Conversations with the Vegas Valley Book Festival’s two keynote authors, Max Brooks and Jane Smiley
Max Brooks: Don of the dead
If it seems you can’t swing an (un)dead cat without hitting a zombie novel, zombie TV series, zombie movie, zombie comic book or zombie videogame, well, it’s because you can’t. But the writer most responsible for the current trend of apocalyptic horror doesn’t deal in straightforward B-movie clichés.
Erica Anzalone’s gutsy verse embraces — and explodes — formalism
Few bards these days can rock a red dress and cowboy boots and still be taken seriously by their professors and academic peers. But Las Vegas poet Erica Anzalone makes it look easy as she steps up to the microphone in the Contemporary Arts Center on this March afternoon.
Army vet Brian Turner translates the experience of war and its aftermath into powerful verse
Finally, America has its own Homer, a bard obsessed with delineating the grief and horror of armed conflict. His name is Brian Turner, and he's a professor at Sierra Nevada College and a winner of many prestigious literary awards and fellowships.