Las Vegas novelist Vicki Pettersson has just published the first volume of her new noir trilogy, Celestial Blues. The Taken tells the story of private eye Griffin Shaw and how he comes to investigate his own death.
Elias Khoury is a Lebanese novelist, playwright, and journalist. He edited the Al-Mulhaq, which became known as the "tribune of opposition" paper in Beirut, and he's often outspoken about Middle East political issues, like helping to establish the Democratic Left Movement.
Nevada's history is steeped in the nuclear tests that exploded across the desert in the 1950s. Nevada author Ann Ronald imagines what life must have been like for the scientists, military, ranchers, and other locals in her book, Friendly Fallout 1953.
One of the world's most prolific travel writers, Paul Theroux boasts 7 languages and nearly 50 books under his belt. From Cairo to Cape Town to the South Pacific, Theroux reflects back on a life of railroads and bazaars.
Cop drives into Vegas, hunting down his ex-wife, who's now married to a Vietnamese crime boss. New movie? Nope - it's the plot for Vu Tran's novel. The UNLV writing fellow talks about his latest projects - and what it's like being a Vietnamese immigrant in Vegas.
Junot Diaz burst onto the literary scene when he was 28, a young Dominican who wrote about growing up poor and fatherless in New Jersey. But when it came time to write a novel, he got stuck on page 75.
How do you imagine the modern woman? Does she stuff her bra with tennis balls? Does she drink too much at class reunions, or steal animals from the zoo? According to Alissa Nutting, she definitely does. The BMI writer talks about her fresh approach to the modern-day, dysfunctional woman.