Las Vegas typically conjures up images of showgirls and slot machines, neon lights and all-night parties, mega-bucks and mega-resorts.
What might surprise people is that the entertainment capital of the world is also dedicated to offering programs that promote reading and literacy, that support and nurture the community of local writers, and that attract the attention and participation of national and international authors.
This weekend Las Vegas again celebrates the written, spoken, and illustrated word with the eleventh annual Vegas Valley Book Festival, an event that draws more than 10,000 attendees each year. Since its founding in 2002, the fall festival has presented over 600 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 450 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings.
The Festival provides an opportunity for readers and writers of all ages to get involved; with puppets, storytelling, activities for children, comic books (for the kid in all of us), young adult fiction – a genre of increasing popularity, and award-winning authors of both fiction and non-fiction.
It is exciting to see the Festival’s commitment to the contributions of home-grown writers, providing a platform for them to share their successes, and giving friends, family, and fans a chance to see their craft in action. I am especially proud that the city I called home for over thirty years is shining the spotlight on a less “glamorous” form of entertainment!
Don’t miss this opportunity to surround yourself in literati – Las Vegas style.