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Bestselling Author to Read Her Work

Bestselling Author to Read Her Work at UC Riverside

(April 29, 2011)

Aimee Bender. Photo by Max S. GerberEnlarge

Aimee Bender. Photo by Max S. Gerber

Author Aimee Bender will visit UC Riverside to read from her most recent work at 4 p.m. on May 5 in CHASS INTS 1128. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $5

“Aimee is a wonderful author and one of the most popular fiction writers in the country right now,” said Susan Straight, professor of creative writing. “Our students are really excited about the opportunity to hear her read from her work.”

Bender is known for injecting surreal elements into her books, which explore the lives of everyday people.

In her latest book “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” a soon-to-be 9-year-old Rose Edelstein discovers that she can taste her mother’s emotions in her homemade cake. The discovery uncovers surprising secrets about her mother and other family members.

Bender is the author of three other books. Her first book, “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” (1998), was on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a New York Times Notable Book. “An Invisible Sign of My Own” (2000) was a Los Angeles Times pick of the year; “Willful Creatures” (2005) was nominated by the monthly magazine The Believer as one of the best books of the year. “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” recently won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) award for best fiction and an Alex Award.

Her short fiction has been published in many magazines including Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, McSweeney's and The Paris Review. She has been on Public Radio International’s “This American Life” and “Selected Shorts.”

Bender has received two Pushcart prizes, and was nominated for the TipTree award in 2005, and the Shirley Jackson short story award in 2010. Her fiction has been translated into 16 languages. Bender teaches creative writing at USC.

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