Pacific Review Reading Series – You Are Invited!

Date: April 24 (Thursday)

Writer: Ron Arias

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 5005 (Library 5th floor)

Ron Arias, a Los Angeles staff correspondent for People magazine, is the author of the novel, The Road to Tamazunchale, nominated for a National Book Award. He has also published a book of creative nonfiction, Five Against the Sea as well as Healing from the Heart with Dr. Mehmet Oz.

In Moving Target Arias explores his children and his search for his father. Rudolfo Anaya, the author of Bless Me, Ultima, writes, “Moving Target reads like an intriguing detective story, with a string of revelations that kept me turning the pages.” Rolando Hinojosa, the author of Estampas del Valle and Dear Rafe, writes, “Moving, tough, tender, a mystery; a work that opens for the reader a world of pain and wonder…I couldn’t put it down.”


Date: May 8 (Thursday)

Writer: Natalie Diaz

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 4005 (Library 4th floor)

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program.


Date: May 15 (Thursday)

Writer: Charles Yu

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 4005 (Library 4th floor)

Charles Yu is an Asian American writer. He is the author of the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe and the short story collections Third Class Superhero and Sorry Please Thank You. How to Live Safely was ranked the year’s second best science fiction novel by the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas and was runner up for the Campbell Memorial Award. He is an award-winning author whose work has been published in The New York Times, Playboy, and Slate.


Date: May 29 (Thursday)

Writer: Marilyn Chin

Time and Place: 6:00 PM PL 4005 (library 4th floor)

Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and author of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen; Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; The Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; and Dwarf Bamboo. Her writing has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry. She was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally. Marilyn Chin has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. She was interviewed by Bill Moyers and featured in his PBS series The Language of Life and in PBS Poetry Everywhere.

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