Our guide to the 2013 Vegas Valley Book Festival


The Art of an Interview Learning how to conduct a great interview isn’t just for reporters. Biographer and writer Jack Sheehan discusses how to get the best out of an interview during his Saturday presentation. November 2, 10 a.m., Fifth Street School Conference Room.

Imaginings Through Illustrations: Work By Children’s Book Illustrators Remember your favorite children’s book? Chances are you loved it not just for the story, but also for the beautiful pictures. Jorge Betancourt-Polanco, Joseph Watson, Elisha Cooper and more will share their colorful works in an exhibit open throughout Saturday. November 2, 10 a.m., Fifth Street School Gallery.

Poetry readings and the Spark! Youth Poetry Competition & Awards Members of the Las Vegas Poets Organization and Nevada Slam Poets team perform, followed by a Clark County high school poetry competition at 1:15 p.m. November 2, 10 a.m., Fifth Street School Poetry Courtyard.

Love, Murder and Mayhem: Popular Fiction Deborah Coonts, author of the Lucky O’Toole book series, joins young adult fiction writer Veronica Wolff and authors Laura Lee Guhrke, Julia Quinn, Gerard de Marigny and Brian Rouff in a panel about popular fiction. November 2, 10 a.m., Fifth Street School YA Tent One.

Superman: The All American Hero Who needs IMDb when film guru John Field is in the room? Get all your Superman questions answered, and then some, during this presentation on America’s most beloved superhero. November 2, 11 a.m., Clark County Library’s Main Theater.

Secrets, Serial Killers and Surprise Endings (young adult) Author of Raised by Wolves and the soon-to-be-released thriller The Naturals, Jennifer Lynn Barnes joins Kate Brian, Debra Driza and others in a panel discussion about young adult murder mysteries. November 2, 11:15 a.m., Fifth Street School YA Tent Two.

Geeky, Grrly and … Glamtackular! It’s hard to beat the acronym for Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activities (VAGINA). Get to know this group of self-proclaimed nerds who geek out over, well, nerdy activities. The girls will be discussing all things geeky and glamorous during the comic book portion of the fest. November 2, noon, Clark County Library’s Jewel Box Theater.

The Kids of Liverpool (children’s) Grab the kids for a performance by Love before catching a special appearance by Sesame Street’s Elmo and Mando at 1:40 p.m. November 2, 1 p.m., Fifth Street School Children’s Storytelling Tent.

Wonder Woman In Bondage: Gender, Power and the Amazon Superhero Author of Do the Gods Wear Capes? and University of Oregon English professor Ben Saunders discusses the legendary DC Comics heroine and her creator, William Moulton Marson. November 2, 3 p.m., Clark County Library’s Jewel Box Theater.

Prom Through The Ages (young adult) Chat with bloggers from Girls With Books ( and IB Book Blogging ( during this atypical prom party. Come dressed in duds from your favorite decade and compete in a costume contest, followed by the crowning of a book king and queen. November 2, 8 p.m., Fifth Street School Auditorium.

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