Here’s the news release for this year’s Hall of Fame and Silver Pen Award ceremony (copy and paste the link, if necessary):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2011
Former Atlantan Shines a Light on the Darker Recesses of Las Vegas
Matthew O’Brien, who graduated from Decatur High School in 1988, is returning over Labor Day Weekend to participate in the 2011 Decatur Book Festival. Matt will read from and discuss his latest book, My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas (Huntington Press, 2010), a collection of creative-nonfiction stories set in the darker corners of Sin City that most visitors, and even Las Vegas locals, seldom see or hear about.
O’Brien, who played on Georgia State University’s 1991 NCAA tournament basketball team, moved to Las Vegas in 1997 and quickly became one of the city’s best-known journalists. In 2007 he authored his first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas, which garnered international interest and acclaim for chronicling the city’s underground flood-channel culture, which he explored for more than four years after discovering a subterranean parallel universe co-existing beneath the bright lights of the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Matt is also founder of Shine a Light, a community project that provides housing, drug counseling, and other services to the hundreds of people who live in the drains. The project is a collaboration between O’Brien and charity organization HELP of Southern Nevada.
Matt’s reading and talk will take place from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, in the auditorium of Decatur High School. He will sign copies of both books immediately afterward.
For more information, visit www.beneaththeneon.com or contact Jessica Roe at 702-252-0655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book is at the printer, but should ship out soon. Here’s the Huntington Press news release announcing the publishing of the book:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Matthew O’Brien to Release Creative-Nonfiction Collection Revealing Unexpected, Darker Side of Las Vegas
Las Vegas—Matthew O’Brien’s creative non-fiction collection My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas (Huntington Press, $14.95) will hit shelves on November 1st. The book chronicles O’Brien’s off-the-beaten-path adventures into gritty and surprising Vegas settings, such as the central sewage plant, the blue-collar strip club Larry’s Villa, the Blue Angel Motel, and the drainage tunnels under the Strip.
By boldly delving into the broken and disenfranchised side of the city, O’Brien uncovers unexpected beauty in the hidden world beyond the neon facade.
The book also features more than 30 artistic shots from veteran photographer Bill Hughes.
O’Brien’s first book, Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas (now in its fifth printing), told the story of the shocking number of people living in the drainage tunnels underneath Las Vegas, garnering attention from more than 100 media outlets, including Publisher’s Weekly, Der Spiegel, ABC News, Le Monde, the BBC, CNN, and The New York Times.
Inspired to help the people living in the tunnels, O’Brien founded the Shine a Light community project in 2009. In collaboration with HELP of Southern Nevada, the project provides housing, drug counseling, and other services to the underground homeless. For more information on Matthew O’Brien’s books and outreach program, visit www.beneaththeneon.com.
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Here’s the Huntington Press news release about my story collection. More info on the book to follow over the next few months.
For Immediate Release
Huntington Press Announces Release Date for
My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas
by Matthew O’Brien
Las Vegas – Acclaimed author Matthew O’Brien (Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas) will release his newest title, My Week at the Blue Angel: And Other Stories from the Storm Drains, Strip Clubs, and Trailer Parks of Las Vegas, on October 25, 2010.
This creative nonfiction story collection boldly explores the disenfranchised and broken side of Las Vegas while highlighting the unexpected beauty in a neon wasteland, forging a path into a hidden world beneath the city, and lending a voice to the voiceless masses rarely seen.
O’Brien, founder of Shine a Light—an organization that aids the many men and women living in the flood channels of Las Vegas—has already gained recognition for one of the stories in the collection, “Another Day on Paradise,” in the form of a fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council.
Beneath the Neon, also published by Huntington Press, is an internationally acclaimed nonfiction book that received rave reviews from numerous publications and media outlets, including E!, Publishers Weekly, and Wired magazine.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Heidi@HuntingtonPress.com or 702-252-0655