The Friends of the Shannon Center
Meet the Authors & Bookfaire
Robin Benway, Suzy Fincham-Gray, Luis Fuerte, Louie Perez & Ivy Pochoda
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.
Suzy Fincham-Gray is a veterinarian and an author. Her first book, My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss and Hope, 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.”
Louie Pérez is an American songwriter, percussionist and guitarist for the multiple Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos. Pérez songs have been showcased on every Los Lobos recording, beginning with “And A Time To Dance” and continuing through the band’s most recent album, “Gates of Gold.” Pérez also co-wrote songs with his writing partner David Hidalgo for two critically praised albums by Latin Playboys.
In addition, Pérez wrote songs for Tony Kushner’s 1994 adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan” at the La Jolla Playhouse in California. He co-wrote the book for About Productions’ play “Evangeline, the Queen of Make Believe” which premiered at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles.Many recording artists, including Waylon Jennings, Jerry Garcia, and Robert Plant, have covered Pérez’s songs. His prose work has been published in a number of periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Weekly and the New York arts journal BOMB. As a visual artist, he has exhibited his paintings and sculpture in many prominent galleries and museums in Los Angeles and New York.
Good Morning, Aztlan: The Words , Pictures and Songs of Louie Perez
Louie Pérez is a master musician and innovative visual artist who has spent the last forty years as founding member and principal songwriter for the internationally acclaimed group Los Lobos. Working with his songwriting partner, David Hidalgo, Pérez has written more than four hundred songs. Many of those songs, along with previously unpublished poems and short stories as well as paintings, sketches, and photos, are collected in this deeply personal, yet universally appealing volume. The book also features essays by musicians, artists and scholars who artfully dissect the significance of Pérez’ work. Good Morning, Aztlán is, without question, a different kind of memoir.
“I’ve been blessed to watch Louie Pérez evolve from a beginning songwriter who mimicked the traditional yet inspirational lyrics of American rhythm & blues and Mexican corridos into a damn good ‘serious’ songwriter whose best work stands equal to that of those two master songwriters of spiritual exploration—Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.”
—Dave Alvin of the Blasters
Ivy Pochoda is the author of 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.