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Charlaine Harris

[Books] Thursday, Nov. 1

Harris has been doing paranormal romance since before Twilight was cool. Her first Sookie Stackhouse novel came out in 2001, and has since stretched into a dozen novels. The 13th, Dead Ever After, comes out in May 2012 and will be the last one. “I feel I’ve told Sookie’s story,” she says on her website’s FAQ. (Of course, Sookie’s story is also being told by the HBO series True Blood.) After that, interesting nuggest like this — “Everything’s variable when it comes to vampire blood being ingested by humans. There is no formula that says, for example, that 2 ounces of vamp blood will make every blood junkie go nuts” — will be of no use at all. On the other hand, after 30 incredibly productive years, Harris has published more than enough novels — sometimes featuring Southern librarians, other times amateur sleuth/martial-artist/house-cleaners — to keep fans busy.

Harris’s speech opens this year’s Vegas Valley Book Festival, which will close a few days later with an address by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad. In between will be a slate of panel discussions, conversations, readings and acitivities. See more at www.vegasvalleybookfestival.org. 7 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, free