Illuminations Authors Series

Illuminations Authors Series

2018-2019 Authors Series

The 2018-19 Illuminations Authors series features major writers working in fiction, poetry, memoir, and journalism. These writers speak to the questions confronting our time, including pluralism and democracy in America and abroad; the global challenges of climate change and mass migration; and the first generation college experience.

Simon Majumdar
Food writer and celebrity chef; author of Fed, White and Blue: Finding America with My Fork
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
3:30-5:00pm, followed by book signing
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Min Jin Lee
Novelist, author of Pachinko, a National Book Award finalist
Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00-6:15pm, followed by book signing
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Sarah Stillman
Staff writer for The New Yorker and MacArthur Fellow
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Bill McKibben
Science writer, author of The End of Nature
Friday, February 8, 2019
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Kevin Young
Poet and essayist, author of Brown: Poems
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
5:00-6:15pm, followed by book signing
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Natasha Trethewey
Poet, former Poet Laureate, author of Native Guard (Pulitzer Prize)
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Artist
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Humanities Gateway 1030

Grace Talusan
Memoirist and UCI MFA, author of The Body Papers
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00-7:00pm, followed by book signing
Humanities Gateway 1030

Jennine Capo Crucet
Novelist, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
5:00-6:15pm, followed by book signing
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Please check Illuminations calendar listings for full and up-to-date event information. Some events have additional activities, such as book clubs and master classes. Contact for additional information.


Supported by the Office of the Chancellor, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion, the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication, Programs in Writing (Fiction and Poetry), Program in Composition, the Forum for the Academy and the Public, the Department of English, the Humanities Commons, and the UCI Libraries.