Festival Will Feature Panel Discussions And Conclude With “After Dark” Program

 LAS VEGAS – Sept. 26, 2019 – A.M. Homes, Marlon James, Jarrett J. Krosoczka and chefs from America’s Test Kitchen will headline the 2019 Las Vegas Book Festival (LVBF) Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The annual festival is free and open to all ages.

       Award-winning author Homes has written novels, short stories, memoirs and original television pilots. Her work has been featured in Harpers, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair. Two of her novels are currently being adapted and she is developing a new television project with BBC America.

       James’ newest book, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” is longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. It is part one of his Dark Star Trilogy, the rights of which have been purchased by Michael B. Jordan’s production company. His previous works have also received recognition including the 2015 Man Booker Prize for “A Brief History of Seven Killings.”

       Krosoczka is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His graphic memoir, “Hey, Kiddo,” a National Book Award finalist, tells his story of growing up in a family grappling with addiction and finding what helped him survive. He has published more than 30 books including the popular "Lunch Lady" graphic novels and the "Platypus Police Squad" middle-grade novels.

       America’s Test Kitchen chefs Dan Souza and Elle Simone will host a demonstration for festival attendees. Souza is the editor-in-chief for “Cook’s Illustrated” and the host of the popular YouTube series “What’s Eating Dan?” Simone is a food stylist and the founder of SheChef, Inc.

       Other authors will be featured in a number of panels throughout the day. Panel topics include politics, sexuality, faith and more. A full schedule is available at www.lasvegasbookfestival.com. 

       The festival will conclude with “Las Vegas Book Festival After Dark” at 6:30 p.m. at The Writer’s Block. 519 S. 6th St., Suite 100. James and David Bradley will converse on the topic “More Real Than Real – Historic and Speculative Fiction 400 Years into the Diaspora.”

About the Las Vegas Book Festival

The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada produced by the city of Las Vegas and Nevada Humanities. The annual celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word is free and open to the public.

The 2019 festival is presented by the Las Vegas Clark County Library District. Sponsors include Las Vegas Review Journal/Las Vegas Sun, 98.5 KLUC, NBC Channel 3, Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas Life, Las Vegas Clark County Library District Foundation, Vegas PBS, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Smith Center for the Performing Arts and Black Mountain Institute.

For information, please visit www.lasvegasbookfestival.com. Keep up with festival news on Facebook and Twitter (#VegasBookFest).