Additional Panel Topics Include Las Vegas Community Healing Garden, Sexuality And The Critic’s Voice


LAS VEGAS – Oct. 8, 2019 – Longtime Republican political strategist, national commentator and New York Times best-selling author, Rick Wilson, along with Tim Alberta, “American Carnage” author and chief political correspondent for POLITICO Magazine, and Christina Bellantoni, professor and former assistant managing editor for politics of the Los Angeles Times, will discuss the Trump presidency after three years. Moderated by the Las Vegas-Review Journal’s Steve Sebelius, “Assessing the Trump Presidency: Three Years In” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. during the annual 2019 Las Vegas Book Festival.


      Other panel discussions include:

  • “Las Vegas Healing Garden Book” - Representatives from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, city of Las Vegas and the contractor maintaining the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden will discuss the new book that tells the story of how Las Vegas chose hope over hate and unity over despair to build a place of healing and remembrance.
  • “Writing the Body: The Language of Sexuality and Intimacy in Story” - New York Times best-selling author of “Mostly Dead Things,” Kristen Arnett, and Ahmed Naji, winner of the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, will discuss the use of sensuality, sexuality and the body as vehicles of redemption, resolution and condemnation in story.
  • “The Critic’s Voice” - NPR’s Eric Deggans, Buzzfeed’s Niela Orr and The Atlantic Monthly’s James Parker will explore the practice of cultural criticism in an era of media saturation. The discussion will be moderated by Los Angeles Times’ David L. Ulin.

     Additional panels and workshops are scheduled throughout the day. For the full schedule and more, visit



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/ The CW Las Vegas, 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 Keep up with festival news on Facebook and Twitter (#VegasBookFest).