Las Vegas Book Festival 2020

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Teri Vela

Poetry reading by Teri Vela

For more Teri Vela, watch here:
10/19/2020 3:00:00 PM Watch Now

Nissa Tzun: Narrative as Public Memory and Protest

The book is "Stolen Lives," and it is a collaborative and illustrated work about the families and victims of police violence. The author will speak about her book and her work in this arena. 10/19/2020 5:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading By Jessica Rinker

Join children's author Jessica Rinker for a special reading. 10/19/2020 7:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading & Activity with Kandice Lytle

Kandice Lytle from Snyder Elementary School reads Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Learn to paint a rock with materials from your own backyard!
10/19/2020 10:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Angela M Brommel

Poetry reading by Angela M Brommel 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM Watch Now

How To Put On A Book Festival

A candid discussion with the programming team behind the planning of the Las Vegas Book Festival, including insights behind panel selections, topics chosen, format for this year’s virtual festival, and fun stories from past book festivals. 10/20/2020 2:00:00 AM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Monarch the Poet

Poetry reading by Monarch the Poet 10/20/2020 3:00:00 PM Watch Now

Brett Riley

Author of Comanche, a western-horror thriller 10/20/2020 5:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading by Marcie Colleen

Reading by Marcie Colleen 10/20/2020 7:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading & Activity with Nikki Streets

Nikki Streets from Abston Elementary School reads Penguinaut! By Marcie Colleen

Blast off as you learn to create a mini toilet paper roll rocket ship!
10/20/2020 10:00:00 PM Watch Here

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Eric L. Cummings

Poetry reading by Eric L. Cummings 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM Watch Now

Food Writing as Cultural Writing

Please join Kim Foster, Andy Wang, Jocelyn Jackson and Sonja Swanson as moderator for a fantastic panel on food writing. 10/21/2020 2:00:00 AM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Joan Robinson

Poetry Reading by Joan Robinson 10/21/2020 3:00:00 PM Watch Now

Juan F. Thompson: Stories I Tell Myself: Growing up with Hunter S. Thompson

The son of the great journalist Hunter S. Thompson will read from his most recent book 10/21/2020 5:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading By Joseph Watson & Dana Satterwhite

Reading By Joseph Watson & Dana Satterwhite 10/21/2020 7:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading & Activity with Michelle Zamora

Michelle Zamora from Garehime Elementary School reads The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Create your own Snowy Day by making beautiful snowflakes!
10/21/2020 10:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Simon Hunt

Poetry reading by Simon Hunt 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM Watch Now

The Building Blocks of a Book: Local Authors on Ideas, Research and Craft

David G. Schwartz, At the Sands: The Casino That Shaped Classic Las Vegas, Brought the Rat Pack Together, and Went Out With a Bang
Christina Dylag, Tiny Little Boxes: How to Cope with Existential Dread by Way of Ice Cream and Other Means
Michael Kagan, The Battle to Stay in America: America’s Hidden Front Line
Moderated by Geoff Schumacher, Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue
10/22/2020 2:00:00 AM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Gregory Robinson

Poetry Reading by Gregory Robinson 10/22/2020 3:00:00 PM Watch Now

Homeless in Las Vegas: HELP of Southern Nevada, Shine A Light & City of Las Vegas Courtyard

Kathi Thomas, city of Las Vegas (Courtyard and ISO-Q Center)
Louis Lacey, HELP of Southern Nevada
Matthew O’Brien, Shine A Light Foundation
Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler, city of Las Vegas, moderator
10/22/2020 5:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading by Terri Farley

Reading by Terri Farley 10/22/2020 7:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading & Activity with Julie Jensen

Julie Jensen from Tanaka Elementary School reads Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Scott Magoon.

Create creepy coffee filter monsters to spook your family and friends!
10/22/2020 10:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña

Poetry reading by Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM Watch Now

Las Vegas Writes Project

Las Vegas Writes - Book Launch and Conversation with the Authors

A Valley of Light and Shadow: Las Vegas Writers on Good and Evil.

Las Vegas Writes is a program of Nevada Humanities in collaboration with the Las Vegas Book Festival, and published by Huntington Press. Las Vegas Writes is an annual collection of writings by local authors focused on a theme connected to Las Vegas. This year’s theme is stark: In Sin City, what does it mean to be sinful? And how much do we concede in order to see ourselves as “good”?

How does Las Vegas morality differ from morality in other cities? Has living in the valley caused you to redraw the line between good and evil? If the Mob was evil, how can Las Vegas count itself among the best places to live when death was the Mob’s order of business? You might explore what compromises you’ve made to survive. Surrounded by dispensaries and slot machines, you might confess that Las Vegas has blunted your sense of right and wrong, numbed your righteousness. You might reach a realization that your earlier moral lines were naively, lazily drawn. Perhaps you’ll succumb to the notion that Las Vegas is where good people go to decay, to submit to vice. Or where bad people arrive, hoping for a second chance.

