The Friends of the
Meet the Authors & Bookfaire
March 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to
Cost: $60 with lunch
(Deadline for lunch
reservation is March 7th)
$40.00 No Lunch
$15 Students No Lunch
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Meet great authors, discuss books with other
bibliophiles and enjoy lunch on stage. This event is a fundraising event for the Friends of the
Shannon Center, the official support group of the Ruth
B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. The proceeds
are used to maintain the premises, fund outreach
programs for the community and local schools, and support the
performing arts at Whittier College.
Authors scheduled to appear*
Charles N. Stevens
Information On The
is the award-winning author of twelve books,
including the crime-tinged novels Gangsterland,
Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles
Times Book Prize, the popular Burn Notice
series, and Fake Liar Cheat. His essay "When They
Let Them Bleed" first published in Hobart was selected
by Cheryl Strayed for inclusion in Best American
Essays 2013. He is also the author of the story
collections Simplify, a 2006 finalist for the
SCIBA Award for Fiction and winner of the Other Voices
Short Story Collection Prize, and Other Resort Cities.
His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and
anthologies, twice receiving Special Mention for the
Pushcart Prize as well as being named a Distinguished
Story of the Year in the 2009 Best American Mystery
Stories. His essays, journalism, and criticism
appear regularly in many publications, including the
Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Weekly, and Los
Angeles Review of Books and have been featured in
Salon, Wall Street Journal, E!, and Jewcy
among many others, earning five Nevada Press Association
awards for excellence.
In addition, he is the
co-host, along with Julia Pistell & Rider Strong, of Literary
Disco, one of the greatest podcasts on the planet. Tod
Goldberg holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature
from Bennington College and directs the Low Residency
MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the
Performing Arts at the University of California,
was born in Kansas City and grew up in Manhattan,
London, Connecticut and Boston. For over twenty-five
years, she was a stage and television actress, appearing
on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize winning, The Heidi
Chronicles and off-Broadway in the Obie
Award-winning All In The Timing, in addition to
many now extinct sitcoms.
Her New York
Times bestselling memoir, CHANEL BONFIRE, was
published in January 2013 by Gallery Books, an imprint
of Simon & Schuster, and has received many accolades
including a four star review from People magazine, and
raves in O Magazine, Reader's Digest, and USA Today.
She has published essays on motherhood, family and
Hollywood in Redbook, Powells.com and the local Los
Angeles press, and is currently at work on the sequel to
Chanel Bonfire, due from Simon & Schuster's
Gallery Books in late 2015.
She lives in
Glendale, California with her screenwriter husband and
their two children.
Nina Revoyr grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and
Los Angeles, and is the author of four novels. Her
second novel, Southland, was a Los Angeles
Times bestseller and "Best Book of 2003," a Book
Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner
of the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly
called it "Compelling... never lacking in vivid detail
and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr's
reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of
life in L.A."
Nina’s third book, The Age of Dreaming, was
a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book
Prize. Library Journal described it as
"Fast-moving, riveting, unpredictable and profound," and
Los Angeles Magazine wrote that "Nina Revoyr…is
fast becoming one of the city’s finest chroniclers and
Nina's fourth novel, Wingshooters, was
published in 2011. It was a Booklist
for 2011 and an O: Oprah Magazine's
"Book to Watch For," and won an Indie Booksellers Choice
Award. Publishers Weekly described it as
"remarkable...an accomplished story of family and the
dangers of complacency in the face of questionable
justice; and Booklist called it "a shattering
northern variation on To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Nina is also co-editor of the college textbook
Literature for Life: A Thematic Introduction to Reading
and Writing. Her fifth novel, Lost Canyon,
will be published in August, 2015.
Nina is the executive vice president of a children’s
service agency in Los Angeles, and has taught at Cornell
University, Antioch University, Occidental College, and
first novel Tomorrow They Will Kiss was an Edmund White
Debut Fiction Award finalist and a Latino Book Award
finalist. Mr. Santiago’s highly anticipated follow-up is
entitled, Midnight Rumba, won the New England
Book Award - Best Fiction and took top honors at the
Beverly Hills Book Awards 2013. His short fiction has
been widely published, most notably in ZYZZYVA,
Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer,
among others, and his nonfiction has appeared in Los
Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out
Traveler Magazine, among others.
Mr. Santiago earned a BFA degree from the California
Institute of the Arts and a Creative Writing MFA from
Antioch University. He has taught novel writing for
UCLA's extension program for the past eight years, and
memoir writing at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, and
is currently on faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College.
He is the founder of the Idyllwild Authors Series, and a
two-time PEN Center U.S.A. Fellow (2004 & 2008).
His many personal appearances include" CBS News, KCRW'S
All Things Considered, The New York City Book Festival,
The Miami Book Fair International, The Tucson Book
Festival, The Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books, and
the West Hollywood Writers Fair.
Charles N. Stevens,
or “Norm”, grew up in Inglewood, California, the setting
for his new book, Seeking More of the Sky: Growing up in
the 1930s. Having reached his 90th birthday, he wanted
to tell the story of a simpler time. Older readers, he
believes, may find a little of themselves in his stories
while the young may be amazed by how boys lived over
seventy-five years ago.
During World War II he was a bombardier in the Eighth
Air Force, participating in 34 bombing missions over
Germany and Occupied France. He was the recipient of the
Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
After the war he attended UCLA, graduating with a B.A.
in psychology. A teaching credential followed. Later, he
earned an M.A. in English from California State
University at Los Angeles.
He joined the Montebello Unified School District where
he taught science then English for 30 years specializing
in American literature.
He is the author of three previous books dealing with
his experiences in World War II. They are An Innocent at Polebrook: A Memoir of an Eighth Air Force Bombardier,
The Innocent Cadet: Becoming a World War II Bombardier
and Back from Combat: A World War II Bombardier Faces
his Military Future. He writes monthly travel articles
for The Citizen’s Voice, a local on line newspaper. He
is a member of a vigorous writing group, the“Wordknots.”
He resides with his wife, Dolores Seidman in Monterey
Park, California where they have lived for 43 years.
subject to change without notice