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Book Reading by 2016 Walter W. Stiern Library PG and E Writer in Residence

Author and professor Brian Evenson will read from his work Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in the Walter Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). Evenson is CSUB’s 2016 Walter W. Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence. The event is free and open to the public.

Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction and has translated novels and poetry into English from French and Spanish. He has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, an Edgar Award, and earned the American Library Association award for Best Horror Novel. He is a three-time winner of the O. Henry Prize, regarded as the most prestigious award for short fiction. A former professor at Brown University, he recently joined the faculty at California Institute of the Arts.

“Brian Evenson is a writer of major stature and incredible talent,” said Curt Asher, Dean of the Walter Stiern Library and Writer in Residence program founder. “We are very pleased he will be here with us for a couple of days. It’s great that our students and local writers have an opportunity to be mentored by someone like Brian.”

PG&E has been a longtime corporate friend of the Walter Stiern Library, providing a substantial grant in 2012 to start the Writer in Residence program. Evenson is the fifth author to be named to the PG&E-funded writing mentorship. Previous authors include Angie Chau, Richard Collins, Marissa Silver and John Hampsey.

A one-day creative writing workshop with Evenson will be offered to the community on June 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is free to local emerging fiction or memoir writers. Information about this and other events and applications for the workshop are available at, or by calling the Library Administration Office at (661) 654-3042.

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