H. Lee Barnes, author of the classic Vegas novel The Lucky, busts out of the valley with his new Texas-set novel The Gambler’s Apprentice. His prose? Spare, tight. His stories? Moving, human. His cred? Been in the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame since 2009. 7p, free, thewritersblock.org
Whew. For a while, it didn’t seem as though 2015 would ever end. But now that it has, let’s get 2016 off to a better, funnier start, thanks to this comedian and slinger of comic songs. 8p, $49 and up, hardrockhotel.com
Boor’s great-grandfather, a third-term Nye County sheriff, was gunned down under mysterious circumstances in 1906. Her book, Logan, explores that incident, recreating his life, as well as the explosive trial that followed his killing.