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2023 Las Vegas Book Festival Will Offer Bilingual and Diverse Programming

The Las Vegas Book Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a variety of diverse discussions as well as bilingual workshops and musical performances.

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Terry McMillan, Malcolm Nance, Rebecca Yarros And Ana Reyes Will Headline

Terry McMillan, Malcolm Nance, Rebecca Yarros, And Ana Reyes Will Headline

LAS VEGAS – Oct. 5, 2023 – The Las Vegas Book Festival returns Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a variety of diverse discussions as well as bilingual workshops and musical performances. The free annual event is held downtown at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., and is open to all ages.

This year’s festival headliners include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” author Terry McMillan, bestselling author and terrorism/counter-terrorism/extremism consultant Malcolm Nance, “Fourth Wing” author Rebecca Yarros and Reese’s Book Club pick Ana Reyes.

There will be bilingual offerings throughout the day:

  • Vianney Harelly will host a Spanish/bilingual writing exercise to encourage participants to delve into their hearts and memories and then write a letter/poem/story to the child within us as a way to reconnect and heal. The poet and visual artist also will put her talent for translanguaging into practice while reading her work “Here Are The Tears I You We Didn’t Cry.”
  • Latin GRAMMY Award-winner MISTER G will perform in English and Spanish for all ages. He also will be joined by MISSUS G for a workshop on how educators can use music, movement, and storytelling to enliven their classrooms, story times and other learning environments.
  • Anthology authors featured in “Sana Sana: Latinx Pain and Radical Visions for Healing and Justice” will discuss their contributions to the book.

Additionally, the festival will feature discussions with diverse authors:

  • “Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science” – Dr. Jessica Hernandez will discuss her book with moderator Victoria Flores.
  • “Love and Lassos” – Bestselling Black authors will discuss their cowboy romance novels.
  • “Women Behind The Mic” – Join Vida Dyson-Nash, Dr. Stone Love and Gwedolyn Quinn, women who have left an indelible mark on the music and entertainment industry, as they share their wild and intimate stories from Volume One of their book series “Word To The Wise,” which aims to write these women back into history and celebrate their achievements. Moderated by Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire.
  • “Writing Resistance: How Black Women Are Using The Craft As Liberation” – Vogue Robinson moderates a conversation with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and LaLa Thomas.

Graphics for these panels are available herefull schedule of festival activities is available online. For updates and more information on the book festival, visit www.lasvegasbookfestival.com. Keep up with festival news on Facebook and X (#VegasBookFest).

Produced by the city of Las Vegas, Nevada Humanities and The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, the Las Vegas Book Festival also is supported by media sponsors, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal/Las Vegas Sun, Audacy Radio and The CW/News 3. For updates and information, visit lasvegasbookfestival.com.

About the Las Vegas Book Festival

The Las Vegas Book Festival is the largest literary event in Nevada, presented by the city of Las Vegas, The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE and Nevada Humanities, along with many sponsors and supporters. This 22nd annual celebration of the written, spoken and illustrated word is free and open to all ages. Through the years, the festival has presented countless well-known authors, panel discussions, readings, workshops and book signings. Topics of interest include politics, social issues, history, popular fiction, cooking and science fiction. There is something for everyone. For information, please visit lasvegasbookfestival.com. Keep up with festival news on Facebook and X (#VegasBookFest).

About The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE

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The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE was established in 2018 as a vehicle for corporate and philanthropic partners to support innovative programs that improve the quality of life for all Las Vegas residents, with a special focus on vulnerable populations. The Mayor’s Fund creates opportunities for public-private partnerships as well as donations of cash, time, and in-kind goods and services. Guided by a diverse group of community leaders who serve as members of the fund’s advisory committee, the fund targets specific community needs with the goal of making Las Vegas a national leader in four areas:  livability, innovation, future, and education. The Nevada Community Foundation, a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, serves as The Mayor’s Fund fiscal agent, receiving all private donations. Donations to the Nevada Community Foundation for The Mayor’s Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For information, visit MayorsFundLV.org

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