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Last night I attended the Las Vegas Writers Group monthly meeting. This is a large, friendly group of writers who meet once a month at 7:00 on the third Thursday of the month at the Tap Room. They always have networking opportunities for writers and wannabe writers and interestering programs.
Debra Belcoff, former manager of The Reading Room and the Meadows Mall Borders Express, gave an inside look at the book retail industry. This is something that few writers are aware of. We write our books, the publisher publishes them, and somehow they appear on line and/or on bookshelves. Debra shared how much goes into the decisions of which books actualy make it into the brick and mortar stores, and why. She also discussed terminology that is common in the booksellers world. I came away knowing a lot more than I did before the meeting. Belcoff said that she is exploring the idea of opening an independent bookstore, and we sure hope she does. When Cheesecake & Crime closed it was the last of the independents in our area.
Congratualtions to local author Rekaya Gibson. Rekaya was in my Spotlight column on October 5. Ever since her book The Food Temptress was released, she she has been on a steady path to success. She was nominated for African Americans on the Move Book Club’s Debut Author of the Year. Readers can vote for her by sending one vote per person to email@example.com. The winner will be announced on June 12 at the 2010 African Americans on the Move Book Club’s literary awards show in Chicago.
February 20, 10:30-12:00 noon PST, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
Las Vegas author and personality Dennis Griffin will host my sister Phyllice Bradner and me on his blog talk radio show. We will discuss our latest book, Seven Deadly Samovars, and the one currently in process, Vanishing Act in Vegas. We will also talk about our Silver Sisters Mystery series, the business of writing, and take your writing-related questions. We have been on the air with Dennis before, and this promises to be a very interesting and entertaining 90 minutes.Here is the link: Dennis Griffin Talk Radio, 1:30 Eastern – 10:30 Pacific. Dennis and a few of his friends will be the guest speakers at the Sisters in Crime/Southern Nevada meeting on April 11 at Enterprise Library.
February 26, February 27 10:00-4:00 p.m.
Want to learn how to download digital books, music movies and more?
A digital downloading bookmobile will visit Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branches. The bookmobile will visit Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26, and Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Drive. on Feb. 27. Library patrons also can log on to http://ebooks.lvccld.org for an online tutorial in downloading.
February 27 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate Nevada Reading Week at the Galleria Library inside the Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Road, No. 1121, with a visit from Lewis Kimberly, author of “Granny McFanny.” Stories and crafts will begin at 2 p.m.
February 27 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Clark County Library to Host Local Authors Book Fair. Meet and greet more than 30 authors’ and writers’ groups from the Las Vegas area and purchase literature during the Celebrate Local Authors book fair at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road. The event is a chance to talk to local authors, including me…I will be there signing copies of my Silver Sisters mysteries, A Corpse in the Soup and Seven Deadly Samovars, along with many fine Las Vegas area authors. We are happy to discuss our work and journey from inspiration to publication. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit www.lvccld.org or call 507-3400.
First and third Tuesday of the month 6:30-8:30 p.m.-Next meeting March 2
Shared Word Writers Group (SWWG) This group was established in 1999 by writers from the Las Vegas and Henderson area.They are devoted to helping writers in all genres develop their craft, promote their manuscripts and reach their goal of becoming published authors. SWWG is a non-profit organization that provides a forum where writers can develop writing skills, review their work among peers, network and access resources to promote their craft. Published and unpublished writers of all experience levels are welcome
They meet at Borders Book Store Music & Café located at 1445 West Sunset Road, Henderson, Nevada, in the Crossroads Shopping Center at Stephanie and Sunset Road. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 8 9:30 a.m.
The Writers Roundtable is held on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Boulder City Senior Center, 813 Arizona St. The group encourages and supports writers at all levels, published and unpublished. All ages are welcome. For more information, call Doris at 294-1930.
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