I Want That Book: Not That Kind of Girl

Somewhere during the second season of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham started getting on my nerves, or maybe I’m guilty of confusing Dunham with her narcissistic character, Hannah Horvath. I guess the only way to find out is by reading the screenwriter-actor-author’s new essay collection. Read More



Author Brings the Mob to Summerlin

Avid readers may already be acquainted with the wiseguy at the center of Tod Goldberg’s recently released crime novel, “Gangsterland.” Sal Cupertine—a Chicago Mafia hitman who’s hiding out in Summerlin disguised as a rabbi—made his debut in “Mitzvah,” a story Goldberg wrote for the 2008 anthology “Las Vegas Noir.” Read More

Fall Arts Preview 2014


Now Read This

The Dog: A Novel by Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon, $26) is a hilarious look at success, social class and ethical challenges. Upset over a failed relationship, our nameless protagonist—a lawyer from Manhattan—takes a job in Dubai managing the wealth of a rich Lebanese family and is quickly surrounded by corruption. Read More


The World Series of Poker and its king, Binion (center)

The Untamed Times of Benny Binion

Amid this new cultural climate arrives Doug J. Swanson’s compelling biography of a legendary Las Vegas forefather—Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster who Created Vegas Poker (Viking, $28). In it, Swanson combines an investigative reporter’s zeal for research with an author’s love of words. Read More



I Want That Book: Everything I Never Told You

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press, $27), the debut novel by Pushcart Prize winner Celeste Ng about a Chinese-American family in 1970s-era Ohio. Marilyn and James Lee have three children, but they have the greatest expectations for Lydia, their middle daughter. When Lydia’s dead body is discovered, Read More



We Are Called to Read

Are we all familiar with Chekhov’s gun? It’s one of the maxims of dramatic storytelling, according to Anton Chekhov, the master playwright and short-story writer. Basically, if an author introduces a gun in the first act of a story or play, that gun must be fired at some point. Las Vegas novelist