Vegas Valley Book Festival Guide

After a fall season rich in pre-festival panels, writing contests and author readings, the Vegas Valley Book Festival is finally here. This year’s literary extravaganza offers more than 150 “authors and events,” although we’re not sure how that author-to-event ratio works out. Visit to do the math and see the schedule. As always, there are two big-name headliners: Charlaine Harris, who wrote the Sookie Stackhouse series, a.k.a. the source material for HBO’s True Blood (7 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road) and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (check out our interview here). Vegas’ book fest doesn’t just do high culture for grown-ups. Check out the Comic Book Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Clark County Library. Highlights include drawing classes, nerd punk bands and an event titled Closet Cosplay: Workshop With Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activities, which sounds awesome. Or, if you have kids, head over to the Historic Fifth Street School for the Children’s Book Festival (9:45 a.m.-2:50 p.m.; see our interview with kid’s author David Shannon). Meanwhile, the main festival will also take place at the Fifth Street School, offering a bevy of goodies, including poetry readings, writing workshops, various panels and a Young Adult Pavilion (see our picks here). This year’s new addition is Feasting on Wheels, where from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 food trucks will serve literary-inspired items. Plan for a full mind and stomach.

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