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the Authors at Whittier College Bookfaire
Judith Freeman and Lisa See will be the principal speakers at
Meet the Authors and Bookfaire, sponsored by the Friends of the Shannon Center
on Saturday, April 20. They will join six other authors from all walks of the
literary life in
the event that will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus.
Judith Freeman, the author of Red Water, set in
the Mormon West from 1850–70,
is the opening keynote speaker. Red Water tells the story of thee of the wives
polygamist John D. Lee, a real-life leader in the early Mormon church. While
their lives in the harsh frontiers of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, the
takes on a black mark in history, the massacre at Mountain Meadows and its
ramifications for the church.
Freeman’s book Set for Life received the Western
Heritage Award for Best Novel
in 1991, and she received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction in
Her work has also appeared in several anthologies including The Stories that
Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write About the West and Writing Down the River:
the Colorado River. Freeman currently is working on a new collection of
Closing keynote speaker is Lisa See,
who was born in Paris, but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her time in
Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain:
The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, was a national
bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of 1995. While collecting the
her family history for this project, See developed the idea for her first novel,
Flower Net, the story of a murder investigation in contemporary China. She has
since published The
Interior, which features Liu Hulan and David Stark, characters introduced in
Flower Net. The third novel in the series, Dragon Bones, will be released this
fall by Random House.
See also wrote the libretto for an opera of On
Gold Mountain for the Los Angeles Opera
and developed an exhibition based on the book for the Autry Museum, which then
moved to the Smithsonian Institution. See was the west coast correspondent of
for 13 years. Her work has been published in Vogue, Self, The New York Times
Review, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Washington Post Book World and TV Guide.
Other authors who will read from and
discus their work are:
• Jennifer Allen, whose Fifth Quarter:
The Scrimmage of a Football Coach’s
Daughter is a daughter’s memoir of a childhood growing up with legendary NFL (
Whittier College) coach George Allen.
• Lamar Hawkins, who published Bugs & Critters I
Have Known as a Christmas gift for her mother. Using the stage name Lara
Parker, Hawkins starred for five years as Angelique
the witch in the gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows.”
• Ralph Leighton, author of the bestsellers Surely
You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman,
What Do You Care What Other People Think? and Tuva or Bust, Richard Feynman’s
Last Journey, all based on conversations and bongo sessions with the Nobel
• Barney Saltzberg, who is an illustrator,
singer-songwriter, dad and carpool
chauffeur in addition to being the author of such children’s books as
Animal Kisses and
Baby Animal Kisses. The Soccer Mom From Outer Space is a Junior Library Guild
Selection and Parents Choice Selection, as well as a California Young Reader
Nominee for 2002-2003.
• Self-described “Army brat” and graduate of West
Point, Lucian K. Truscott IV
is the author of Dress Gray, Rules of the Road, Heart of War, the sequel Full
and the children’s book Weird and the D.A.
• Marc Scott Zicree, is the author of The Twilight
Zone Companion, a complete
guide to the famed television series, and Magic Time, the first in a planned
was co-written with science-fiction novelist Barbara Hambly. Magic Time was
one of Barnes and Noble’s Best Books of the Year.
The cost for the event is $45, which includes a
continental breakfast, lunch and “breakout sessions” with selected authors.
Participants will also have the opportunity
to purchase books and have them signed by the authors. Proceeds from the event
go to the Friends of the Shannon Center, a support group that provides funding
Shannon Center events as well as the departments of music and theatre arts and
outreach programs for the community.
Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at
the Shannon Center at
(562)907-4203. Reservations should be made by April 12.
There will be late sign-ups on the morning of the bookfaire, but lunch will not
be available to anyone who registers that
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier
College is an independent, four-year
college offering traditional liberal arts
majors and strong pre-professional programs
taught in the context of the liberal
arts. 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 Costa Mesa.