The Friends of the Shannon Center
Meet the Authors & Bookfaire
Robin Benway, Chris Erskine, Suzy Fincham-Gray, Luis Fuerte & Ivy Pochoda
Ticket with Lunch: $65.00 for orders received by 2/28/19.
Lunch ticket price increases to $75.00 on 3/1/19.
The last day to order a lunch ticket is 3/15/19.
Ticket Without Lunch: $40.00
Student Ticket: $15.00 (No Lunch)
Meet great authors, discuss books with other bibliophiles and enjoy lunch on the Robinson Theatre stage with the authors.
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!
Robin Benway is a National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of six novels for young adults, including Audrey, Wait!, the AKA series, and Emmy & Oliver. Her books have received numerous awards and recognition, including the PEN America Literary Award, the Blue Ribbon Award from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults, and ALA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. In addition, her novels have received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly, and have been published in more than twenty countries. Her most recent book, Far From the Tree, won the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2018 PEN America Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, PBS, Entertainment Weekly, and the Boston Globe.
Robin grew up in Orange County, California, attended NYU, where she was the 1997 recipient of the Seth Barkas Prize for Creative Writing, and is a graduate of UCLA. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Chris Erskine is a nationally known humor columnist and editor for the Los Angeles Times. His latest book, “Daditude,” is a collection of his favorite columns on fatherhood from the past 15 years. At The Times, he writes for the Sports, Travel, Calendar and Saturday sections and edits on the paper’s Features staff. As an editor, he has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Times (for his graphics work on the Northridge quake and the North Hollywood bank robbery). He is best known to readers for his weekly humor pieces on life in suburban Los Angeles. He has written two other books, “Man of the House” and “Surviving Suburbia,” which reached the Los Angeles Times best seller list. The Chicago native has also worked for papers in New Orleans and Miami.
Suzy Fincham-Gray is a veterinarian and an author. Her first book, Chasing Zebras. A Veterinarian’s Stories of Healing and Loving Animals, was published by Spiegel and Grau in April 2018. Suzy grew up on the English-Welsh border and, although she has lived in the States for almost twenty years, her accent is still strong enough for her to be recognized as a Brit most of the time. She is a board-certified small animal internal medicine specialist and works in a referral and emergency hospital in San Diego. Outside of the hospital, Suzy has earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Riverside, Palm Desert. Her writing explores the role veterinarians play in the human-animal bond and in the narrative of caring for those we love when they are sick. When she’s not writing or caring for patients she can be found spending time with her human and animal family, including three cats, two dogs, a husband and a daughter—naturally the animals outnumber the people.
Luis Fuerte was born in San Bernardino and grew up in Colton. He graduated from Colton High School, and then served in the U.S Navy. Luis attended Valley College, where he studied telecommunications engineering. He has worked in all aspects of television, and has worked as a cameraman for 40 years, most notable as the cameraman for Huell Howser. He is winner of 5 Emmys, received an International Monitor award, the Golden Mic for editing, awards from the State of California and County of San Bernardino for speaking and working with young people, awards from the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, inducted into two Halls of Fame, received the “Salt of the Earth” award in 2001, and Latino of the Year in 2008. He is the author of the book “Louie, Take a Look at This!: My Time With Huell Howser.”
Ivy Pochoda is the author of the the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley and Visitation Street. Wonder Valley won the 2018 Strand Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, as well as being chosen as an NPR and Los Angeles Times Book of the Year. Visitation Street was chosen as an Amazon Best Book of the Month, Amazon Best Book of 2013, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times & The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her first novel The Art of Disappearing, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2009. She teaches creative writing at the Lamp Arts Studio in Skid Row.