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A book event you don't want to miss tonight

Late notice but still: If you love books and are free this evening, scoot over the the Barnes & Noble at 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd. at 7 p.m. for a reading and book-signing by first-time local novelist Laura McBride. Her novel We Are Called to Rise — which received a loving A- review in Entertainment Weekly — is set in Las Vegas, but, says EW reviewer Karen Valby, "is unlike any Vegas tale I've ever read, mostly because it's about the ordinary people who call it home." Not Vegas-baby! Vegas, not what-happens-here Vegas. The actual city. "Her language is never trite," the review concludes, "and the life lessons aren't slick. It turns out that with all that luck and longing and surface transience, Las Vegas is the perfect backdrop for a universal story about the messy wonders of community."

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