The Friends of the Shannon Center

Meet the Authors & Bookfaire

 March 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $60 with lunch (Deadline for lunch reservation is March 7th)
$40.00 No Lunch

$15 Students No Lunch





SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY: Betty White has generously donated a number of items that will be auctioned off in a silent auction on the day of the Bookfaire.




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*

Tod Goldberg


Wendy Lawless


Nina Revoyr


Eduardo Santiago



Charles N. Stevens

Information On The Authors

Tod Goldberg 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, Riverside. 

Wendy Lawless 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, 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 myth-makers."

Nina's fourth novel, Wingshooters, was published in 2011. It was a Booklist Editors Choice for 2011 and an O: Oprah Magazine's "Book to Watch For," and won an Indie Booksellers Choice Award. Publishers Weekly described it as " 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 Pitzer College.

Eduardo Santiago's 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.


*Authors subject to change without notice



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