Double Down posts from May 2014

May 28, 2014 | Posted by Karen Wikander

I was 22 the first time I heard Maya Angelou speak.

I had never read her books or poetry. This was pre-YouTube and Google so I had never searched for her online. Her name was familiar, but in the limited experience my 22 years on this Earth had afforded me, her significance had escaped me. In retrospect, given that I was an English major, this dearth of knowledge is disappointing. (I am chastising my younger self)

A friend of mine – one with more wisdom than I clearly had – recognized an incredible opportunity when Dr. Angelou came to Reno to speak at the University and had secured us tickets. I went because, why not? I had already been accepted into graduate school in England and was floating through those last few months of Uni, eager to participate in things before I...

May 21, 2014 | Posted by Nancy Cummings

[Nancy Cummings with George Woods, the New York Times Children’s Book Editor as dinner guests of the Lippincott Publishing Company at the 1973 ALA Conference in Las Vegas.]

This piece was written because after 41 years, the American Library Association is finally coming back to Las Vegas for its annual conference June, 2014.  It was considered a controversial site for years because of its “sin city” image and the ALA Administration steered clear of it as a location for future conferences.  That is no longer the case and Las Vegas is hosting the conference once again.  Here is a recollection of my experiences at the first ALA Las Vegas Conference.

Remembrances of Things Past:  American Library Association Conference—Las Vegas—1973

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May 8, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

In celebration of Nevada's 150th birthday and Historic Preservation month, Nevada Humanities, in partnership with Vegas Valley Food Tours and the City of Las Vegas, has created the Vintage Vegas Food Tour.

On Saturday May 10th and Saturday May 24th, from 4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m, we are offering a tour that explores Las Vegas restaurants which have withstood the test of time. Experience magnificent steakhouses, mom and pop ethnic eateries, and old-fashioned food shops that have been in the city for over 25 years. Between tastings, you will hear stories of the history and culture of Las Vegas from knowledgeable and entertaining guides, as you stroll through this downtown neighborhood.

By way of a “taster” (please excuse the pun), here are some short audio slideshows that offer...