UCR faculty, staff and alumni will be in attendance at the LA Times Festival of Books – 71Bait

This year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books features a star-studded cast from UC Riverside.

Nineteen UCR faculty, staff and alumni will participate in this annual literary event, held at the University of Southern California. More than 550 authors, poets, artists, chefs, celebrities and musicians will gather on April 23rd and 24th. See all the details: LA Times Festival of Books.

Tickets: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Highlander representation at LATFOB:
Saturday, April 23rd

Amir Zaki
Amir Zaki ’96 is a practicing artist based in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and has exhibited nationally and internationally ever since. Zaki has had over 30 solo exhibitions at institutions and galleries including Mak Center Schindler House, Doyle Arts Pavilion, Dalian Modern Museum (China), and ACME Gallery. His latest book is the monograph Building+Becoming, which will be available on April 26th. He is a professor of photography in the Department of Art.
Details: 2:00 pm “Bauen+Werden” official release and book signing. Booth no. 183. Read more about “Building+Werden”.

David L Ulin
David L. Ulin is the former Los Angeles Times Book Critic. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author or editor of nine books, including Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, the novella Labyrinth, and The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time. He teaches low residency at UCR Palm Desert’s MFA program.
Details: 12:00 – 13:00 Untold Stories: Building a Publishing Pipeline – Panel 1052 – TICKET REQUIRED. Ronald Tutor Campus Center. And 3-4pm Writing the Present: Christos Ikonomou, Maggie Nelson & Christopher Merrill – Panel 1144 – TICKET REQUIRED. Albert and Dana Broccoli Theater.

Heather Scott Partington
Heather Scott Partington is an author, teacher, and book critic. Her reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, The Star Tribune, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Heather was the 2019-2020 residency critic for UCR Palm Desert’s low-resident MFA program.
Details: 12-1pm Fiction: Things Are Not As They Seem – Panel 1022 – TICKET REQUIRED. city ​​and dress

Keenan Norris
Keenan Norris is a writer, essayist and scholar. His latest novel is The Confession of Copeland Cane. His forthcoming book, Chi Boy: Native Sons and Chicago Reckonings, is due out in November. Norris’ essay “One Coyote” won a 2021 Folio: Eddie Award for Best Overall Article/Article of Special Interest and was a finalist for a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award. He holds an MFA from UCR’s MFA programme.
Details: 12:00 – 13:00 Fiction: Growing Up and Finding Your Way – Panel 1142 – TICKET REQUIRED. Albert and Dana Broccoli Theater

Mark Haskell Smith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and the Literary Hub. He is an associate professor in the MFA program in writing and writing for the performing arts at the UCR Palm Desert MFA program with low residency.
Details: 12:00 – 13:00 Arts & Culture: Comedy Through the Ages – Panel 1072 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123. Also 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fiction: Finding the Funny – Panel 2073 – REQUIRED TICKET. Seeley G Mudd 123

Natasha Deon
Natashia Deón is an NAACP Image Award nominee, practicing criminal defense attorney and author of the critically acclaimed novels Grace, which won 2016 New York Times Best Book and American Library Association Black Caucus Best Debut Novel, and The Perishing” (Counterpoint Press 2021). She holds a low residency MFA from the UCR Palm Desert MFA program.
Details: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Things aren’t what they seem – Panel 1022 – TICKET REQUIRED
city ​​and dress

Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of nearly thirty novels and collections. He is an NEA award winner, has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the LA Times Ray Bradbury Prize, the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, among others. He is currently a visiting faculty member at UCR Palm Desert’s low-residency MFA program.
Details: 11 – noon. Science Fiction: The Dark Heart of the Story – Panel 1101 – TICKET REQUIRED. Bowling Hall 101

Suzanne Straight
Susan Straight is the author of several novels, including the national bestseller Highwire Moon, a National Book Award finalist, and A Million Nightingales, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and the memoir Into the Land of Women. Her new novel “Mecca” was published in March. She is a distinguished professor at the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 4:30pm – 5:30pm Michael Connelly, Author of ‘The Dark Hours’ and Susan Straight, Author of ‘Mecca’ Interview – Panel 1055 – TICKET REQUIRED. Ronald Tutor Campus Center

death Goldberg
Tod Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Gangsterland, a Hammett Prize finalist; “gangster nation”; “The House of Secrets,” co-authored with Brad Meltzer; and “Living Dead Girl,” a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Las Vegas Weekly, and The Best American Essays, among others. He directs the Low-Residence MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
Details: 10:30 – 11:30 am Once Upon a Crime: Families, Victims, and the Ties That Bind – Panel 1121 – TICKET REQUIRED. Norris Theatre, Programming Presented by Audible. And 3:30-4:30pm Cops and Crooks: Good Guys Gone Bad, Bad Guys Gone Good – Panel 1104 – TICKET REQUIRED. Bowling Hall 101.

