Double Down posts in Mark Maynard

Nov 12, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Question 1 – Do you live in or within easy reach of Las Vegas?

Question 2 – Were you at the Vegas Valley Book Festival on 2nd November?

If the answer to question 1 is yes, and the answer to question 2 is no – good heavens, what were you thinking? 

This was my second year attending the festival.  It is such a fantastic event and I don’t say that just because my employer happens to be a festival founder - I’m a grump by nature so if I don’t like something, I’ll say it.  It’s full of interesting author talks, fascinating panel discussions, readings, storytelling, plus there’s stuff especially geared towards children, young adults, and comic book fans.  And it’s all free!!!

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Feb 17, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

Mark Maynard signing books at Sundance Books and Music in Reno, Nevada. Photograph courtesy of Scott Goodin

“The elder statesmen Bill Harrah and Harvey Gross had been dead for many years. The Mapes had been demolished and paved over. The big players, card counters, cheats, crime bosses, and small-time operators had all left town. The once glowing hotel towers, glass-walled ramparts that stood guarding the casinos hidden in their bowels, had been converted into artist lofts and condominiums. Many of these now sat empty, awaiting the next come-out roll in the never-ending craps game that used Virginia Street as its green felt table.”...