2010 Spring Lit Series Archive


Thursday, March 11
9:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
(Faculty dining room)
Gustavo Arellano, ¡Ask a Mexican! and Orange County:

Back by popular demand, Gustavo Arellano is a writer for the Orange County Weekly where he takes on questions from the racist to the inane or naïve in his nationally syndicated column, ¡Ask a Mexican! His column was published in a best-selling book by the same title in 2007. Arellano’s column has a weekly circulation of over 2 million in 39 newspapers across the U.S. and won the 2006 and 2008 Association of Alternative Weeklies award for Best Column. His most recent book, Orange County: A Personal History, is a memoir. The writer is also a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Op/Ed pages and a radio host on KPFK-FM 90.7. He lives in Orange County and is the proud son of Mexican immigrants.


Wednesday, April 14
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saville Theatre
Alia Malek, A Country Called Amreeka: Arab Roots, American Stories:

This book is the story of the last forty-plus years of American history, told through the eyes of Arab Americans. It begins in 1963, before major federal legislative changes seismically transformed the course of American immigration forever. Each chapter describes an event in U.S. history—which may already be familiar—and invites us to live that moment in time in the skin of one Arab American. The chapters follow a timeline from 1963 to the present, and the characters live in every corner of this country. Alia Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The New York Times. A Country Called Amreeka is her first book.


Wednesday, May 5
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Faculty dining room)
2010 City Works Literary Journal and Student Chapbook:

Come celebrate the release of our college’s literary journal and student chapbook featuring poetry, fiction, photography, art work, and creative non-fiction. Students, staff, faculty writers and artists serve as the editorial board and assist with the production of the journal. In addition to publication, this event features awards in various categories. The intention of City Works is to create a journal that reflects the identity and character of City College, provide a venue for emerging local artists, broaden its reach nation-ally, and encourage interaction between the college and the community at large. Each year, the journal and chapbook reveal the promise and talent of our writers, many of whom are published for the first time or whose subsequent works become new books.