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UCR Creative Writing Professor Reads from Collection of Short Stories

Michael Jayme Reads/Discusses Critically Acclaimed “Every Night is Ladies’ Night”

(January 5, 2005)

Michael Jayme

Michael Jayme

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — www.ucr.eduMichael Jayme, professor of creative writing, will read from and discuss his critically acclaimed debut collection of short stories, “Every Night is Ladies’ Night,” from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan.19, in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Tomás Rivera Library at the University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave. The event will be Web cast live. For more information call Special Collections at the UCR Libraries at (951) 827—3233.

A native of El Monte, California, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Jayme studied writing first as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, and then at UC Irvine’s Master of Fine Arts in Fiction program. The collection of ten short stories, “Every Night is Ladies’ Night,” was published in February 2004 by Rayo, Harper Collins and has received praise from critics such as USA Today’s book writer, Anne Stephenson, who called "Every Night is Ladies' Night," "a love letter to the city in which he was raised, a place where luck is in short supply but hope survives, as quiet and resilient as the sunrise."

In the book, Jayme weaves a tapestry of working class characters who ring true amid the author’s attentiveness to rich, tender detail and masterful subtlety. Jayme is currently at work on new stories, as well as a novel about rural musicians in Mexico.

Jayme’s presentation is the third of the UCR Libraries’ Author Series for 2004-2005. The monthly series, which began in September 2002, brings the riches of the campus libraries and the talent of UCR faculty and staff to the community. According to organizer Melissa Conway, head of UCR Libraries’ 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. Information about visitors' parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive/ Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard entrances.

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

  • Feb. 16, 2005 - Ralph Crowder, associate professor, 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, Department of English, discussing “Friendly Fire: American Images of the Vietnam War” (Oxford University Press, 2000).

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

  • May 18, 2005 — Norman C. Ellstrand, professor of genetics, 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.
Book jacket for

Book jacket for "Every Night is Ladies' Night"


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