University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center



Arts & Letters 2014-15


Presenting the 2014-15 season of Arts & Letters

A literary arts series

Arts & Letters is a FREE lecture series that invites the community to spend time with some of today's most influential authors through interviews and personal readings. Conversations are facilitated by Tod Goldberg, the program director for UCR Palm Desert's Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.

Coming up:

6:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 2015: Ben Ehrenreich

War correspondent Ben Ehrenreich, reporting from Gaza for the past year, is also a novelist ("The Suitors," "Ether") and writer of short fiction. The American Library Association named him "a writer to watch" while Publishers Weekly called him "an original talent." His journalism, essays and criticism have since appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, The Believer, and the London Review of Books. RSVP here.

6:30 p.m. March 4, 2015: Bernard Cooper

With his razor-sharp wit and unsparing honesty, award-winning memoirist Bernard Cooper peels back layers of the familiar. Often described as a "writer's writer," his disarming memoirs and fiction and his open-hearted, humorous readings and lectures have won him a loyal audience. Growing up gay in the Los Angeles of the 1950s and 60s, sexuality, familial relationships, loss, and AIDS — these are among Cooper's primary subjects. RSVP here.

6:30 p.m. April 1, 20154: Edan Lepucki

A New York Times, Los Angeles Time and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, Edan Lepucki's debut novel "California" has received wide acclaim -- including a "Colbert bump" from an appearance on The Colbert Report. Author Jennifer Egan raved "in her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." RSVP here.

Previously:

Oct. 22, 2014: Tod Goldberg

Author of a dozen books and the director of our low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts, Tod Goldberg's latest novel, "Gangsterland," has received starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist. A dynamic and hilarious speaker, Goldberg was interviewed by National Book Award finalist Susan Straight ("Highwire Moon"). 

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796
E-mail: palmdesert@ucr.edu

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