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Literary Tourist Day in Las Vegas

Check out the Literary Tourist listings map for Las Vegas here.

One way to start off the day is with a good breakfast at the Bellagio

on The Strip. Food is excellent, the options plentiful, and the Murano glass ceiling

in the lobby as you head into the restaurant, is gorgeous.

There are a surprising number of decent rare/used bookshops in Vegas, starting with Bauman Rare Books, located nearby on The Strip in the Palazzo’s high-end shopping mall – which makes sense given that Bauman’s owns the high-end

of the book business – the shop is more special collections library than anything else, except here, of course, you can buy the books! As manager

Rebecca Romney explained, Baumans specializes in high-spot literature – typically the ‘best’ work by the best authors in the best condition. As a result you can expect big tickets, but you can also expect that the books you buy will hold their value.

Moving off The Strip, other shops in town worth visiting include the Amber Unicorn

with its enormous cook book selection; Plaza Books,

Greyhound’s Books,

and the spacious

Dead Poet Books. All are clean, well organized affairs, all offer interesting stock. Toward mid-afternoon I hit

Academy Fine Books. It’s located across the road from this 

amazing creature who signals The Blue Angel Motel (now empty). Academy is decidedly disorganized, and as such, more of a treasure hunt than the other stores. Turned out to be my favourite. I pulled out this desirable E. McKnight Hauffer cover

for $10 (later printing, unfortunately, but still a lovely find).

Depending upon how bagged you are from all the browsing, you might want to check out

Las Vegas Shakespeare. It hosts and produces an interesting lineup of theatrical and musical performances throughout the year. The studio is located across the road from the

Neon Museum, another place worth visiting.

Stay tuned for ‘Literary Tourist: Another day in Vegas’

Check out the Literary Tourist listings map for Las Vegas here.

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