Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA 90608-0634


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Whittier, CA (March 17, 2005)—The Friends of the Shannon Center’s 5th Annual Meet the Authors and Bookfaire will take place on Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Avenue, located on the Whittier College campus. The Bookfaire program primarily features local authors; scheduled to speak are two keynoters—novelists Helie Lee and Rosalind Miles—and includes authors from a variety of genres. This event is open to the public; tickets are $50.00 and include lunch with the authors. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the Shannon Center Box Office, (562) 907-4203.  

The full program includes the following speakers:

  • Helie Lee, author of the national bestseller Still Life With Rice  and In The Absence of Sun, memoirs in which she chronicles her family’s experience in war-torn Korea from the 1930s to 1997; 
  • Rosalind Miles, an Oxford-educated scholar, a renowned author on feminism, and a critically acclaimed novelist of over twenty books including I, Elizabeth and the Guenevere Trilogy;
  • Firoozeh Dumas, whose memoir Funny in Farsi has earned Orange County Reads One Book’s “2004 Book of the Year” and was selected for the Whittier Public Library Foundation’s “One Book One Whittier” project;
  • Denise Hamilton, author of the best-selling Eve Diamond crime novels--The Jasmine Trade, Sugar Skull, and Last Lullaby -- featuring a reporter who solves murders in contemporary multicultural Los Angeles;
  • J. S. Holliday, considered by many to be the foremost historian on the California Gold Rush and author of The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience and Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California;
  • Paul Mandelbaum, short story author and nonfiction writer for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, among others; winner of a James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award; and whose recent debut novel, Garrett in Wedlock, has earned rave reviews;
  • Robert Masello, author of novels, magazine and newspaper articles, television shows, and a number of non-fiction works such as The Things Your Father Never Taught You, Proverbial Wisdom, and Raising Hell;
  • Susan Goldman Rubin, author and illustrator of children’s books as well as two novels, Emily Good As Gold and Emily in Love, which feature a developmentally disabled heroine, and award-winning author of a number of biographies, art books, and  nonfiction works focusing on the Holocaust and the disenfranchised;
  • David Ulin, essayist, book critic, and editor of the award-winning Another City: Writing from Los Angeles and Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology; frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly; and recipient of the 2002 California Book Award.

The Bookfaire is an annual fundraising event for the Friends of the Shannon Center, the official support group of the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. The proceeds are used to

maintain the  premises, fund the outreach programs for local elementary schools and support the performing arts at Whittier College. 

The Shannon Center is located at the northeast corner of Painter Ave. and Philadelphia St. on the Whittier College campus. For directions or information about other events, please contact the Box Office, (562) 907-4203. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. 

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.

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