Annual Festival Will Feature Best-Selling Authors, Panel Discussions And Events For All Ages




LAS VEGAS – Sept. 25, 2017 – Four book festival pre-events set for Oct. 10-20 will whet your appetite for the free Las Vegas Book Festival, set to return to downtown Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. 




First, author Mac Barnett and author/illustrator Jon Klassen will celebrate the release of their latest picture book, “The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse,” with a presentation and book signing Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School. The event is free and open to the public. The book is the story of a mouse and duck who are swallowed by a wolf and decide to live in his belly. Featuring prose by Barnett and illustrations by Klassen, it’s a modern fable of cooperation and cuisine. The reading will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing with Barnett and Klassen. “The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse,” as well as a selection of the authors’ other books, will be on sale at the event, with pre-orders for “The Wolf” available at A purchase of “The Wolf” will be required to enter the signing line. However, the authors also will sign a limited number of books brought from home or purchased at the event, time permitting.




Next, the Las Vegas Writes Project will launch this year’s book with a conversation with the authors Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Library Theater, located at 1401 E. Flamingo Road. Free and open to the public, the event will be moderated by Desert Companion Deputy Editor Scott Dickensheets and Mob Museum Senior Director of Content Geoff Schumacher. This year’s book, “Back to Where You Once Belonged: Las Vegas Writers Weigh the Power of the Past,” features 10 essayists who examine the weight of the past on the present, and perhaps the future, from a variety of surprising directions. Published by Huntington Press and funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities (federal agencies), the book features authors H. Lee Barnes, Dawn-Michelle Baude, Noah Cicero, Nicholas Russell, Michael Green, Heather Lang, Dan Hernandez, Stacy J. Willis, T.R. Witcher and Sarah Jane Woodall.




Friday, Oct. 20, there will be two events. From noon to 2 p.m., the College of Southern Nevada and The Center of Las Vegas will host an afternoon with author Nicole Dennis-Benn at Las Vegas City Hall, 495 S. Main St., in Room 3310-A.  The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the adjacent covered garage at 500 S. Main St.




From 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, author Brit Bennett will discuss her debut novel “The Mothers” at the College of Southern Nevada North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave., Building C, Conference Room A2638. The best-selling novel was recently optioned for film. The event is free and open to the public.




About the Las Vegas Book Festival


Previously known as the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada. It will celebrate its 16th year with keynote speakers Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, and Sharon Draper, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards. Children’s entertainment, programming for young adults, poetry, workshops, exhibits, panel discussions and more also will be featured.




This annual celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by collaboration of local public sector and nonprofit partners, including:


·         presenting sponsors the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation, Inc. and Nevada Humanities;


·         media sponsors Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, KSNV-TV Channel 3, KVCW-TV (the CW), CBS Broadcasting – Mix 94.1, KLUC 98.5, Q100.5,KXNT, 107.5. and Vegas PBS;


·         gold sponsors United Healthcare and Black Mountain Institute;


·         silver sponsor NV Energy;


·         and diversity sponsor MGM Resorts International.




For information on hotel room reservation blocks, volunteering, author appearances, the festival schedule and much more, please visit or call 702-229-6469. Keep up with festival news on Facebook and Twitter (#VegasBookFest).




In addition to the keynote speakers, authors scheduled to appear at the festival include: Shannon Baker, Brit Bennett, Tom Bissell, Grace Burrows, Brittany Cavallaro, Angela Cervantes, Zinzi Clemmons, Zoraida Cordova, Matt de la Peña, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Eric Elfman, Elizabeth Eulberg, Jeff Garvin, Varian Johnson, Christina Lauren, C.B. Lee, Grace Lin, Wes Lowery, Mike Maihack, Denis Markell, Lin Oliver, Ridley Pearson, Justin Roberts, Judy Schachner, Jason Schreier, Dylan Thuras and Wendy Spinale. Additional authors will be announced in the coming weeks.



The festival also will feature children’s entertainment, programming for young adults, poetry, workshops, exhibits and more. Panel discussions are also scheduled throughout the day on topics such as Race and Justice, Journalism in the 21st Century, and Las Vegas Myths and Mysteries. For updates and more information, call 702-229-ARTS (2787) or visit or