The Friends of the Shannon Center

Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

 March 11, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Meet great authors, discuss books with other bibliophiles and enjoy lunch on the Robinson Theatre 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. Books from the authors will be available for purchase at the event.


Note from a 2016 Bookfaire Attendee:

I have been attending the Bookfaire for several years now. It is always a highlight of March for me. Thank you for your very thoughtful work at assembling such a wonderful group of authors. They are always such a surprise and open me to new ideas. I was especially moved by Jeff Hobbs this year. Just had to say thank you and keep up the good work!


Mike Garabedian

As the Collections Management Librarian at Whittier College and a specialist in book history and bibliography, Mike Garabedian has written and presented extensively about the future of print books in academic libraries. However, his research interests turned to local history in early 2015 when he discovered that Arcadia Press's wildly popular "Images of America" series didn't have a Whittier volume. Today he'll speak about the process of putting together his 2016 publication Images of America: Whittier, including
the work of finding historical images to fit a coherent and chronological historical narrative, researching unidentified and under-described photographs, and drafting meaningful copy when faced with strict editorial guidelines about word counts and intended audiences.


Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people cameto California during the heydays of the cowboys. She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Please visit her website at, and follow her @staceyleeauthor.

Aline Ohanesian

Aline Ohanesian’s debut novel, Orhan's Inheritance, was long listed for the Center for Fiction Flannery-Dunnan First Book Prize and was a Barnes & Noble Discovery Pick. It has been translated into over twelve languages. Ohanesian, who earned her MA in history at UCI, lives and writes in Orange County, California with her husband and two young sons.








Brando Skyhorse

Brando Skyhorse’s debut novel, The Madonnas of Echo Park (Simon & Schuster), received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Take This Man: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster) was an Amazon Best Book of the Month selection and named by Kirkus Reviews as one the Best Nonfiction Books of the year. He is currently co-editing an anthology on racial passing to be published in Fall 2017 (Beacon Press). Skyhorse has been awarded fellowships at Ucross, Can Serrat, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, and was the 2014-2015 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-In-Residence at George Washington University. Skyhorse has taught at NYU, George Washington University, and Wesleyan University. He's a member of the Literature faculty at Bennington College in Vermont as a professor of Creative Writing.

Susan Straight

Susan Straight has published eight novels and two books for children.  Her novel Between Heaven and Here (McSweeneys, 2013) is the final book in the Rio Seco trilogy. Take One Candle Light a Room (Anchor Books) was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, and A Million Nightingales (Anchor Books) was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Highwire Moon was a Finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. "The Golden Gopher," published in Los Angeles Noir, won the 2008 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story.  Her stories and essays have appeared in The O Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, McSweeneys, The Believer, Salon, Zoetrope, Black Clock, and elsewhere.  She has been awarded The Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times, The Lannan Prize for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California.  She is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCRiverside.  She was born in Riverside, California, where she lives with her family, whose history is featured on



*Authors subject to change without notice



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