Can’t-Miss Book Fest Events

First Friday Poetry Stage: Live From The Las Vegas Arts District. Poet/lawyer Dayvid Figler collected Vegas- and downtown-inspired haikus for a celebrity guest to recite. (6-9 p.m. Nov. 2, Boulder Plaza Park, 1047 S. Main St.)

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Las Vegas. Historian Michael Green, journalist Geoff Schumacher and author Sally Denton discuss Vegas’ booms and busts. (10-11 a.m. Nov. 3, Historic Fifth Street School, Room 160, 401 S. Fourth St.)

Self Portrait, With Others: The Ethics of Writing Memoir. Four memoirists explore the hardest part of memoir writing: Choosing if and how to protect or reveal loved ones. Author/professor Maile Chapman moderates. (11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nov. 3, Fifth Street School Auditorium.)

All I Need Is the World: A Conversation With Katie Arnoldi and Dave Hickey. A best-selling novelist and an enfant terrible art critic on the role of observation in writing. See Page 26 for an interview with Hickey. (1:45-2:45 p.m. Nov. 3, Fifth Street School Auditorium.)

Stories and Songs in the Oral Tradition. Master storyteller, singer and instrumentalist Charlotte Blake Aston performs as part of the Children’s Book Festival. (1:45-2:45 p.m. Nov. 3, Fifth Street School, NSA Recital Room, Suite 125.)

Nevada Humanities Salon: Nevada Voices. The fest’s closing event features a lineup of intellectual all-stars: authors Chapman, Christopher Coake and Peter Goin, and poets Shaun Griffin, and Donald Revell (6-7 p.m. Nov. 3, Fifth Street School Auditorium.)

Steampunk Spectacular: Clockworks, Corsets, Historical Adventure and a Little Bit of Paranormalcy! Complete with a macabre location, this Y.A. event delves into the retro-Victorian joys of Steampunk and spooky Edgar Allen Poe-inspired writing. (7:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Bunker’s Mortuary Chapel, 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North.)