Desert Companion - February 2012
Your guide to living in southern Nevada
An International Center for Creative Writers and Scholars at the university of nevada, las vegas Spring 2012 Reading “Emerging Writers Series: Blake Butler” Blake Butler is the author of There is No Year, Ever, and Scorch Atlas, which was named “Novel of the Year” by 3:AM Magazine and was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. Blake is also the editor of HTMLGIANT, “the internet literature magazine blog of the future” as well as Lamination Colony and No Colony. His writing has appeared in The Believer, Unsaid, Fence, and the New York Tyrant and has been short-listed for The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Wednesday, Feb 8, 7 p.m. Greenspun Auditorium Panel “Female Novelists in the Twenty-First Century” Black Mountain Institute is pleased to present a conversation about the female voice and its evolution in fiction with Mary Gaitskill, author of the short-story collection and PEN/Faulkner Award nomination Because They Wanted To, Sarah Shun-lien Bynam, National Book Award finalist and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Madeleine is Sleeping, and Cheryl Strayed, Great Lakes Book Award finalist for her novel, Torch. Maile Chapman, author of the much-heralded first novel Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto and assistant professor of creative writing at UNLV, will moderate the discussion. Thursday, Feb 22, 7 p.m. UNLV Student Union Ballroom Mixed Media Performance featuring BMI’s Gallagher Fellow, Kris Saknusssemm Kris Saknussemm will be joined by tenor saxophonist, Eric Wyatt, among others for an original mixed-media performance from Kris’ latest novel, Reverend America. Kris is an AustralianAmerican novelist and media artist. Educated at Dartmouth with an M.A. from the University of Washington, Saknussemm has published three novels and a short story collection. His first novel, Zanesville (Villard Books, a division of Random House, 2005), became a modern science fiction cult classic. His work has appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and Prairie Schooner. A champion of outsider art, Saknussemm’s writing is known for its bizarre imagery and fierce satire. Tuesday, Mar 13, 7 p.m. Greenspun Hall Auditorium Panel “Is Moderation Possible in American Politics” Black Mountain Institute is pleased to present an open discussion between commentators Juan Williams, currently of Fox News and lately of NPR, Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Kathleen Parker, lately of Spitzer/Parker fame on CNN about the possibility of moderation in American Politics today. Williams has covered major political campaigns from 1980-2000 and his television documentaries such as Civil Rights and Press and Dying for Healthcare have received critical praise; Ornstein has published The Permanent Campaign and its Future, co-authored The Broken Branch: How Congress is Failing American and How to Get it Back on Track, and is a weekly contributor to Roll Call. Parker, winner of the prestigious H. L. Mencken Writing Award in 1993 and the Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary, was named one of the nation’s Top Five Columnists in both 2004 and 2005; her column is syndicated and published in over 400 newspapers. This event will be moderated by Patricia Cunningham, the “Queen of Talk” and host of the popular radio show, the Patricia Cunningham Show, discussing news and community issues in Las Vegas. Thursday, Mar 22, 7 p.m. Stan Fulton Building— International Gaming Institute Ballroom Reading “Emerging Writers Series: Lara Glenum” Lara Glenum, Fullbright Fellow and NEA Translation Fellow, is the author of The Hounds of No and Maximum Gaga. Lara’s writing pushes the boundaries of gender politics and poetics through the use of the sublime and the grotesque. She is also the co-editor (with Arielle Greenberg) of the anthology Gurlesque, which promotes a reimagined feminist aesthetic, which blurs the boundaries between femininity, burlesque, and the grotesque. Wednesday, Apr 18, 7 p. m. Greenspun Hall Auditorium all events are free, unticketed, and open to the public Presented with generous support from Nevada Public Radio, Las Vegas CityLife, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Caesars Foundation. Call (702) 895-5542 for more information about our events.