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UCR Novelist to Speak at Palm Desert

Accomplished Novelist Next in UCR Palm Desert’s “Readings in the Evenings”

Susan Straight will read from “A Million Nightingales,” her latest work

(April 3, 2006)

Susan Straight

Susan Straight

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — Susan Straight will read from “A Million Nightingales” at UCR Palm Desert at 6 p.m., April 14, as part of the “Readings in the Evenings” series. Admission is free but reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 760-834-0597.

Of “A Million Nightingales,” The New York Times Review of Books said “…Straight has given this body of work a historical foundation, a point of reference in the past. But her novel is, besides a powerful and moving story, written in language so beautiful you can almost believe the words themselves are capable of salving history’s wounds.”

Straight, professor of creative writing at UC Riverside, won the Gold Medal for Fiction from the San Francisco-based Commonwealth Club for “Highwire Moon,” which was a National Book Award finalist. Her other critically acclaimed fiction includes “Aquaboogie,” “I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots,” “The
Gettin’ Place” and “Blacker Than A Thousand Midnights.” She has also written two children’s books, “Bear E. Bear” and “The Hallway Light at Night.”

The “Readings in the Evenings” is a series of discussions and presentations by distinguished playwrights, authors, producers, directors and actors. The series began with an appearance by novelist Tod Goldberg in January and continues through June.

“We are delighted that so many noteworthy artists have accepted our invitation to appear,” said Prof. Eric Barr, chairman of the UCR Theatre Department and acting director of the UCR Palm Desert Master of Fine Arts program. “They provide our students with invaluable information and our new campus is the perfect showcase for their work to be shared with the Coachella Valley community.”

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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