THE AUTHOR OF THE YELLOW HOUSE IN CONVERSATIONWITH CLAYTEE WHITE
In 1961, Sarah M. Broom’s mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. The Yellow House tells the story of Broom’s family and their relationship to home in one of America’s most mythologized cities. The Yellow House is a memoir of place, class, race, inequality, and internalized shame. Join Black Mountain Institute and The Writer's Block as Broom discusses her debut work with distinguished oral historian Claytee White.
Sarah M. Broom’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Oxford American and O The Oprah Magazine, among others. A native New Orleanian, she received her Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, and was lead writer for Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans. She has been awarded fellowships at Djerassi Resident Artists Program and The MacDowell Colony. She now lives in Woodstock, New York.
This event is free and open to the public.
ROCKY LANG & BARBARA HALL
Thursday September 26 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
THE “ACT LIKE AN AUTHOR, THINK LIKE A BUSINESS” CONFERENCE WELCOMES ROCKY LANG AND BARBARA HALL.
A presentation and Q&A with author and Hollywood producer Rocky Lang and film historian Barbara Hall, co-authors of Letters from Hollywood.
A collection unlike any other, Letters from Hollywood reproduces rare correspondence between some of the most notable and talented film industry names of all time—from the silent era to the Golden Age, and up through the pre-email days of the 1970s. Culled from university libraries, archives, and personal collections by filmmaker Rocky Lang and archivist Barbara Hall, this is the first time most of these letters, memos, and telegrams have been printed in full, with many having never been seen by the greater public until now.
Join both Rocky and Barbara for a highly entertaining and informative evening as they discuss not only the book itself, and the details and experiences of putting a book of this nature together, but as they open themselves up to a Q&A regarding authorship, the film industry, and, of course, Hollywood. You won’t want to miss this memorable experience as these two amazing authors grace the Las Vegas literary and film community with their book-tour stop at the “Act Like an Author, Think Like a Business” 2019 Conference.
This is a book-with-ticket event. $40 admission includes a copy of Letters from Hollywood. Additional copies will be available for purchase at the event.
THE BELIEVER PRESENTS: SUSAN STEINBERG
Thursday October 03 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
THE AUTHOR OF MACHINE IN CONVERSATION WITH STEVE WOODWARD
Black Mountain Institute and The Writer’s Block are proud to present fiction writer Susan Steinberg. Machine, Steinberg’s first novel, surveys guilt and blame in the wake of tragedy. In lean, acrobatic prose, Steinberg subverts assumptions about narrative and challenges conventional gender roles. Join us as she discusses her work with Graywolf Press editor Steve Woodward.
Susan Steinberg is the author of Machine, Spectacle, Hydroplane, and The End of Free Love. She is the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship, a National Magazine Award, and a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the University of San Francisco.
This event is free and open to the public.
THE VINYL SAY WITH RASAR AMANI
Friday October 04 | 6:00PM - 8:30PM
RECORDS + RHYMES + REVIEWS EVERY FIRST FRIDAY AT THE WRITER’S BLOCK
Every first Friday of the month, join us for a collision between music, history, and artistry as industry veteran and renowned hip hop chronicler Rasar Amani (front man of Las Vegas’s own The Lique) explores some of the most transformative albums of yesterday and today through reviews, hot takes, Q&A’s, and special performances with notable Las Vegas musicians.
Featuring in September
Records by: DJ Mr. Vibe
Rhymes from: Rasar Amani + musical accompaniment
Reviews with: @spxtrm
Featured Album: Black on Both Sides by Mos Def
Megan Merchant holds an MFA from UNLV and was the winner of the 2017 Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, the 2016-2017 Cog Literary Award, and the Las Vegas Poets Prize. Join us for Merchant’s return to Las Vegas in anticipation of her latest book, Bleuet/Bluetiful/Blue, available March 2020.
Megan Merchantis the editor of Pirene's Fountain, an editor at The Comstock Review, and the author of four chapbooks: Translucent, sealed; Unspeakable Light; In the Rooms of a Tiny House; and A Thousand Paper Cranes. Her ﬁrst children’s book, These Words I Shaped For You, is now available with Penguin Random House.
Saturday October 19 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM
DAYS OF AWE: AN AFTERNOON WITH A.M. HOMES AT THE LAS VEGAS BOOK FESTIVAL
“What I'm doing,” A.M. Homes said in a 2013 interview for The Guardian, “which sometimes makes people uncomfortable, is saying the things we don't want to say out loud.” The author of 13 books, including novels, story collections, and the best-selling memoir The Mistress’s Daughter, Homes finds paths out of ordinary life straight into the deepest woods of secrets, fantasies, and yearnings. Her latest collection, Days of Awe, alludes in its title to the holiest period of the Jewish year but also anchors itself in the ongoing, everyday states of awe that Homes wants to evoke and pay respect to. Join us for a reading and conversation with Homes at theLas Vegas Book Festival, introduced by several short readings by Las Vegas writers who will offer their most indelible encounters with “awe.”
A. M. Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know.
In this special evening, artist Matt Huynh will debut a cinematic, interactive comic about growing up in a community of Vietnam War refugees resettled in Victoria, Australia. Kristen Radtke, The Believer’s art director, will interview Huynh after his presentation.
Matt Huynh is a Sydney-born, New York-based visual artist and storyteller. His bold brush and ink paintings are informed by calligraphic Eastern sumi-e ink traditions, as well as the mechanical reproduction of popular Western comic books and their limitations. Huynh’s work has been exhibited by the MoMA, The Smithsonian, The Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the New York Historical Society.
Kristen Radtkeis the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This. She is the art director and deputy publisher of The Believer magazine. She is at work on a graphic essay collection, Seek You: Essays on American Loneliness, and Terrible Men, a graphic novel, both forthcoming from Pantheon.
The Writer’s Block will be selling books at the door.
THE HOOT MUSIC SERIES
Friday October 25 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
A MONTHLY MUSIC SERIES HOSTED BY THE WRITER'S BLOCK FEATURING LOCAL AND TOURING MUSICIANS.
September guests: Drowsy, Evet + Ted, Farris, and Cloud Clinic
The Hoot is free, accessible to all-ages, and open to the public.
The Writer's Block
519 S. 6th Street, Ste. 100 Las Vegas NV 89101 USA