support provided by ACLU of Nevada. For more information, call (702) 507-3459.

An Evening with Brandon Mull
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public, with reception and book signing following program.
Galleria Library, Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Road.
Children’s author Brandon Mull (“Pingo,” “Candy Shop War,” the “Fablehaven” series) reads from his works with an informal discussion, “meet and greet” and book sales/signing. The event is a collaboration with Apple Partnership, the city of Henderson, Henderson District Public Libraries, and the Clark County School District. Additional support provided by the Nevada Arts Council and Art Works. For more information, call (702) 207-4275.

“The Tell: I Fought the Law / I Am the Law”
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 ticket; purchase tickets online at starting Sept. 20.
The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., (702) 229-2734.
Local author and poet Dayvid Figler hosts an evening of true stories as told by six local storytellers in the famed courtroom of The Mob Museum. Stories are inspired by being on one side of the law or the other. Seating is limited. Sponsored by Vegas Seven magazine, the Vegas Valley Book Festival and The Mob Museum.

“Wish You Were Here: The Las Vegas Writes Project”
Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to the public, with reception and book signing following program.
Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road.
For this year’s “Las Vegas Writes” anthology, inspired by iconic Sin City postcards, eight of the city's best writers delve deep into their imaginations to conceive short stories and essays that cast a fresh eye on a place you only think you know. Writers Quentin Bufogle, Maile Chapman, Maxwell Drake, Lindsey Leavitt, Corey Levitan, Greg Blake Miller, Kristen Peterson, Lissa Townsend Rodgers and editor Scott Dickensheets will talk about their work and experience creating this year’s project, “Wish You Were Here.” For more information on any of the “Las Vegas Writes” anthologies, visit Cosponsored by Stephens Press and CITYLIFE BOOKS. For more information, call (702) 507-3459.

The Vegas Valley Book Festival, now in its 11th year, will take place Nov. 1-3, with most programs scheduled at the Historic Fifth Street School and the Clark County Library. The 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. A schedule of events and a roster of featured authors will be posted online at and updated as information becomes available. For more information, please call (702) 229-5431 or go online to


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