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.

Our series is ended for the 2014-2015 academic year. Look here for an update in October or November 2015. Please join our events email list to receive notices of all our upcoming events: JOIN NOW!


April 1, 2015: 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."

March 4, 2015: Bernard Cooper

With his razor-sharp wit and unsparing honesty, award-winning memoirist Bernard Cooper peeled 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.

Feb. 4, 2015: Ben Ehrenreich

National Magazine Award-winner & novelist ("The Suitors," "Ether") Ben Ehrenreich has traveled the globe to bring readers the most pressing stories of our time, from the drug war in Mexico, to the presidential election in Haiti, to strife in the Middle East. We'll touch on all of these & more in a spirited discussion about writing in conflict.

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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