Looking for new year’s reading? Try these local authors

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Looking to read more books in 2019? We’re here to help with a roundup of Las Vegas or Nevada-related books that you may have missed in 2018. If you’d like extra guidance, or just a sense of togetherness, Nevada Humanities just announced a statewide book club called Nevada Reads, and it features one of the below books, Willy Vlautin’s Dont Skip Out On Me. Without further ado, here’s your new reading list:


Authors Randall Cannon and Michael Gerry present this colorful history, Stardust International Raceway: Motorsports Meets the Mob in Vegas, 1965-1971 (McFarland).

Las Vegan Joanne Gilbert released a revised and expanded edition of her book Women Of Valor: Polish Jewish Resisters to the Third Reich (Center Point Pub).

Las Vegas writer Jeanette Schneider wrote a self-help book based on the power of story, Lore: Harnessing Your Past to Create Your Future Paperback (Balboa Press)

Get your mind around Nevada politics with the latest edition of the definitive book on the topic, Sagebrush State: Nevada’s History, Government and Politics (University of Nevada Press), by Michael W. Bowers.


Northern Nevada author and musician Willy Vlautin wrote a novel, Don’t Skip Out On Me (HarperCollins), about reinvention, identity and a Nevada sheep ranch. The paperback edition will be released this February.

Las Vegan P. Curry presents his debut novel Calliope Of Atalan: The American Dream (Vital Narrative), a family drama about a teenage writer.


Las Vegas transplant Noah Cicero offered up a unique and nature-inspired poetry collection Nature Documentary (Createspace Independent Pub).

Heather Lang Cassera presents origin story as poetry in I Was the Girl with the Moon-Shaped Face (Zeitgeist Press).

Jennifer Battisti writes poems about motherhood and Las Vegas in Echo Bay (Tolsun Books).

Plutonium & Platinum Blonde (Serving House Books), a debut chapbook by Angela M. Brommel, explores themes of “gurlesque,” the desert and pop culture.

Former Clark County Poet Bruce Isaacson has a new book of poems out, Prayers (Zeitgeist Press).

Poet and psych-rock drummer James Norman wrote All the Broken Fire Escapes to Heaven in One Room (Zeitgeist Press).

Pupa (Anhinga Press) is a new book of poetry out by Samuel Piccone, an instructor at Nevada State College.


This incredible art, essay and fiction anthology deserves a place on every Las Vegans shelves: Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology (Image Comics).

Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories from the Southwest (University of New Mexico Press) is a great compilation of stories from our region. Edited by D. Seth Horton and Brett Garcia Myhren.

Geoff Schumacher and Scott Dickensheets edited the annual Las Vegas Writes anthology, which is part of the Las Vegas Book Festival. This year’s installation, Live Through This: An Anthology of Unnatural Disasters: Stories and Essays by Las Vegas Writers (Huntington Press). (Full disclosure: I wrote an essay that appears in this collection.)


Westside Slugger: Joe Neal's Lifelong Fight for Social Justice by John L. Smith (University of Nevada Press, January 7)

Life is a Country Western Song by H. Lee Barnes (Baobab Press, February 12)

The Boys Who Woke Up Early by AD Hopkins (IImbrifex Books, March 3)

Basque Immigrants and Nevada's Sheep Industry: Geopolitics and the Making of an Agricultural Workforce, 1880-1954 by Iker Saitua (University of Nevada Press, March 20)

Because the Light Will Not Forgive Me: A Poet's Essays by Shaun T. Griffin (University of Nevada Press, June 5)

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