UCR Announces Speakers for Arts & Letters Series

From Hollywood icons to Award-winning journalists, the public can meet some of today's top writers during UCR's free series.

University of California, Riverside's Palm Desert Campus is bringing in a number of acclaimed writers for a series of public readings and interviews.

The serie is moderated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert's MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

Each event begins with a reading or talk by the author, followed by a question and answer session. These lectures are free, but seating is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended. 

Scheduled to appear are:

November 14 - Molly Ringwald

Her first work of fiction, "When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories," published in August 2012, explores the complexities of family and other relationships.  RSVP here.

February 20 -  Jess Walter

A National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter has written five novels and one nonfiction book.   His most recent work is the New York Times bestselling novel, "Beautiful Ruins."  RSVP here.

March 13 -  Emily Rapp

A former Fulbright scholar and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Emily Rapp is the author of "Poster Child," a memoir about becoming the poster child for the March of Dimes after a congenital defect required a leg amputation at age 4. Her next book, "The Still Point of the Turning World," about her young son who has been diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, will be released in March 2013.  RSVP here.

April 17 - Mark Haskell Smith & Heather Donahue

Reporting for the Los Angeles Times on the Cannabis Cup, novelist Mark Haskell Smith discovered a marijuana culture that was unlike anything he'd previously experienced. The result is his nonfiction book, "Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup." He will be in conversation with Heather Donahue, who started a marijuana farm after starring in "The Blair Witch Project." Her book is "Growgirl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot."  RSVP Here.


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