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May 17, 2011 > Distinguished Writers Series reading

Distinguished Writers Series reading

Submitted By Diane Daniel

Jake Fuchs, English professor emeritus, will return to the Cal State East Bay campus to read from his new, semi-autobiographical tale, "Conrad in Beverly Hills." He will be a guest of the English Department's Distinguished Writers Series.

The free program will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Biella Room of the University Library, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard in Hayward. Books will be available for purchase and there will be an opportunity to have them signed.

"Conrad," created over the past decade, blends serious and not-so-series incidents as a college professor revisits his Beverly Hills home and attempts reconciliation with his temperamental, screenwriter father.

On campus, Fuchs, who holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine, was known for his expertise in 18th Century British Literature, and for chairing the department and serving as an associate dean. After retiring in 2005, he turned to fiction, writing the mysteries "Death of a Dad," and "Death of a Prof," as well as several short stories.

Stephen Gutierrez, professor of English, fiction writer, and event organizer, said of his colleague and friend, "Jake writes with compassion and humor of growing up in Beverly Hills, lonely among the palm trees, through his winsome alter-ego, Conrad Keppler. He gets to you."

This is the fourth presentation by the Distinguished Writers Series this academic year. Poet Forrest Hamer and the winners of this year's DeClercq Poetry Contest read in April, Anita Amirrezvani, an Iranian-American novelist, read in March, and poet Chad Sweeney opened the series in November.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3151 if accommodation is needed.

Campus parking is $2 per hour at meters, or $10 per day, per vehicle - payable at kiosk machines that take dollars and quarters.

Conrad in Beverly Hills
Wednesday, May 18
7 p.m.
Cal State Univ Library
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3151

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