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The Vegas Valley Book Festival, now in its fourteenth year, is a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word. The festival has networked together a community-wide consortium of cultural organizations and sponsors to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for literature” through a wide range of programs built around sharing resources, developing audiences, advancing the craft of writing, and sharing the joys of reading. This annual festival is the largest literary event in Nevada, drawing more that 10,000 attendees during the season. Since its founding in 2002, the festival has presented over 800 authors and speakers and has produced or sponsored over 500 events, sessions, readings, workshops, and book signings. The festival is free and open to the public.



Kenneth Kit Lamug – Author: A Box Story Kenneth Kit Lamug is a photographer, writer, filmmaker and illustrator based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to the U.S. with his parents and siblings in 1996. His art and photography has been showcased in many exhibits throughout the world. Recently, his illustrations won first place of the 2011 Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival Badge Art Competition and 2011 Nevada SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Identity contest. His photography was also featured in National Public Radio, won the 2011 Best of Show for Black and White Art Night, and was a finalist in the 2010 Photographers Forum Magazine “Best of Photography” International competition. He is a regular contributor for Underneath a Juniper Tree, an online children’s literature magazine. He currently resides in Las Vegas with his wife and three boys. APPEARING 12:30-3 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES CHILDREN’S TENT

Dana Bullinger – Illustrator Picking Apples with Daddy Dana Bullinger is an artist who creates illustrations using paper. Her process begins with sketches of the illustration and color palette selection. The illustration then comes to life using a unique process of layering meticulously cut paper pieced together using glue. Dana illustrated her first picture book, Picking Apples with Daddy, written by Tawnya Shaw, available on Amazon. She lives with her boyfriend and cat in Las Vegas. Find out more about Dana on her website APPEARING 10-12:15 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES CHILDREN’S TENT

Jackie Carr – Author: Martyr, Patterson Reeling A Las Vegas native, Jackie Carr is the author of the sci-fi epic Martyr and short story Patterson Reeling. He is currently working on new material that is geared toward the science fiction, drama, and horror genres, with the primary audience of his works being that of young adult and middle grade fiction. APPEARING 10-12:15 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES ADULT AUTHOR TENT

Noriko and Don Carroll – Author/Photographer First Flight: A Mother Hummingbird’s Story Noriko and Don Carroll are a husband-and-wife creative team of photo-illustrators. They moved from New York City to Las Vegas in 2002, never expecting that their first project literally would come to roost on their own back porch. Together, Noriko and Don wrote and illustrated Happy Birthday, the Cat. Don is also the coauthor of Focus on Special Effects. APPEARING 10-12:15 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES ADULT AUTHOR TENT

Stephen Murray – Author Chapel of Eternal Love: Wedding Stories from Las Vegas Author Stephen Murray was born in England, raised in Southern Africa and has travelled throughout the world. The software company owner shares some poignant, heart-wrenching and humorous, fictional stories of couples who tie the knot in a Las Vegas wedding chapel in his novel “The Chapel of Eternal Love: Wedding Stories from Las Vegas.” APPEARING 10-12:15 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES ADULT AUTHOR TENT

Paul Papa – Author It Happened in Las Vegas: Remarkable Events that Shaped History and others. Paul W. Papa is an American storyteller who has lived in Las Vegas for more than 20 years. He started his writing career as a security officer for the historic Sands Hotel & Casino. It was through documenting the numerous activities that occurred on the hotel property that Paul developed a love for writing true stories about uncommon events—the tales of America. In Paul’s books you will find fascinating stories that are uniquely American, presented in a way that makes them both engaging and informative. When not at his keyboard lost in an intriguing tale, Paul can be found on the trails of Bootleg Canyon riding his mountain bike, hiking around Red Rock Canyon or on the waters of the Colorado in his kayak. APPEARING 12:30-3 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES LIBRARY ADULT AUTHOR TENT

Katie Salidas — Las Vegas Native, Katie Salidas is a Jill of all trades. Mother to three, wife to one, and slave to the craft of writing, she tries to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Author of the Immortalis series, Chronicles of the Uprising, and various other paranormal works; wiring is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment. APPEARING 10-12:15 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES ADULT AUTHOR TENT

Morgan St. James – Author A Corpse in the Soup (Silver Sisters Mystery Series) and Bumping Off Fat Vinny, among other fiction and non-fiction titles. A frequent speaker and panel member at conferences, writer’s groups and events she currently has fourteen books in publication. She currently resides in Las Vegas, with her husband and Dylan the Dog who rules the household. She is on the Board of Writers of Southern Nevada, and belongs to multiple writers’ groups. She has written over 600 published articles about the business and craft of writing. Her columns in were so well received that she wrote Writers’ Tricks of the Trade, as a helpful handbook for writers at all career stages. APPEARING 12:30-3 — HENDERSON LIBRARIES ADULT AUTHOR TENT

Danielle Wagasky – Author Living a Beautiful Life on Less: The Blissful and Domestic Guide to Food, Fun, and Finances Danielle is a self-proclaimed budgeting diva, who has learned through experience how to make frugal living work. She started her blog, Blissful and Domestic, in 2009 as a way to document her frugal journey. Little did she know it would turn into a labor of love, where she shares daily tips and tricks to help people learn to create a beautiful life on less. She continues to share this knowledge through teaching others how to budget in her community and at church. She lives in Henderson, Nevada with her Hubby and two redheads.



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