Monday, June 16, 2008 | 4:10 p.m.
Appearances by big-name authors Neil Gaiman and Michael Chabon will bookend the seventh Vegas Valley Book Festival, which will take place November 6-8 at the historic Fifth Street School and the Flamingo Library in downtown Las Vegas. Gaiman, an author, graphic novelist, and screenwriter will give the keynote address on Nov. 6; Chabon, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," will give the closing keynote on Nov. 8.
The largest annual literary event in Las Vegas, the Vegas Valley Book Festival will present more than 50 authors in a schedule of readings, panel discussions, book signings, workshops, poetry and spoken word performances, exhibitions, children’s literature and special events.
Highlights will include a local author’s expo, a comics festival, cosponsored with the Flamingo Library, First Friday spoken word and slam poetry events, and a children’s book festival presented by Target.
The list of participating authors will be announced soon, themes and tracks of the festival include the literature of Las Vegas, pop culture, the built environment, poetry and spoken word, comics, children’s literature and workshops for writers. A new track, "Vegas Noir," will focus on mystery. All sessions and programs are free and open to the public.
The event is presented by the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Nevada Humanities, Las Vegas Review Journal and the Las Vegas Clark County Library District. New programming partners in 2008 include UNLV Black Mountain Institute, the UNLV School of Architecture Downtown Design Center and the UNLV Creative Writing Department.
For more information, visit www.artslasvegas.org/vvbf or call (702) 229-5431.