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The Vegas Valley Book Festival

The Vegas Valley Book Festival takes place Nov. 3-7 at various venues throughout Las Vegas. Visit for the latest information.

T.C. Boyle opening keynote address Nov. 3, 7 p.m. The acclaimed author of World's End, The Road to Wellville and, most recently, The Women gives a keynote address. UNLV Student Union Ballroom.

"The Perpetual Engine of Hope: Las Vegas Stories Inspired by Iconic Photographs" Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Local authors P Moss, Dayvid Figler, Oksana Marafioti, Megan Edwards, Alissa Nutting, Juan Martinez, K. W. discuss their contribution to the Las Vegas Writes Project 2010, a collection of original short stories based on iconic Las Vegas photographs. Clark County Library Theater

My Wheel is in the Dark: A Night Ride with Las Vegas Bike Bards Nov. 5, 6 p.m. First Friday hosts the Vegas Valley Book Festival's poetry night, featuring Mayor Oscar Goodman and Dayvid Figler reading original haiku on the main stage to kick off a mobile poetry brigade led by Jarrett Keene that will read at galleries and studios in the neighborhood.

Author sessions, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. Panels, seminars, readings, workshops and discussions throughout the day, covering everything from children's literature to storytelling in the West to modern science fiction. Historic Fifth Street School. Visit for the latest information.

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The Comic Book Festival Nov. 6, 11 a.m. A celebration of comics, cartoons, graphic novels and the illustrated word. Clark County Library. Visit for the latest information.

Feasting on Words Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A celebration of the literature of food, with host Rick Moonen (R.M. Seafood). Panel discussions feature cookbook authors, readings from books about food and culture. Also featured are a community grill, mixology demonstrations and an organic fashion show. Historic Fifth Street School. Visit for the latest information.

Dennis Lehane closing keynote address Nov. 7, 7 p.m. The acclaimed author of A Drink Before the War and the best-selling Mystic River delivers the closing keynote. Clark County Library Theater
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