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October 15th – 17th, 2015

A Celebration of Imagination     Learn. Discover. Escape.



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  • 2015 Parking

    Parking for the festival can be found at

    Lloyd D. George United States Courthouse
    333 S Las Vegas Blvd

    City of Las Vegas Parking Garage
    455 S. 3rd St.
    $3.00 All Day

  • 2015 Program

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  • An Evening with Brad Meltzer

    New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer opens the Vegas Valley Book Festival with his keynote speech. Known for his No. 1 best-sellers “The Inner Circle, “The Book of Fate” and seven other best-selling thrillers, Meltzer is one of the only authors to ever have books on the best-seller list for nonfiction, advice, children’s books and comic books. An attorney, he is also one of the co-creators of the TV show “Jack & Bobby,” as well as the host of “Brad Meltzer’s Lost History.” Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the talk. Wristbands will be given out starting at 6 p.m. in the theater courtyard. Limit one per person. For more information, visit, or call

    Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
    Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road

  • Closing Keynote: COLUM MCCANN

    Colum McCann is the author of six novels and two story collections and has been the recipient of many literary and cultural honors, including the National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, election to the Irish arts academy and the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China. In 2010 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Born in Ireland, McCann’s work has been published in more than 35 languages. The film rights for Let the Great World Spin were bought by J.J Abrams, the acclaimed creator of the Lost television series. McCann is currently adapting the screenplay along with Abrams. His most recent novel, Transatlantic, was published in 2013. He lives in New York with his wife, Allison, and their three children. He teaches in the MFA program in Hunter College.

    Saturday, Oct. 17th, 4:15 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.
    Fifth Street School
    401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

  • The Voice of the Mojave: Nevada Humanities Presents Claire Vaye Watkins

    Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn, which won the Story Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. One of the National Book Foundation's “5 Under 35” and a Guggenheim Fellow, she has also received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, One StoryThe Paris ReviewPloughsharesGlimmer Train, The Believer, and elsewhere. An assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Claire and her husband, the writer Derek Palacio, are co-directors of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

    Saturday, Oct. 17th, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Fifth Street School
    401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101


    VVBF Story Time Poster & Children's Main Stage

    VVBF Author Signing

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