Local author and Pastor Dennis Lee is very animated as he discusses his book “From Here to There” about spiritual transformation. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

The Eureka Resort Casino and the Rising Star Sports Ranch held their Second Annual Authorpalooza at the Rising Star on April 8 that included nearly twice as many self-published authors than the first. Along with the authors came several hundreds of books which held within their pages a variety of genres for the readers who came out in droves, making the second Authorpalooza a huge success.

Roo Arldege, director of Food and Beverage at the Eureka Resort Casino, is a self-published children’s book author who coordinated this event.

There was something for everyone from children’s books to spiritual journey led by Mesquite author and pastor, Dennis Lee. Books, book markers and goodies of all sorts to give away brought people to the tables where the self-published authors could give brief synopsis of their books and the inspiration they got to create them.

Guests who purchased books were entered into drawings for wonderful prizes such as bicycles, golf and spa packages.

A meet and greet was held afterward at the Season’s Ultra Lounge at the Eureka Casino where guests could indulge in wine, hors d’ oeuvres and conversation with the authors.

All proceeds from the booth rental and the Meet and Greet benefit the Mesquite Reads summer reading program which helps third grade elementary students attain higher reading levels.

For more information on the Mesquite Reads program or the Eureka’s Community Initiative program, contact the Eureka Resort at www.eurekamesquite.com.