2013 Book Fair Archive

Eighth Annual San Diego City College International Book Fair Schedule

Monday, September 30, Room V-101:

9:35 – 11:10 a.m.                   Zohreh Ghahremani, author of Sky of Red Poppies and new book, The Moon Daughter

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Kohl and Chalk, a book of exquisite poetry

2:20 – 3:45 p.m.                     Session 1:  So Say We All contributors to The Far East: Everything Just as it Is, an anthology of stories from East County San Diego

Tuesday, October 1, Saville Theater:

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.                   Pulitzer Prize recipient and former Wall Street Journal reporter Geraldine Brooks, author of Caleb’s Crossing, the One Book, One San Diego selection for 2013.
(Saville Theatre on the northside of C Street between 14th and 15th Streets)

Tuesday, October 1, 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

12:45 – 2:10 p.m.                   Screening, The House I Live In, Grand Jury Prize Documentary, 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which examines the correlation between the war on drugs and mass incarceration

Tuesday, October 1, Thomas Jefferson School of Law:

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.                     PEN Center USA Presents “Freedom to Write: A Reading and Panel Discussion,” Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1155 Island Ave. San Diego. The PEN Center defends writers who have been persecuted and tortured throughout the world.


Wednesday, October 2, Room V-101:

11:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.         Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us and Across A Hundred Mountains and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

1:00 – 2:10 p.m.                     Reading and performance by Lorraine Hansberry Award recipient and City College professor Farrell Foreman, author of On Top the Carpetman’s Head

Wednesday, October 2, D.G. Wills Books:

7:00 p.m.                                Mel Freilicher, City Works Press author of Encyclopedia of Rebels D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave.  La Jolla  

Thursday, October 3, MS Corporate Ed Auditorium (MS 162):

11:20 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.          Manuel Paul López, The Yearning Feed, winner of the 2013 Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, which focuses on the San Diego/Imperial Valley regions, communities located along the U.S.-Mexico border

12:45 – 2:10 p.m.                   Panel and book signing, Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, edited by former City College student Gibrán Güido and San Diego State professor Adelaida del Castillo   

Thursday, October 3, Space 4 Art:

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.                     VAMP (Video Art, Music, Performance), a multimedia showcase of City College literary works. Space 4 Art, 325 15th St., San Diego.

2013 Authors


Geraldine Brooks

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.

Brooks worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.

In 1982, Brooks won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 2006, she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.

That year, Brooks was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for her novel, March. Her other books, Year of Wonders and People of the Book, are international bestsellers which have been translated into more than 25 languages. Brooks is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

Brooks grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney and attended Bethlehem College Ashfield as well as the University of Sydney.

More Info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULilLp1mnmQ

Farrell Foreman

Get ready for an hour of fun and great performance with playwright, poet, and City’s own English professor  Farrell J. Foreman who will read excerpts from his works.  Foreman's plays have been produced professionally in theatres, colleges, recreation centers and community centers across the country. He has served as visiting professor of playwrighting at Ohio State University and the University of Louisville.  Foreman is also 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.  He is co-founder of Bear Arts Foundation, a national service organization for theatres and writers of color based in San Diego.


Mel Freilicher

Mel Freilicher is a long-time San Diego resident and former editor of the seminal literary magazine Crawl Out Your Window. He teaches writing at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. 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. His latest book, Encyclopedia of Rebels, is published by City Works Press.




Zohreh Ghahremani

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. Previously a pediatric dentist also teaching at Northwestern University Dental School, Ghahremani moved to San Diego in 2000 to devote herself to writing. Since then, over 200 of her essays, short stories, and vignettes have appeared in magazines and online.

A bilingual, Iranian American author, her first book, The Commiserator, was published in her native Persian language. Ghahremani has contributed to several anthologies, including Tremors, a compilation of works by Iranian-American writers. She is also a columnist for Zan Magazine, a quarterly publication for women.

More Info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULilLp1mnmQ

Reyna Grande

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. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as “the Angela’s Ashes of the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

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. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies, was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Award. Both novels have been read widely in schools across the country and have been published internationally.

Grande earned a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing and film and video from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She later received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.

More Info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULilLp1mnmQ

Gibrán Güido

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.

His book, Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, is an anthology explores issues of queer youth identity, sexuality, masculinity, homophobia, sexism, and violence in Mexican and American culture.

The volume gives readers the opportunity to value deeply personal narratives from queer Chicanos/Mexicanos and makes it possible for them to understand and sympathize with the stories’ protagonists.

Güido co-edited the publication with San Diego State Chicano Studies professor Adelaida Del Castillo.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi

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, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, The Cortland Review, New Millennium Writings, RHINO, The Citron Review, and Journal of Postcolonial Writings and is forthcoming in Spillway and other publications. Her essays have also been published in the Washington Post, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies, and Knot Magazine.

Hashmi has taught in the MFA program at San Diego State University as a writer-in-residence

The House I Live In


As America remains embroiled in conflict overseas, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans.

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 of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, offering a definitive portrait and revealing its profound human rights implications.

While recognizing the seriousness of drug abuse as a matter of public health, the film investigates the tragic errors and shortcomings that have meant it is more often treated as a matter for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that feeds largely on America’s poor, especially minority communities.

Beyond simple misguided policy, The House I Live In examines how political and economic corruption have fueled the war for decades, despite persistent evidence of its moral, economic, and practical failures.

The film won the Grand Jury Prize Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

More info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0atL1HSwi8

Justin Hudnall

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Justin Hudnall

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. In 2012 he was selected as a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Fellow and recipient of the Rising Arts Leader Award. His work has been featured by The Quotable, CityBeat, Voice of San Diego, Pinchback Press, Naughty American, The Huffington Post, Vermin on the Mount, and Heinemann Press.

Under his leadership at So Say We All, the collaborative publishes books and conducts readings, workshops, and performances. Its anthology, The Far East: Everything Just As It Is, was made possible by a Creative Catalyst Program Fellowship awarded to Hudnall by the San Diego Foundation through the sponsorship of San Diego Writers Ink.

Hudnall will serve as moderator for two panel discussions on The Far East: Everything Just As It Is, which captures the essence of San Diego's East County through stories, poems, photographs and narratives of over 40 contributors--established authors and beginning writers alike. The volume communicates the feel of the region through these many and varied voices. The publication is available as a numbered, limited edition print featuring letter-pressed jacket and CD audiobook of select contributors accompanied with music from "labs."

More info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANypR6EZhJg

Manuel Paul López

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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, and received degrees from the University of California, San Diego and San Francisco State University.

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. The writer’s work has been published in Bilingual Review/La Revista Bilingue, The Bitter Oleander, Hanging Loose, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA, among others, and anthologized in Roque Dalton Redux ).

López’s first book, Death of a Mexican and other Poems, was published by Bear Star Press in 2006 and was awarded the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. The author and his wife live in San Diego, California with his wife.

PEN Center USA

Pen Center USAPEN Center USA, one of two centers in the United States and the third largest in the world, was founded in 1943 and incorporated as a nonprofit association in 1981. PEN Center USA’s membership of more than 800 writers includes poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists (for the original letters in the acronym, “PEN”), as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, and translators.

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. Among PEN Center USA’s various activities are public literary events, a mentorship project, literary awards, and international human rights campaigns on behalf of writers who are censored or imprisoned.

More info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFyxNGaGPZc