Highlights of the Upcoming Vegas Valley Book Festival

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Laura McBride, author of We Are Called to Rise, is one of the features writers at the Vegas Valley Book Festival. 

BRAD MELTZER

The New York Times-best-selling author of The Inner Circle and The Book of Fate delivers the festival’s opening keynote speech at Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo Rd., 702-507-3400), 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Meltzer is prolific and versatile—he’s written everything from thrillers to children’s books to comics—and hosts an investigative history program, Decoded, on the History Channel.

LAS VEGAS WRITES RELEASE PARTY

The latest volume of the Las Vegas Writes book series, The Anarchy of Memories, gets a release party at the Writer’s Block (1020 Fremont St., Suite 100, 702-550-6399), 6 p.m. Oct. 16. The local fiction and nonfiction writers who make up this year’s compilation—including Doug Elfman, Sonya Padgett and C.J. Mosher—will read from their contributed works and sign copies afterward.

LAURA MCBRIDE

Reeling from the success of her acclaimed Las Vegas novel We Are Called to Rise (“Ardently told,” says Kirkus Reviews; “[A] universal story about the messy wonders of community,” says Entertainment Weekly), Laura McBride has a conversation with Desert Companion’s Andrew Kiraly at the Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. 4th St., 702-229-3515) 11:15 a.m. Oct 17.

RECYLING, UPCYCLING AND THEFT: POETS IN CONVERSATION WITH POETRY

Las Vegas expat Gregory Crosby—now a creative writing teacher living in New York—returns home to talk (and probably recite) poetry with Claudia Keelan, Olivia Clare and Laura Mullen at the Historic Fifth Street School, 11:15 a.m. Oct 17. Fun fact: One of Crosby’s poems is cast in bronze mere feet away, in the Lewis Avenue Pedestrian Corridor.

COLUM MCCANN

A National Book Award-winner for his metaphorical New York City novel Let The Great World Spin, Colum McCann is scheduled to deliver the festival’s closing keynote address at the Historic Fifth Street School, 4:15 p.m. Oct. 17.  has been optioned for the big screen by J.J. Abrams, so there’s a good chance that McCann will share some stories from the faraway galaxy of Hollywood.

For more information on these and other Book Festival events, visit VegasValleyBookFestival.org.

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