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

BOOK CLUB: Through a special partnership with the UCI Libraries, we are pleased to co-sponsor a book club on Pachinko, led by Professor Joseph Jeon, Thursday, October 11, 5:30-7:00pm, Orange County and South East Asian Archive (OC&SEAA) Center (Lower Gateway Plaza facing Aldrich Park). Please contact Kat Gaffney, UCI Libraries, for information: krgaffney@uci.edu.  

To RSVP please fill out the form: news.lib.uci.edu/LeeBookClub

Sarah Stillman
Staff writer for The New Yorker and MacArthur Fellow
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00-7:30pm
Crystal Cove Auditorium

Bill McKibben
Science writer, author of The End of Nature
Friday, February 8, 2019
4:00-5:30pm
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

BOOK CLUB: Through a special partnership with the UCI Libraries, we are pleased to co-sponsor a book club on Brown: Poems, led by Professor Amy Gerstler (English) and visiting poet , F. Douglas Brown, Tuesday, February 19, 5:30-7:00pm, Orange County and South East Asian Archive (OC&SEAA) Center (Lower Gateway Plaza facing Aldrich Park) . Please contact Kat Gaffney, UCI Libraries, for information: krgaffney@uci.edu.

To RSVP please fill out the form:  news.lib.uci.edu/YoungBookClub

Natasha Trethewey
Poet, former Poet Laureate, author of Native Guard (Pulitzer Prize)
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Artist
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:00-7:00pm
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

BOOK CLUB: Through a special partnership with the UCI Libraries, we are pleased to co-sponsor a book club on The Body Papers, led by Professor Michelle Latiolais (English), Tuesday, April 16, 5:30-7:00pm, Orange County and South East Asian Archive (OC&SEAA) Center (Lower Gateway Plaza facing Aldrich Park). Please contact Kat Gaffney, UCI Libraries, for information: krgaffney@uci.edu.

To RSVP please fill out the form: news.lib.uci.edu/TalusanBookClub

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

BOOK CLUB: Through a special partnership with the UCI Libraries, we are pleased to co-sponsor a book club on Make Your Home Among Strangers, led by Professor Anita Casavantes-Bradford, Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7:00pm, Orange County and South East Asian Archive (OC&SEAA) Center (Lower Gateway Plaza facing Aldrich Park). Please contact Kat Gaffney, UCI Libraries, for information: krgaffney@uci.edu.

To RSVP please fill out the form: news.lib.uci.edu/CrucetBookClub

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 Illuminations@uci.edu for additional information.

Sponsors

UCI’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture & Inclusion; Chancellor’s Distinguished Speakers Series; UCI Libraries; M.F.A. Programs in Writing; Forum for the Academy and the Public; Center for Critical Korean Studies; Phi Beta Kappa; and Humanities Commons. Other sponsors include the departments of English, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Criminology, Law & Society, and the Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication.