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UCR faculty, staff and alumni will be at the LA Times Festival of Books

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This year, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books includes star-studded programming 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 23 and 24. See full details: LA Times Festival of Books.

For tickets: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Representation of mountaineers at LATFOB:
Saturday April 23

Amir Zaki
Amir Zaki ’96, is a practicing artist living in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and has since exhibited nationally and internationally. 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 most recent book is a monograph, “Building+Becoming,” which goes on sale April 26. He is a professor of photography in the Department of Art.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Official release of “Building+Becoming” and book signing. Booth #183. Learn more about “Build + Become”.

David L. Ulin
David L. Ulin is the former literary critic of the Los Angeles Times. Guggenheim Fellow 2015, he is the author or editor of nine books, including “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles”, the short story “Labyrinth” and “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time” . He teaches at the UCR Palm Desert low-residency MFA program.
Details: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Untold Stories: Building a Release Pipeline – Panel 1052 – TICKET REQUIRED. Ronald Tutor Campus Center. And from 3 to 4 p.m. Writing the Present: Christos Ikonomou, Maggie Nelson and Christopher Merrill – Panel 1144 – TICKET REQUIRED. Albert and Dana Broccoli Theater.

Heather Scott Partington
Heather Scott Partington is a writer, teacher and literary critic. His reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, Star Tribune, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. Heather was the 2019-2020 reviewer in residence for the UCR Palm Desert low-residency MFA program.
Details: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Fiction: Things are not what they seem – Panel 1022 – TICKET REQUIRED. city ​​and dress

Keenan Norris
Keenan Norris is a novelist, essayist and scholar. His latest novel is “The Confession of Copeland Cane”. His next book, “Chi Boy: Native Sons and Chicago Reckonings,” will be published in November. Norris’ essay “One Coyote” won a 2021 Folio: Eddie Award for Best General/Special Interest Article and was a finalist for a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award. He holds an MFA from UCR’s MFA program.
Details: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Fiction: Growing up and finding your way – Panel 1142 – TICKET REQUIRED. Albert and Dana Broccoli Theater

Mark HaskellSmith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and Literary Hub. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Program.
Details: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Arts & Culture: Comedy Through the Ages – Panel 1072 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123. Also 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fiction: Find the Funny – Panel 2073 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123

Natashia Deon
Natashia Deón is an NAACP Image Award nominee, practicing criminal attorney and author of the critically acclaimed novels, “Grace,” which was named Best Book by The New York Times and awarded Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the United States. American Library Association in 2016. and “The Perishing” (Counterpoint Press 2021). She holds an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert.
Details: Noon – 1:00 p.m. Things Are Not 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 a recipient of the NEA, 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 professor in the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert.
Details: 11 a.m. – noon. Science Fiction: The Dark Heart of History – Panel 1101 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 101 cone

Straight Susan
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, as well as the memoir “In the Country Her new novel, “Mecca,” published in March, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Michael Connelly, author of “The Dark Hours” and Susan Straight, author of “Mecca”, in Conversation – Panel 1055 – REQUIRES TICKET. Ronald Tutor University Center

Tod Goldberg
Tod Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Hammett Prize finalist “Gangsterland”; “Nation of gangsters;” “The House of Secrets,” co-written with Brad Meltzer; and “Living Dead Girl”, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 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 other publications. He directs the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
Details: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Once Upon a Crime: Families, Victims, and the Ties That Bind – Panel 1121 – TICKET REQUIRED. Norris Theatre, programming presented by Audible. And 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cops and Crooks: The Good Guys Gone Bad, the Bad Guys Gone Good – Sign 1104 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 101 cone.

sunday april 24

Alex Espinoza
Alex Espinoza holds an MFA from UC-Irvine’s writing program. He is the author of “Still Water Saints” and “The Five Acts of Diego León”. Her awards include a 2009 Margaret Bridgeman Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2014 Prose Fellowship 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 Pastime” (Unnamed Press 2019). Espinoza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing and holds the position of Tomás Rivera Chair in Creative Writing.
Details: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Fiction: Queer Identity and the Stories that Define Us – Panel 2102 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 101 cone

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, California Arts Council Legacy Artist Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar, first recipient of the Jade Nurtured SiHui Female International Poetry Award, recent Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, and US Library of Congress member Witter Bynner, wrote seven poetry books, one non-fiction book and one play. she recently directed UCR’s Writers’ Week, the Along the Chaparral/Pūowaina project, and the Sandhill Crane Migration Retreat and Festival. Her most recent book is a collection of poetry, “Look at This Blue”.
Details: 1:40 p.m. to 2 p.m. Reading of “Look at this blue”. poetry scene

Elisabeth Crane
Elizabeth Crane is the author of two novels and four collections of short stories, the most recent of which is the novel “The History of Great Things” and the collection of stories “Turf”. His first novel, “We Only Know Telling”, was adapted for the cinema. She teaches in the UCR Palm Desert low residency MFA program.
Details: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 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 lyrics have appeared in Poets & Writers, Catapult, Lithub, The Rumpus, Electric Lit, and elsewhere online and in print. His memoir, “High-Risk Homosexual,” has been 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. Computer Science

Emily Rapp Black
Emily Rapp Black is the author of “Poster Child: A Memoir”; “The Still Point of the Turning World,” which was a New York Times bestseller; “Sanctuary;” and “Frida Kahlo and my left leg”. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thesis: 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 the American Book Award, Arab-American Book Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was on the Booker Prize long list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, “The Other Americans,” was a national bestseller and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Award in Fiction. She is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 12pm-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 an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert.
Details: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fiction: At the crossroads – Panel 2113 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 201 cone

Mark HaskellSmith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and Literary Hub. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Program.
Details: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fiction: Find the Funny – Panel 2073 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123

Maggie Downs
Maggie Downs is an award-winning writer 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 has been anthologized in “The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World’s Best Writers and Best Women’s Travel Writing” . “Brave Than You Think” is his first book. She holds an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert and is also a staff member there.
Details: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Memory: Start Over – Panel 2093 – TICKET REQUIRED. Computer Science

Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of “A River of Stars”, “Deceit and Other Possibilities” and “Forbidden City”. Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature, she has received the 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. . His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from UCR’s MFA program
Details: 11 a.m. – noon. Fiction: Writing from History – Panel 2081 – TICKET REQUIRED. Selley G. Mudd 124