First Author, First Book: Veteran & Rookies

Sun., June 29
8:30-10 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N220

This traditional book event features first time authors Adi Alsaid, Kimberly Elkins, Oscar Goodman, and Jim McGinty, joined by veteran author Will Thomas. The program will be moderated by Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert. An author signing will follow. Some books will be given away and others will be sold at a generous discount.

Adi AlsaidAdi Alsaid

Let's Get Lost, Harlequin Teen/Harlequin
July 2014; $17.99; 978-0-037321-124-1

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City and studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating he moved to the California coastline to follow his dream of becoming become a writer, but eventually returned to his hometown, Mexico City, where he coaches middle school basketball and writes in his free time.





Kimberly Elkins (photo credit: Sarah Shatz)Kimberly Elkins

What is Visible, Twelve/Hachette
June 2014; $25; 978-1-45552-896-7

Kimberly Elkins was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and has published fiction and nonfiction in the Atlantic, Best New American Voices, Iowa Review, Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Village Voice, among others.



Oscar GoodmanOscar Goodman

Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas, Weinstein Books/Perseus
May 2013; $26; 978-1-60286-188-6

Oscar Goodman, the former mayor of Las Vegas, is now the official spokesperson for the city, a director emeritus of The Mob Museum, and the namesake for the restaurant “Oscar’s Beef, Booze & Broads.” His wife is the current mayor of Las Vegas, serving until 2016.





Jim McGintyJim McGinty

Right to Kill: A Brooklyn Tale, iUniverse
Dec. 2012; $16.95; 978-1-47595-953-6

Jim McGinty earned a BA, an MBA, and an honorary doctorate from St. John’s University in New York. A Vietnam vet, he retired as colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. His business career spans four decades as an executive with Dun & Bradstreet, CSA, and RR Bowker. He is currently vice chairman of Cambridge Information Group. Jim and his wife, Pat, reside in Vienna, Va.



Will ThomasWill Thomas

Fatal Enquiry, Minotaur/Macmillan
May 2014; $25.99; 978-1-25004-104-3

Will Thomas is the author of the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn series, including The Black Hand, The Hellfire Conspiracy, The Limehouse Text, To Kingdom Come, and the Shamus and Barry award-nominated Some Danger Involved. He works as a librarian in Oklahoma, where he lives with his family.