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CSUB’s California Writers Series features two authors Jan. 24
January 18, 2011
The California Writers Series at CSUB is featuring two authors, Mona Simpson and Samara Kanegis, at 7 p.m. Monday, January 24, in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library.
Mona Simpson is a highly acclaimed writer and has written five successful novels. Her first, “Anywhere But Here,” was made into a 1999 movie featuring Susan Sarandon as a mother who moves to California to make a star of her daughter, played by Natalie Portman. Her latest book, “My Hollywood,” intertwines the lives of a young mother and her Filipina nanny. Simpson’s work has been awarded several prizes: A Whiting Prize, A Guggenheim, a grant from the NEA, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Prize, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, Pen Faulkner finalist, and most recently a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Samara Kanegis has published work in The Goucher Quarterly, Ploughshares, and the Manhattan Theatre Source Anthology. Her fiction collection won the Lillian Reese Award and Women Writing about Women Award at Goucher College, and her one-act plays have been performed in several metropolitan cities. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Warren Wilson College, where she is working on a novel.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking in Lot D is $2. The author readings will be followed by a discussion and book signing. Book sales will be offered by Russo’s Books.
The California Writers Series, begun in 2006, is sponsored by the Walter Stiern Library, Associated Students, Inc., the CSUB English Department and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society. Previous readers have included Kay Ryan (former U.S. Poet Laureate), Wanda Coleman, Joe Wenderoth, Susana Chavez-Silverman, Pam Houston, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Brian Turner, Aimee Phan, Frank Bidart, and Alex Espinoza.
For more information, call CSUB English professor Marit MacArthur at (661) 654-6503.