In 1872, Mark Twain published Roughing It, a memoir of his travels through the Wild West, including the Nevada Territory. More than 140 years later, we finally get an update on the still (mostly) untamed land and its people. The 10 short stories in Battleborn (Riverhead, $26)—the debut collection by Pahrump-raised author Claire Vaye Watkins—give dimension to characters that the rest of the world sees only as stereotypes, if it sees them at all. In turn, the world has taken notice. The 28-year-old has already won two awards (Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and the Story Prize) and garnered accolades from national media (Vogue, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and The New Yorker have taken notice). Best of all, the assistant professor at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania is at the beginning of her career, so we have a lot to look forward to. Upcoming projects include a novel about water shortages in the Southwest and a free creative writing camp for Pahrump teens called the Mojave School.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Get to know the Life Is Beautiful acts. Learn about Downtown's new kaleidoscopic murals. Find tips on how to navigate schedule conflicts. And see what's on the mouthwatering menu. Here is Vegas Seven's guide to tasting, seeing and hearing all the festival has to offer, from the first afternoon set to the final headliner.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products