Moderated by Jarret Keene

Featured Authors:
Keith Brantley
Brittany Bronson
Tim Chizmar
Laura Decker
Krista Diamond
Fawn Douglas
Eric Duran-Valle
Samantha Goodman
Don Hall
Dana Jerman
Glenn Puit
Elizabeth Quiñones-Zaldaña
Beth Rosenberg
Edited by Jarret Keene

The Las Vegas Writes 2020 is supported by public and private funding for the literary arts through Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nevada Center for the Book, Nevada State Library Archives and Public Records, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, and Huntington Press. The program receives support with reading and conversations hosted at venues that support the literary arts from, the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Writer's Block Book Store, Nevada Humanities Program Gallery, and the Las Vegas Book Festival held at the Historic 5th Street School, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Registration is required only for this event. Registration is currently open.
10/23/2020 2:00:00 AM Register And Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Nathan Say

Poetry Reading by Nathan Say 10/23/2020 3:00:00 PM Watch Now

Las Vegas History: A Tribute to Eugene Moehring

The late Eugene Moehring, who died in February, will be remembered as an influential professor of history at UNLV and author of the foundational Las Vegas history, Resort City in the Sunbelt.

Michael Green, associate professor of history, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Claytee White, director, Oral History Research Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Larry Gragg, emeritus professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Bo Bernhard, associate vice president of economic development, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Geoff Schumacher, moderator
10/23/2020 5:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading By Susan Verde

Reading By Susan Verde 10/23/2020 7:00:00 PM Watch Now

Reading & Activity with Diane Crawford

Diane Crawford from Forbuss Elementary School reads Mo Willems' That is Not a Good Idea!

Act out this hilarious story as you learn to create your own popsicle stick characters!
10/23/2020 10:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Vogue Robinson

Poetry reading by Vogue Robinson 10/24/2020 12:00:00 AM Watch Now

The Legacy of Hunter S. Thompson

Timothy Denevi
Juan Thompson
Margaret Harrell
Dr. Rory Feehan
Moderated by Scott Dickensheets
10/24/2020 2:00:00 AM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Karen Laing

Poetry Reading by Karen Laing 10/24/2020 3:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Ashley Vargas

Poetry Reading by Ashley Vargas 10/24/2020 4:00:00 PM Watch Now

Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains

Join the author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains for a discussion about life in the underground flood channels of Vegas and getting out of the tunnels and into recovery.

Matthew O’Brien, author
Beth Brower
Paul Vautrinot, Program Director Shine A Light
Moderated By Daniel Hernandez
10/24/2020 5:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Echo Clark

Poetry reading by Elizabeth Echo Clark 10/24/2020 7:00:00 PM Watch Now

Readings from: Of Bone, Of Ash, Of Ordinary Saints: A Nevada Gospel

By Gailmarie Pahmeier

Gailmarie shares her experiences and reads from this collection of poetry that celebrates the beauty of the Nevada landscape, poems layered in history and woven with thoughtful insights into the people she met along the way.

“What begins as an obvious love song to the state of Nevada ends as a love song to the strangers who pass through our lives, beautiful and hurt and tenacious in their quiet love for this world. “
—Brian Turner, Poet, Essayist, Director of Sierra Nevada College MFA Program, author of Here, Bullet and Phantom Noise
10/24/2020 8:00:00 PM Watch Now

Complicating Race, Identity, and Culture in American History

Mark Padoongpatt will interview Tyler D. Parry and A.B. Wilkinson (all professors at UNLV), to discuss their experience writing their first books in the field of History. Dr. Parry’s Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual and Dr. Wilkinson’s Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom: Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America, both feature the mixing of cultures and peoples in American History.

A.B. Wilkinson, author
Tyler D. Parry, author
Mark Padoongpatt, interviewer
10/24/2020 9:00:00 PM Watch Now

The Restaurant

A conversation with local restauranteurs moderated by veteran food writer, the Review-Journal’s Al Mancini, about the changes brought on by the pandemic. Topics include customer confidence, a rise in takeout and silver linings found in today’s food world.

Chef Rick Moonen
Tom Kaplan, Partner, Wolfgang Puck
Joe Essa, President, Thomas Keller
Moderated by Al Mancini, Las Vegas Review Journal
10/24/2020 10:00:00 PM Watch Now

The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency, by John Dickerson

Steve Sebelius, political editor for the Las Vegas Review Journal interviews 60 Minutes’ John Dickerson about his new book, The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency.

John Dickerson, 60 Minutes
Steve Sebelius, Las Vegas Review Journal
10/24/2020 11:00:00 PM Watch Now

Tapestry of Nevada Poets - Harry Fagel

Poetry reading by Harry Fagel 10/25/2020 12:00:00 AM Watch Now

Las Vegas Is The New Heartland TEST

Explore how the changing demographics of Las Vegas have made it a more representative cross section of America — a demographic heartland — but also challenges, in a time of increasing diversity and political polarization, the very idea of a heartland and the place it holds in American identity.

José Orduña is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He published his first book, The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration and Displacement, in 2016.

Phil Christman is Editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing and a Lecturer at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the book Midwest Futures, published earlier this year.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine and Umbilical Hospital, and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016; the novel, Fish in Exile; and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014.

Alyse Burnside is a Creative Nonfiction MFA Candidate at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. She is working on a collection of essays about surveillance culture, the seduction and fear of seeing and being seen, loneliness, and anxiety.

Moderator: T. R. Witcher; a graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of Chicago, T.R. Witcher has written about architecture, urbanism and popular culture for a variety of publications, including TIME, The Atlantic, Civil Engineering, and Desert Companion. He’s taught in both the School of Architecture and the Journalism and Media Studies program at UNLV.
10/25/2021 1:00:00 AM Watch Now