University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Arts & Letters 2013-14


Presenting the 2013-14 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.


6:30 p.m. Nov. 13: Marisa Silver

Spend an evening with acclaimed author, screenwriter and film director  Marisa Silver. Her most recent novel, "Mary Coin," was a New York Times bestseller, while her novel, "The God of War," was an unflinching look at life near the Salton Sea. Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies.

6:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014: Bob Forrest

You might recognize Bob Forrest as Dr. Drew's drug counselor sidekick from "Celebrity Rehab." You might also know him as the charismatic leader of seminal L.A. post-punk band Thelonious Monster. Now see him as never before -- discussing his new memoir, "Running With Monsters." Forrest will talk about rock and roll, addiction and recovery.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2014: George Morgan

Meet the author of "Rocket Girl," the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist, as told by her son. Blending a fascinating personal history with dramatic historical events, this narrative brings long-overdue attention to a modest but brilliant woman whose work proved essential for America's early space program. (Bonus: This is our first Arts & Letters lecture to feature a student from our MFA program!)

6:30 p.m. March 5, 2014: Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach's "Go the F*ck to Sleep" is a #1 New York Times bestseller and one of the most talked-about books of the decade. A viral sensation that shot to #1 on months before the book was even available, it has been published in forty languages and is forthcoming as a feature film. He is also the author of novels "Rage is Back" and, most recently, "The Dead Run."

6:30 p.m. April 2, 2014: Teresa Rhyne

Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had less than a year to live. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle — a cancer diagnosis of her own. See why "The Dog Lived (and So Will I)" is a #1 New York Times bestseller, #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and a USA Today bestseller.

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