Sunday, April 24th

Alex Espinoza
Alex Espinoza holds an MFA from the program in writing from UC-Irvine. He is the author of Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León. His awards include a 2009 Margaret Bridgeman Fellowship in Fiction from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2014 Fellowship in Prose from the NEA, and a 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. His latest book is Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pasttime (Unnamed Press 2019). Espinoza is an Associate Professor at the Department of Creative Writing and serves as the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair in Creative Writing.
Details: 12:30 – 13:30 Fiction: Queer Identity and the Stories that Define Us – Panel 2102 – TICKET REQUIRED. Bowling Hall 101

Allison Adelle Hedge Cola
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, California Arts Council Legacy Artist Fellowship, Fulbright Fellow, First Jade Nurtured SiHui Female International Poetry Award recipient, recent Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, and Witter Bynner Fellow of the US Library of Congress, has written seven books of poetry , a non-fiction book and a play. Most recently, she has directed UCR’s Writers Week, the Along the Chaparral/Pūowaina project and the Sandhill Crane Migration Retreat and Festival. Her latest book is a collection of poetry entitled Look at This Blue.
Details: 1:40-2:00 p.m. Reading from “Look at This Blue”. stage of poetry

Elizabeth Crane
Elizabeth Crane is the author of two novels and four collections of short stories, most recently The History of Great Things and Turf. Her debut novel We only know so much was filmed. She teaches low residency in UCR Palm Desert’s MFA program.
Details: 15:30 – 16:30 Stories: The Next Chapter – Panel 2084 – TICKET REQUIRED. Selley G Mudd 124

Edgar Gomez
Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of UCR’s MFA program, his words have appeared in Poets & Writers, Catapult, Lithub, The Rumpus, Electric Lit and elsewhere online and in print. His memoir, High-Risk Homosexual, was called a “breath of fresh air” by The New York Times. He lives in New York.
Details: 3-4pm Memoir: An Exploration of Queer Identity – Panel 2094 – TICKET REQUIRED. Salvatori Informatics

Emily Rappschwarz
Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir; The Still Point of the Turning World, a New York Times bestseller; “Refuge;” and “Frida Kahlo and my left leg”. She is an associate professor at the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 12:30pm – 1:30pm Memoir: The Art of Losing – Panel 2082 – TICKET REQUIRED. Selley G Mudd 124

Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami is the author of five books including The Moor’s Account, which won an American Book Award, Arab-American Book Award, and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was longlisted for the Booker Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Other Americans, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Award in Fiction. She is a professor at the Chair of Creative Writing.
Details: 12-1pm Fiction: California as a Character – Panel 2022 – TICKET REQUIRED. city ​​and dress

Lisa Jacobs
Liska Jacobs is the author of the novels Catalina, The Worst Kind of Want, and The Pink Hotel. She holds a low residency MFA from the UCR Palm Desert MFA program.
Details: 1:30pm – 2:30pm Fiction: At Life’s Crossroads – Panel 2113 – TICKET REQUIRED. Bowling Hall 201

Mark Haskell Smith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and the Literary Hub. He is an associate professor in the MFA program in writing and writing for the performing arts at the UCR Palm Desert MFA program with low residency.
Details: 13:30-14:30 Fiction: Finding the Funny – Panel 2073 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G Mudd 123

Maggie Downs
Maggie Downs is an award-winning author based in Palm Springs, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Palm Springs Life, and McSweeney’s, and was anthologized in The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World’s Best Writers and Best Women’s Travel Writing. Braver Than You Think is her first book. She holds a low residency MFA from the UCR Palm Desert MFA program and is also a staff member there.
Details: 1:30pm – 2:30pm Memoir: Starting Over – Panel 2093 – TICKET REQUIRED. Salvatori Informatics

Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of A River of Stars, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and Forbidden City. She is a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists’ Association. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from UCR’s MFA programme
Details: 11 a.m. – noon. Fiction: Writing from History – Panel 2081 – TICKET REQUIRED. Selley G Mudd 124

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