Award Winning Authors Speaking at SBCC

The community is invited to two special Santa Barbara City College fall 2013 presentations featuring nationally renowned authors. Sponsored by the SBCC English Department, both events are underwritten through the generosity of author and poet Diana Raab.

Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, one of the landmark books about the Vietnam War, will host a question-and-answer session about his work on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in SBCC’s Administration Building, Room 211.

An American novelist and recipient of numerous national literary awards and prizes, Mr. O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried is a collection of semi-autobiographical interrelated short stories based on his own wartime experiences in Vietnam. It is also the subject of this year’s Santa Barbara Reads, the community-wide reading program sponsored by the Santa Barbara Library designed to encourage the exchange of idea, stimulate critical thinking and spark a public conversation.

Maxine Hong Kingston, best known for her contributions to Chinese-American literature and the author of The Woman Warrior, will read from her work on Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the SBCC Garvin Theatre on West Campus.

Ms. Kingston is professor emerita at her alma mater, University of California, Berkeley, and has written three novels and several works of non-fiction about Chinese immigrants’ experiences living in the U.S. The Woman Warrior focuses on the role of gender and ethnicity and their impact on women’s lives. Ms. Kingston is the recipient of several national literary awards.

About Santa Barbara City College:

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves more than 20,000 credit and 12,000 non-credit students per semester/term. In 2013, SBCC was named national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.


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