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February Is for Writers

February Is for Writers

UC Riverside sponsors prestigious literary events – Writers Week and the Eaton Science Fiction Conference.

(January 20, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – February is “writers month” at UC Riverside as two Pulitzer Prize winners and luminaries of science fiction take part in the annual Hays Lecture, Writers Week and the Eaton Science Fiction Conference.

Jonathan Gold, the only food critic to win a Pulitzer Prize, will deliver the 43rd Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Gold, who is the restaurant critic for LA Weekly and is the author of “Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles,” won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2007. Admission to his lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Feb. 3. Free parking will be available in Lot 6. RSVP to Alyssa Oates at or call (951) 827-3144.

Writers Week begins Feb. 8 and continues through Feb. 11. The keynote speaker will be poet Philip Levine, who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for “The Simple Truth.” He will speak on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Levine has won numerous awards for his books of poems, among them the National Book Award for “What Work Is” (1991), the National Book Critics Circle Award and the first American Book Award for Poetry for “Ashes: Poems New and Old” (1979), and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for “The Names of the Lost” (1975).

The complete schedule is available at 2011/index.html. Except for the Hays Lecture, all events will be held in the Interdisciplinary Building. Writers Week is free and open to the public. Parking costs $6 per day.

The Science Fiction Studies Symposium, which will explore the theme “The Singularity in SF Literature and Theory,” will be held on Feb. 10 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Spanish Art Gallery at the Mission Inn & Spa in downtown Riverside, 3649 Mission Inn Ave. Scheduled participants include Neil Easterbrook, who teaches literary theory at Texas Christian University and is an editorial consultant for the journal Science Fiction Studies; Brooks Landon, professor of English at the University of Iowa and author of “Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars”; and Latham, who is a senior editor of Science Fiction Studies.

The 2011 Eaton Science Fiction Conference will explore global science fiction in a three-day event that begins Feb. 11.

The conference, which draws authors, scholars and fans from throughout North America and around the world, will be held at the Mission Inn & Spa. Authors Nalo Hopkinson, China Miéville and Karen Tei Yamashita are among the conference speakers. Hopkinson is the Jamaica-born author of “Brown Girl in the Ring” and “The New Moon’s Arms”; Miéville is the English author of “Perdido Street Station,” “The City and the City” and “Kraken”; and Yamashita is an associate professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz and author of “I Hotel” and “Tropic of Orange.”

Other notable authors who will participate are Greg Benford and Howard Hendrix. Mike Davis, distinguished professor of creative writing at UCR, will deliver the keynote address.

Renowned science fiction authors Samuel R. Delany and Harlan Ellison will receive the 2010 and 2011 Eaton Award for Lifetime Achievement in Science Fiction. Ellison, the 2011 recipient, plans to attend the conference to accept the award. The award recognizes outstanding authors for their body of work. Science fiction icons Ray Bradbury and Frederik Pohl were the first and second recipients in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Winners of the Student Short Story Contest, which is open to UC students, will be announced.

Both the Eaton Conference and symposium are open to the public. Admission to the symposium is free. Registration for the entire conference is $165 or $75 for a single day. Student admission is $55.

The conference is sponsored by the UCR Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. For more information go to

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