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The Inland Empire's Literary Legacy is Celebrated in an Anthology Called "Inlandia"

An event to celebrate the publication of a new anthology is set for Tuesday, Dec. 12 at UCR Palm Desert

(December 6, 2006)

PALM DESERT, Calif. ( -— “Inlandia: A Literary Journey Through California’s Inland Empire,” the first literary anthology to represent the inland region of Southern California, will be celebrated with a program of readings from the book at UCR Palm Desert on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The program is the second in the Gneiss Poetry Series.

There was also an all-day “Inlandia Festival” in downtown Riverside on Dec. 9 at the Riverside Public Library.

“Inlandia” was published to showcase how the rich and culturally diverse region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, dismissively known for years to the outside world as the area “east of Los Angeles,” has been represented in literature.

The anthology includes works by distinguished members of the literary world, such as Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Eric Schlosser, M.F.K. Fisher, Joan Baez, Susan Straight and Sholeh Wolpe, as well as emerging voices from the Inland Empire. More than 80 writers are featured in the collection.

Lori Davis, director of the Gneiss Poetry Series, said she is excited about introducing “Inlandia” to the Coachella Valley.

“It has been an admirable undertaking on the part of Heyday Books to collect and assemble these works, and this book is something they should be very proud to present, she said. Fiction fans and everyone else interested in local history and lore will surely enjoy the evening and this relevant anthology,” she said.

Fiction writers, poets and speakers scheduled to appear on Dec. 12 include Gayle Brandeis, Katherine Saubel, Alex Espinoza, E.J. Jones, Juan Felipe Herrera, Lori Davis and Ruth Nolan. Gayle Wattawa, editor of “Inlandia,” and Malcolm Margolin, publisher of the anthology, will also appear.

The readings are free and open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested.

“Inlandia” is now available at bookstores and will also be for sale at both events. For more information on the anthology, visit For further information about the Palm Desert poetry series, contact Lori Davis at 760-985-0853.

Future readings in the Gneiss Poetry Series are scheduled for Jan. 9, Feb. 6, March 13, April 10 and May 8, 2007.

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