Vegas Valley Book Festival is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word for all ages and interests.
Written by Lea Lumba
Downtown Las Vegas has become well known for its eclectic art galleries, live music scene, and unique community events. One event not to be missed is the 15th Annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, the largest literary event in Nevada. The Festival takes place Saturday, October 15, 2016, on the grounds of the Historic 5th Street School.
This year’s schedule features Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times Bestselling authors, a Latin Grammy Award winner, an acclaimed comic strip creator, panel discussions, author presentations, book signings, performances, workshops, anime, manga, surprise guests, bookmaking, and more. The 100th anniversaries of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Park Service will also be commemorated.
A few of this year’s notable authors and happenings include:
Craig Johnson, whose Walt Longmire mystery series became the basis for the popular Longmire TV drama.
Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Cleopatra: A Life, Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and most recently, The Witches: Salem, 1692.
Frank Shankwitz, founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and co-author of Once Upon A Wish.
Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, the acclaimed comic strip, and author of Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.
Megan McDonald, creator of the popular Judy Moody and Stink series, and the Sisters Club stories.
An exhibit featuring breathtaking photos of our 59 National Parks taken by renowned photographer/author QT Luong, as featured in his new book Treasured Lands.
Doug Mishler, a Chautauqua scholar, will bring history to life as Teddy Roosevelt.
Authors and presenters will be discussing a plethora of topics from the genres of adult fiction and non-fiction, romance, children’s, young adult, LGBTQ, mystery, thriller, legacy, crime, suspense, humor, comic/graphic novel, local history, banned books, poetry, and more.
Producing Partners of the book festival include City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, AIGA Las Vegas Chapter, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Humanities, Beverly Rogers Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute, and Vegas PBS.
Free and open to the public. Public parking is available across the street from the event. For more information, visit: vegasvalleybookfestival.org