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Local authors highlight this year’s Vegas Valley Book Fest schedule

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Packed between Vegas Valley Book Festival’s keynote speakers B.J. Novak, Sylvia Day and Aimee Bender, a mix of local and national writers will discuss their craft, telling stories and talking on issues pertaining to literature, society and writing. A few of the highlights, all scheduled for Downtown’s Fifth Street School:

Las Vegas Writes: Lost & Found in Las Vegas—What the City Hides and What It Reveals Annual tradition Las Vegas Writes returns with David Armstrong, Mason Bundschuh, Heidi Kyser, Joseph Langdon, Launce Rake, Moniru Ravanipour, Geoff Schumacher, T.R. Witcher and Mercedes Yardley onboard. October 18, 11 a.m.

150 years in Nevada: The Silver State’s Colorful History and Resilient Future In celebration of the sesquicentennial, Ralph Burns, Patricia Cafferata, Joanne L. Goodwin (whose book, Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990, came out last month), Gene Moehring, Geoff Schumacher and Doug J. Swanson highlight the people, places and stories that built Nevada. October 18, 1:30 p.m.

The Personal Essay in an Oversharing World Leslie Jamison, author of essay collection The Empathy Exams and guest columnist for the Sunday Book Review, GQ writer Andrew Corsello, actress/writer Dinah Lenney and Joseph Langdon, assistant director of the Black Mountain Institute. October 18, 10 a.m.

Fiction: West of Eden Featuring fiction writers with Las Vegas ties and stories: Charles Bock, Maile Chapman, David Fuller, Laura McBride and Vu Tran. October 18, 12:15 p.m.

Vegas Valley Book Festival October 16-18, times vary. Fifth Street School, Lloyd George Federal Courthouse & Clark County Library, vegasvalleybookfestival.org.

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