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Nov 29, 2013 3:02pm
THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE JFK ASSASSINATIONBy Lamar Waldron (Counterpoint, Published Nov. 22)The...
<p>Congresswoman Dina Titus, her book Bombs in the Backyard, and Atomic Liquors co-owner Derek Stonebarger.</p>


Updated: Nov 27, 2013 4:07pm
More than 25 years ago, a young UNLV academic wrote what has become an important book on...


Nov 06, 2013 4:52pm
If Bob Forrest were a fictional character, he’d be a beautiful loser: a drug-and-booze...
<p>In a book festival pre-event, Las Vegas writers, edited by panel moderator and former CityLife editor Scott Dickensheets, talk about books and writing on Thursday, Oct. 24. The nine writers contributed to an anthology looking at the many meanings of &amp;#8220;progress&amp;#8221; in a city that embodies it. This year&amp;#8217;s volume features writers Aurora Brackett, Henry Brean, Geoff Carter, Abigail Goldman, John Katsilometes, Rena Mason, Kris Saknussemm, Sarah Jane Woodall and Douglas Unger.</p>


Oct 31, 2013 7:48am
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Review: Former Gov. Bob Miller waxes about being the ‘Son of a Gambling Man’

May 15, 2013 3:07pm
FORMER GOV. BOB MILLER was never shy about his father: Ross Miller Sr. was a mob-connected, rough bar owner and bookmaker in Chicago who came to Las Vegas to work in the then-new casino industry,...

Review: Matthew Specktor’s new novel brilliantly dissects Hollywood

May 15, 2013 3:07pm
The title of Matthew Specktor’s sprawling, ambitious second novel, American Dream Machine, refers to the name of a Hollywood talent agency that’s at the core of the book, but it also refers to the...

Review: H. Lee Barnes explores the post-traumatic life of an MGM Grand fire survivor in new novel

May 08, 2013 6:54pm
It’s 1980, and Jude is a young blackjack dealer at the MGM Grand when a fire breaks out in the hotel. Unlike 85 others, he narrowly escapes the inferno, but emotionally he is deeply scarred by the...
<p>H. Lee Barnes. PHOTO: SAEED RAHBARAN</p>

‘What’s truest to me’: An interview with author H. Lee Barnes

Updated: May 15, 2013 1:35pm
I KNOW HIM AS LEE, or Barnes, and we’ve been friends since we met at a joint reading in a Las Vegas Book Festival a decade ago. I’d been so stunned by the power of his writing that I used part of my...

Trash Fiction Corner: David Baldaaci’s ‘The Hit’

May 01, 2013 8:07pm
BOOK: The Hit, by David Baldacci, Grand Central Publishing, 400 pagesBEST-SELLER STATUS: Too early to tell; it was published April 23, and the latest sales figures reflected by the New York Times...

A novelist’s memoir of his split life could use a little more life

May 01, 2013 7:46pm
Aleksandar Hemon might have titled his new essay collection Life Before and After Wartime, but he settled for The Book of My Lives.The plural speaks to his having grown up in Bosnia and matured in...

Name that poet

May 01, 2013 6:53pm
In a recent essay for The Millions, a literary website, humorist Patrick Wensink — honoring April as National Poetry Month — wrote about his lifelong aversion to poetry. This is where Las Vegas comes...
<p>Whitey Bulger: America&amp;#8217;s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice</p>

Book tells the convoluted tale of a gangster and his FBI pals

Updated: May 01, 2013 7:50pm
In 1999, the FBI placed four men on its Ten Most Wanted list. The first, James Kopp, who murdered an abortion doctor, was apprehended in France in 2001. The third, Angel Resendiz, a notorious serial...

Plant yourself with ‘Eating Vegan in Vegas’

Apr 10, 2013 8:03pm
Has Vegas evolved to where local diners can have one restaurant-prepared vegan meal per day for a year? That’s the premise behind herbivore Paul Graham’s new book, Eating Vegan in Vegas, inspired by...

Review: Karen Russell shows why there’s still life in the short story form

Mar 27, 2013 4:44pm
Every so often, in order to fill a few inches of space or post something to a blog, a writer will either declare that the short story is in the midst of a renaissance or that the “short story...