California Writer Series reading scheduled at CSUB

April 3, 2009
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Aimee Phan, an American writer whose writings have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Oregonian, will present a reading as part of the California Writers Series at California State University, Bakersfield on Wednesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library.

Phan was born and raised in Orange County. Later, she attended the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, "We Should Never Meet," was inspired by Operation Babylift, the name given to the mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War. The book was named a notable book by the Kiriyama Prize in fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards.

Previous readers have included Kay Ryan, Wanda Coleman, Joe Wenderoth, Susana Chavez-Silverman, Pam Houston, Mgugi wa Thiong´o and Brian Turner.

The event is free and open to the public. Russo's Books will have copies of Phan's book available for sale and signing after the reading.

For additional information, contact Marit MacArthur at (661) 654-6503.