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8th Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair: Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2013


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Sep 30 - Oct 3, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE San Diego City College Saville Theatre: 1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

2013 8th annual San Diego City College International Book Fair - September 30 - October 3, 2013 Free admission to all events. Open to the public.

The San Diego City College International Book Fair is the outgrowth of over ten years of work by the Creative Writing faculty, their students, and friends in the community at large who put out the journal City Works and San Diego City Works Press.

We are committed to promoting local writers and booksellers as well as reaching out to prominent national and international authors and artists, particularly our friends and neighbors in Mexico.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: in Room V-101
9:35 – 11:10 a.m.: Zohreh Ghahremani’s latest book is is "The Moon Daughter." Her previous novel, "Sky of Red Poppies," was a One Book, One San Diego selection in 2012. Over 200 of her essays, short stories, and vignettes have appeared in magazines and online.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: "Kohl and Chalk" is Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s new book of poems. Hashmi is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose book, "Baker of Tarifa," won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Poetry International.

2:20 – 3:45 p.m. Session 1: Justin Hudnall graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts by way of the Department of Dramatic Writing. He briefly fled from the arts to serve with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York and Southern Sudan. He currently acts as the Executive Director of So Say We All, a San Diego based non-profit arts collective.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1: in Room V-101
8:00 – 9:20 a.m. Session 2: So Say We All contributors to "The Far East: Everything Just as it Is," an anthology of stories from East County San Diego

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Australian-born Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize recipient and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal. A New York Times best seller, her book, "Caleb’s Crossing" is the 2013 One Book, One San Diego selection. Her other books, "Year of Wonders" and "People of the Book," are international bestsellers which have been translated into more than 25 languages.

12:45 – 2:10 p.m.: For over 40 years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than 20 states, "The House I Live In" captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels. The film won the Grand Jury Prize Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1: at Thomas Jefferson School of Law
6:00 to 7:30pm: Founded in 1943, PEN Center USA strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western United States. The organization, therefore, has two distinct yet complementary aims: to promote a literary culture and to protect freedom of expression.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 Google Maps

11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.: Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist. Her latest book, "The Distance Between Us," is a memoir about Grande’s experiences before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Reyna’s first novel, "Across a Hundred Mountains," received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award.

1:00 – 2:10 p.m.: English professor Farrell J. Foreman’s plays have been produced professionally in theatres, colleges, recreation centers, and community centers across the country. Foreman is the recipient of the Samuel Goldwyn Award for playwrighting, the Lorraine Hansberry Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in playwrighting.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2: at D.G. Wills Books
7:00 p.m.: Mel Freilicher’s latest book, "Encyclopedia of Rebels," is published by City Works Press. A long-time San Diego resident, he is the former editor of the seminal literary magazine "Crawl Out Your Window". Freilicher is the author of "The Unmaking of Americans: 7 Lives" and "120 Days in the FBI: My Untold Story by Jane Eyre." He is a contributing author to "Fiction International 22: Pornography & Censorship" and "Fiction International 29: Pain."
D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. La Jolla Google Maps

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd in MS Corporate Ed Auditorium (MS 162)
11:20 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.: Manuel Paul López, winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize for Poetry from the University of Notre Dame Press for The Yearning Feed, was born and raised in El Centro, California. He is a CantoMundo fellow and was recently awarded a Creative Catalyst Fund grant from the San Diego Foundation in 2012, making him one of 15 inaugural fellows.

12:45 – 2:10 p.m.: A former City College student, Gibrán Güido is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. In 2010, he organized the Fifth Annual Queer People of Color Conference at San Diego State University and co-organized the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Third Jotería Conference. He is a recipient of the Richard P. Geyser Ethics Memorial Scholarship.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 at Space 4 Art
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.: A highly produced multimedia variety showcase, VAMP (visual art, music, performance) presents artists and their workshopped material in a polished monthly show. All participants are chosen by blind online submission, all pieces are given a free workshop to further improve the material, and then the final product is curated in a featured capacity.
Space 4 Art, 325 15th St San Diego, CA 92101 Google Maps

LOCATION: The Book Fair will be held at San Diego City College or otherwise noted: 1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. Google Map

PARKING: Parking is scarce because of so much construction on our campus. But, an easy solution is to park in the V building, the parking structure on C and 17th Streets. Permits are available on the second and fifth levels of the parking structure. The fee is $1 an hour or $5 for the whole day.

To get to the parking structure: Proceed east on C Street. Pass 16th Street. Turn right on 17th Street, and then make an immediate right into the parking structure. If you go under the overpass or arrive at Broadway, you have gone too far.

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