08/29/19 4:30pm

Friday Night Dialogues on Friday, Aug. 30 will feature author Richard Zoglin discussing Elvis in Vegas.

Forty-two years after his death, Elvis Presley is still a strong presence in Las Vegas. You may have an Elvis impersonator escort you down the aisle and preside at your wedding. You can attend an Elvis tribute show or go to Madame Tussauds to have your picture taken with one of two Elvis wax figures. But do you know the real story of Elvis in Las Vegas?

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08/29/19 2:00pm

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The Shelter Island Lions Club presents its annual Snapper Derby on Saturday, Aug. 31.

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LONG LIVE THE KING

The Shelter Island Library presents Richard Zoglin discussing his new book “Elvis in Vegas” during the next Friday Night Dialogue on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior and eventually his fatal overdose. But in Elvis in Vegas, Richard Zoglin takes an alternate view, arguing that Vegas is where the King of Rock and Roll resurrected his career, reinvented himself as a performer, and created the most exciting show in Vegas history.

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