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Author Series Begins Third Year

Author Series Starts Third Year With Book About Former UCR Chancellor

Pat Mora to Read from “Tomás and the Library Lady”

(October 1, 2004)

Pat Mora

Pat Mora

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.eduPat Mora, the award-winning author of more than 25 poetry, non-fiction and children’s books, is scheduled to read from her book, Tomás and the Library Lady, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1, on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library at the University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave. The event, co-sponsored by the Riverside Public Library, will be Web cast live. For more information call Special Collections at the UCR Libraries at (951) 827-3233.

Mora kicks off the UCR Libraries’ Author Series for 2004-2005, reading from her 1997 book, published by Alfred A. Knopf, based on a childhood story of the late Tomás Rivera, who was Chancellor of UC Riverside from 1979 until his death in 1984. Rivera’s encounter with the library and it’s many stories, along with his friendship with the librarian, sparked a lifelong love of learning that led him from a farm worker’s childhood to the halls of academia to the first Latino Chancellorship in the University of California.

An accomplished author, Mora is also a much sought-after speaker about the writing process, multicultural education, family literacy and leadership. Among her many honors are the 2004 Distinguished Alumna of the University of Texas, El Paso and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Umbria, Italy in 2003. Mora’s books will be on sale at the event courtesy of Imagine That Bookstore of Riverside.

The monthly UCR Libraries’ Author Series, which began in September 2002, brings the riches of the campus libraries to the community. According to organizer Melissa Conway, who heads UC Riverside’s Special Collections, the authors are all affiliated in some way with UC Riverside. All UCR Libraries’ Author Series events are free and open to the public.

Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $2 per hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive/ Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrances.

All other events in the UCR Libraries’ Author Series take place on Wednesdays and include:

  • Nov. 17, 2004 - Conrad Rudolph, professor in the Department of Art History, reading from Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela (The University of Chicago Press, 2004).

  • Jan. 19, 2005 - Michael Jayme, assistant professor in the Department of Creative Writing, reading from Every Night is Ladies' Night (Rayo Harper Collins2004).

  • Feb. 16, 2005 - Ralph Crowder, associate professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, discussing John Edward Bruce: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora (New York University Press, 2004).

  • March 23, 2005 - Katherine Kinney, associate professor and graduate advisor of English, discussing Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War (Oxford University Press, 2000).

  • April 20, 2005 - Christopher Buckley, professor in the Department of Creative Writing, reading from Sky (Sheep Meadow Press, 2004).

  • May 18, 2005 — Norman C. Ellstrand, professor of genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, discussing Dangerous Liaisons?: When Cultivated Plants Mate with their Wild Relatives (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003).

The UC Riverside Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in five facilities: the Tomás Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences); the Science Library; the Music Library; Media Library; and Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources.

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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