The Vegas Valley Book Festival is the year’s biggest literary event for our city. Billed as a “celebration of the imagination,” the festival takes place this year Nov.3-6, 2011.
The Historic Fifth Street School downtown will be the site of many of the events, but other programs will be presented at the Clark County Library, the Arts District, UNLV and other sites around the valley.
10 Years of Literary Achievement
This annual community event celebrating the written word is now in its tenth year. The orginal premise was simple: a mission to bring those who write the books and those who love to read them together. The numbers confirm that it was a great idea. More than 14,000 people are expected to attend festival programs this year, including a series of pre-festival events that take place in September and October.
The City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs teams up with Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute, the Las Vegas Chapter of American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Nevada Humanities, one of the founders of this celebration of books.
A wide range of community partners and sponsors support the festival. A 12-member planning committee takes care of coordination and event planning each year. It includes key producing organizations and representatives of the writing and reading communities.
100 Authors and 100 Events
The central feature of the book festival is the gathering of 100 writers, primarily Nevada authors. They will participate in over 100 events including panel discussions, book signings, and workshops. This year’s keynote authors are Max Brooks and Jane Smiley.
With authors representing many genres in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, the festival hosts the Vegas Valley Children’s Book Festival, The Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival as well as Feasting on Words – the Literature and Food Fair. New this year is an exciting Young Adult literature program and a collaboration with the Las Vegas Jewish Book Festival.
Festival Schedule is Coming Soon
A complete festival schedule of events and roster of participating authors will be available soon. Watch for a Spotlight Update.
Crystal Bookmark Nominations Deadline Extended to September 30th
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, is seeking nominations from the general public for the Crystal Bookmark Awards which are presented annually to an individual and to an organization working to advance the cause of literature in the Las Vegas Valley. The award recognizes those who have made a major contribution to the encouragement of reading in the community through service or through a body of work that enriches, clarifies, or encourages reading and writing in and about the Vegas Valley.
Visit the nominations page to submit your nomination by midnight September 30th. It’s really easy and just takes a few minutes. It’s your chance to acknowledge those who dedicate themselves to writing and reading.
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