Many authors call Las Vegas home and write on what they are passionate about, whether it is the history and personalities of Las Vegas, personal development, politics, fiction or educating children. Las Vegas authors also work in other careers simultaneously while writing books which add to their visibility. Mention the name of these authors and those who live in Southern Nevada will recognize them, even if they have not read their current book releases. Several authors appear in the national broadcast media, disproving the age old notion of “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
Oscar Goodman embodies what Las Vegas represents and he details his extraordinary life in his new book, “Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas.” Goodman is first known in Las Vegas as lawyer to the mob and for 35 years, represented “goodfellas” including Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, Meyer Lansky and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro. Goodman then transformed himself into the “happiest mayor of the country,” as he called himself, for the city of Las Vegas for 12 years. After his wife was elected mayor of Las Vegas in 2011, Goodman opened a steakhouse in downtown Las Vegas while continuing as an official spokesman for the city.
After a 20-year career, Robin Jay walked away from a six-figure income selling advertising to pursue her dream of becoming an author. She wrote “The Art of the Business Lunch – Building Relationships between 12 and 2” about capitalizing on how to have lunch with the right people and gain business and friendships. Jay’s philosophy is that lunch is the most important meal of the day when it comes to business; an accessible means to get a meeting with influential people and one of the best ways of creating and maintaining important relationships. Jay is also the publisher of “The Power of the Platform” anthology series that features advice from experts about business and personal development. She contributes to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and Las Vegas Business Press.
Wayne Allyn Root
Wayne Allyn Root calls himself a Reagan libertarian and appears regularly on network television and radio with his outspoken, conservative, libertarian views. He has written seven books including his latest release, “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide: How to Survive, Thrive, and Prosper during Obamageddon.” Along with his books about his political views, his books on gaming include “The Joy of Failure: How to Fail Your Way to the Top,” “The King of Vegas’ Guide to Gambling: How to Win Big at POKER, Casino Gambling & Life” and “Betting to Win on Sports.” Root also contributes commentaries and opinion pieces on digital news/political sites and newspapers.
John L. Smith
Long-time columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper, John L. Smith, is a fourth-generation Nevadan who has written 10 books about Las Vegas and its colorful characters, including Bob Stupak, Oscar Goodman, Steve Wynn and the Ted Binion murder case. He has also written the very personal book, “Amelia’s Long Journey: Stories about a brave girl and her fight against cancer,” about his adopted daughter, who is currently in recovery. As a result, Smith volunteers for a number of organizations devoted to helping children diagnosed with cancer.
A meteorologist on broadcast television in Las Vegas since 1994, Kevin Janison also writes the “Deputy Dorkface” children’s book series about a grumpy official who bans water in the first book (about personal hygiene), bans dessert in the second book (about healthy eating) and demonstrates the need for good manners in the third book. Janison regularly reads to elementary school classes and is very active in reaching out to children with his messages.
Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.