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Writers Week Feb. 9-13, 2010

UCR Writers Week Returns Feb. 9-13, 2010

The annual event features award-winning journalists, novelists and poets.

(December 16, 2009)

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Lawrence Wright

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Award-winning authors of science fiction, poetry and works of nonfiction will discuss their craft at UC Riverside’s annual Writers Week Feb. 9-13, 2010.

Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and author of the award-winning history of al-Qaeda, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” (Knopf, 2006), and the screenplay for “The Siege,” will present the 42nd Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in University Theatre. A reception and book-signing will follow on the theater patio. Reservations are requested by Feb. 4 and may be made by calling (951) 827-3144 or e-mailing Complimentary parking will be available in Lot 6.

The Writers Week keynote speaker is Janet Fitch, a Los Angeles native best known for her novel, “White Oleander,” which was an Oprah Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages, and was made into a major motion picture in 2000. Her second novel, “Paint It Black,” was published in 2007. She is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in University Lecture Hall 1000.

Authors participating in various panels during the week include: science fiction Greg Benford, professor of physics at UC Irvine and author of “Timescape” and numerous other works of science fiction; Larry Niven, author of science fiction short stories and novels, including “Ringworld”; Sheila Finch, author of numerous short stories and science fiction novels, including “Infinity’s Web”; Tim Geiger, poet and author of “Blue Light Factory”; Michelle Boisseau, professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and author of the poetry collection “A Sunday in God-Years”; Jon Veinberg, author of the poetry collection “An Owl’s Landscape”; Dixie Salazar, a poet, novelist and short-story writer whose most recent collection of poetry is “Blood Mysteries”; Vicki Forman, a nonfiction writer and author of “This Lovely Life”; Victoria Patterson, author of “Drift,” a collection of interlinked short stories; Laila Lalami, UCR assistant professor of creative writing and author of “Secret Son”; and Heidi Durrow, author of “The Girl Who Fell from the Sky.”

Weekday events will be held at UC Riverside, with a final discussion of “No Place for a Puritan: Literature of California’s Deserts” (Heyday Books, 2009) on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the downtown branch of the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave. Writers Week activities are free and open to the public. All-day parking on campus costs $6.

For more information, contact Writers Week director Michael Jayme at or (951) 827-3615, or go online to

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