First-time author’s ‘The End of Night’ shows appreciation for the night sky July 11

HENDERSON, Nev.  – Henderson Libraries welcomes Paul Bogard, author of “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light,” during a book signing and meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Paseo Verde Library, 280 S. Green Valley Parkway near the 215 Beltway.

Published by Little Brown and Company, Bogard’s first book is meant to restore awareness of the dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. As the editor of the anthology “Let There Be Light: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark,” Bogard found three-quarters of Americans’ eyes never switch to night vision due to the flood of artificial light. A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders, and many people – especially those is large cities – never see it at its full spectacle.

A native of Minnesota, Bogard grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin and North Carolina and is now assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

“Living in one of the brightest cities in America, many Las Vegans forget there is beauty in the desert night sky,” said Lisa Phelan, head of adult services for the Paseo Verde Library. “The libraries love to showcase authors and present their works to audiences, especially when it’s such an interesting subject and one patrons can walk out the door, look up and appreciate a little better.”

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates four locations throughout Henderson. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

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