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Chris Rice Reads in the Desert

Christopher Rice Makes Writers Week Appearance at UCR Palm Desert

Author will read from his three acclaimed novels

(February 1, 2007)

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — Christopher Rice was born into the literary life, the son of bestselling novelist Ann Rice and poet and painter Stan Rice, but earned his literary reputation on his own. Rice will read from many of his works on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center. His appearance is part of UCR Writers Week (

Rice’s first novel, “A Destiny of Souls,” about a murder in New Orleans involving four high school friends, was published when the author was 22 years old. The book received much media attention and became a New York Times bestseller.

Shortly thereafter, Rice followed up with a second New York Times bestselling thriller, “The Snow Garden,” about a murder and conspiracy on a New England college campus. “The Snow Garden” received a Lamba Literary Award, after which Rice was invited to sit on Lambda’s board of directors. His third novel, “Light Before Day,” set in West Hollywood, is a complex thriller in the noir tradition.

In 2001, then New York City Public Advocate Marc Green recognized Rice as an outstanding leader in the gay and lesbian community and the Hetrick Martin Institute gave him their Emery Award for outstanding contributions to gay and lesbian youth. After penning a guest column for “The Advocate” on the death of his father, Rice was invited to become a regular columnist for the magazine. He also served as the fiction editor for Genre magazine.

“Blind Fall,” the first of two novels for Scribner, will be published in 2008. Christopher Rice lives in West Hollywood.

There is no admission charge for the event but reservations are appreciated at (760) 834-0597 or by an e-mail to

The UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center at 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive is at the heart of the Coachella Valley. As a graduate center of UC Riverside, UCR Palm Desert offers graduate degrees in business administration with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and a master of fine arts with an emphasis on creative writing and writing for performance. Research activities include the Desert Studies Initiative of the Center for Conservation Biology; technology transfer; and Native American studies. Visit or call (760) 834-0800 for more information.

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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