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Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay coming to UC Riverside’s Writers Week

By in Press Enterprise on December 27, 2017

By Alejandra Molina

Women writers are taking center stage at this year’s UC Riverside’s Writers Week — an event described as California’s longest-running free literary event.

Feminist icon Maxine Hong Kingston and essayist Roxane Gay are participating in the 41st annual event, Feb. 12-17. Kingston, Gay, and best-selling novelist Janet Fitch are the headliners.

The free event, which features presentations and readings from 17 authors, has always had a focus on diversity, according to Tom Lutz, a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside. Throughout the years, the event has focused on featuring diverse voices.

Kingston, a Chinese-American novelist and journalist, has written a number of books, including “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts” and “China Man.” She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Gay — a Haitian-American fiction writer, editor, and professor — is the author of The New York Times best selling “Bad Feminist,” and her latest, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.”

Fitch’s book “White Oleander” was an Oprah’s Book Club selection that became a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Her latest novel, “The Revolution of Marina M.” is a historical saga of the Russian Revolution.

Writers Week is presented by UC Riverside’s Department of Creative Writing, with additional support from African Student Programs, the LGBT Resource Center, The Well, and the Women’s Resource Center.

If you go:

What: Writers Week

When: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 12-17

Where: CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, Screening Room 1128

Information: writersweek.ucr.edu or 951-827-3245

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