Have you always wanted to write a novel?

This Thursday (Oct. 25) at 6pm. Pfau Library Special Collections (PL4005) is hosting a panel of novelists who will speak about the process of preparing to write a novel. This is in support of our students who are interested in participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

So far, our panelists are:

Diana Wagman: a novelist, screenwriter, and the author of numerous short stories. (She’s also a professor at California State University San Bernardino!) Her first novel, Skin Deep, was lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant debut.” Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction. Bump, her third novel, was short-listed for the Dublin Literary Prize. Her fourth novel, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, will be officially released this November (but you can buy it from Amazon now). It has already been optioned by a film production company! The New York Post said:

If Flannery O’Connor had popped out a daughter, her sentences would sound like Diana Wagman’s. She writes with the pen of a poet, the eye of a sage, and the heart of the best friend you ever had.

Gayle Brandeis: a poet and novelist. She is currently serving as the 2012-2014 Inlandia Literary Laureate. Her first novel, The Book of Dead Birds, won the Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change. Self Storage, her second novel was described in Booklist as having “slyly insouciant humor and irresistible characters.” Her third novel, Delta Girls, brings together the stories of two very different women. Her fourth, The Book of Live Wires, reconnects with the characters from The Book of Dead Birds, allowing fans to catch up with the characters they love. In the middle of all this, Ms. Brandeis wrote a juvenile novel, My Life with the Lincolns. This is part of the review from Kirkus:

Brandeis has created an appealing, quirky protagonist, still childlike in her sensibilities and understanding…. In her first novel for young readers, the author goes beyond usual stories of the civil-rights movement, demonstrating well-intentioned but tone-deaf gestures of white supporters and the discomfort of change.

Martin Lastrapes is a novelist and a short story writer. He grew up in the Inland Empire and was a student at California State University San Bernardino, where he now teaches. His first novel, Inside the Outside, won the grand prize at the 2012 Paris Book Festival, the prize for general fiction at the Hollywood Book Festival, and was a runner-up at the New York Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival. S. Kay Murphy, author of Tainted Legacy: The Story of Alleged Serial Killer Bertha Gifford, said:

In this debut novel, Lastrapes slips deftly from disturbingly dark to vibrantly tender and every hue and shadow in between, sending the reader on a journey through a place that is as beautiful and alluring as it is horrific. Deliciously creepy…


You are invited! Please come. Don’t put off your dreams for another year!

Everyone is welcome to this event. If you do not already have a parking permit for Cal State San Bernardino, you can purchase a temporary parking pass from the kiosk at the University Avenue entrance for $5.



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