The Las Vegas Writes Project Live Through This: An Anthology of Unnatural Disasters Stores and Essays by Las Vegas Writers

The Writer’s Block
519 S. 6 th Street, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 PM

The Las Vegas Book Festival Presents Selected Readings.

Short stories and essays about how haywire Las Vegas can get!
Las Vegas was built on billions of intimate unnatural disasters―bad turns of the cards,
unfortunate rolls of the dice. In both fiction and essays, this wide-ranging anthology
extends the dynamic of unnatural disasters beyond the gaming parlors and into the
streets, homes, and other eccentric spaces of Las Vegas.
Among the nonfiction, you’ll descend into a decades-old atomic bunker, given new
relevance as international relations tense; meet a man tinkering with his own brain
chemicals in hopes of improving his chess game; follow a foster mother as she
negotiates the fraught relations with the drug-addicted biological mother of the children
in her care; gauge the meaning of post-shooting #VegasStrong through the lens of the
popular video game Fallout: New Vegas.

The fiction is equally eclectic, taking in the Las Vegas of the past (Bugsy Siegel and
Virginia Hill on the eve of the Flamingo’s opening), the present (a down-and-out barfly
drifts into danger as he investigates what appeared to be an accidental disaster), and
the future (an Oceans’ 11-style sci-fi romp). Together, these writings show some of the
many ways that life in Las Vegas is shaped by things going haywire―and, sometimes,
by how we overcome disaster.

Free and Open to the Public

Conversation moderated by Scott Dickensheets and Geoff Schumacher.
Megan Edwards
Kim Foster
John Hay
Jarret Keene
Andrew Kiraly
C. Moon Reed
Lissa Townsend Rodgers
Jason Scavone
David G. Schwartz
F. Andrew Taylor
Kristy Totten

Edited by Scott Dickensheets and Geoff Schumacher
Cover Image: Robert Beckmann
Publisher: Huntington Press

Las Vegas Writes Project credit:
Las Vegas Writes Project is supported by public funding for the literary arts through the
Las Vegas Book Festival, Nevada Humanities, the National Endowment for the
Humanities, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the city of Las Vegas Office of
Cultural Affairs, and Huntington Press.

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