Dennis Lehane shares his thoughts on writing at the Clark County Library in November 2010.

This year, the 2010 Vegas Valley Book Festival boasted 100 authors, 100 events and ten thousand participants. Where else can you catch the Mayor reading haiku? Celebrity Chef Rick Moonen and buddies holding a community grill event called Feasting on Words? Hear about the writing process from award-winning novelists Dennis Lehane and T. J. Boyle? Catch a writer's workshop or a children's book author reading? Mingle with the manga and comic book crowd?

Dennis Lehane (second from left) with Library Executive Director Jeanne Goodrich (left), Nevada Humanities Executive Director Christina Barr (right), and Library Foundation President Tim Wong.

The Vegas Valley Book Festival is the largest literary event in the state and an unprecedented regional collaboration among the producing partners Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, City of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Humanities, and Black Mountain Institute and contributing partners such as the Library Foundation, Smith Center, KNPR, local comic book shops and many others.

This year the Library Foundation hosted a reception for author Dennis Lehane, whose new work, Moonlight Mile, picks up where his earlier novel Gone, Baby, Gone left off. Now a father himself,

Lehane's new novel explores the ethics of parenthood and new twists in the relationships, politics and underworld of this Boston-based tale.

Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids, Lisa Habighorst and Laurie Hartig accept the Crystal Bookmark Award from Nevada Humanities Executive Director, Christina Barr.

The Festival also awarded the Crystal Bookmark Award to an organization and individual that have made major contributions to the encouragement of reading in the community through service or through a body of work that enriches, clarifies, or encourages reading and writing in and about the Vegas Valley. This year's awards went to Nevada Kids to Kids, an organization that distributes books through schools, and local lawyer/author/blogger/literary enthusiast Dayvid Figler.

Spread the Word Nevada is an organization dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by getting books into the hands and homes of children in Southern Nevada's at-risk, low income communities. As the economy tumbles and more families are in distress here, this organization's work is expanding through collaboration, mentorship and family partnerships.

Dayvid Figler

Dayvid Figler is a well-known slam poet and traveling urban storyteller, who also occasionally practices law. He is the author of Grope, a novel published by Future Tense Books, and has stories and poems in a number of anthologies. He is a featured commentator on Nevada Public Radio, winning Electronic Media Awards for his broadcast essays. He tours the U.S. and Nevada on the festival circuit, and participates in the Nevada Arts Council's Tumblewords initiative.