In Aimee Bender’s fiction, strange fantasies collide with hard realities. She uses the magical and absurd to magnify greater truths. All this delightful weirdness makes the Los Angeles resident a natural fit to wrap up the Vegas Valley Book Festival, as the closing keynote speaker (4-5 p.m. Oct. 18, the Historic Fifth Street School). Bender is a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, and the author of two novels and three story collections. Her most recent is The Color Master. In it, a woman acts out a prostitution fantasy for her husband and is unable to return to her previous sex life; an ogre mistakenly eats his own children; and two sisters sew the stripes back onto wounded tigers. Praised for her prose, wild imagination and her ability to convey emotional truths, she’s sure to delight Vegas readers … and maybe, should she stroll the Strip, even find inspiration for her most surreal story yet.
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Nevada Humanities Presents Waddie Mitchell The official poet of the Silver State’s Sesquicentennial. Noon Oct. 17 at Lloyd George Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at Fifth Street School auditorium.
The Personal Essay In An Oversharing World with Andrew Corsello, Leslie Jamison, Joseph Langdon, Dinah Lenney. 10 a.m. Oct. 18, Fifth Street School Reader’s Tent.
Vegas Writes: Lost & Found in Las Vegas—What the City Hides and What It Reveals with David Armstrong, Mason Bundschuh, Heidi Kyser, Joseph Langdon, Launce Rake, Moniru Ravanipour, Geoff Schumacher, T.R. Witcher, Mercedes Yardley. 11 a.m. Oct. 18 Fifth Street School Auditorium.
Fiction: West of Eden with Charles Bock, Maile Chapman, David Fuller, Laura McBride, Vu Tran. 12:15 p.m. Oct. 18, Fifth Street School, Auditorium.
150 years in Nevada: The Silver State’s Colorful History and Resilient Future with Ralph Burns, Patricia Cafferata, Joanne L Goodwin, Gene Moehring, Geoff Schumacher, Doug Sawnson. 1:30 p.m. Fifth Street School Auditorium.