Arts and Letters Lecture Series

Arts & Letters is a free series that invites the community to spend time with 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. 

Arts and Letters Series

6 p.m. Nov. 15 — Mark Haskell Smith  

Mark Haskell Smith is the writer of award-winning screenplays and television. He's also the author of six novels with one-word titles, including MoistSalty, and most recently, Blown; as well as the nonfiction books, Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup and Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist’s Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World.

Arts and Letters Series

6 p.m. Jan. 23, 2019 — David Ulin         

David L. Ulin is a critic, essayist, editor, and novelist. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the California Book Award and has been shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His book, The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time, was recently rereleased. 

Francesca Lia Block

6 p.m. Feb. 27, 2019 — Francesca Lia Block        

Francesca Lia Block is the author of more than 25 books, including the cult classic "Weetzie Bat" series. Her
most recent book is "The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process."

Arts and Letters Series

6 p.m. April 24, 2019 — Laila Lalami        

Pulitzer Prize nominee Laila Lalami is the author of the novels, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist; and The Moor's Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, made the Man Booker Prize longlist and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her latest novel, The Other Americans, will be published in March 2019.