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Dean Koontz and Karen Joy Fowler to Headline Literary Orange 2010

Best-selling authors Dean Koontz and Karen Joy Fowler will be the keynote speakers at the fourth annual Literary Orange, to be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the UCI Student Center. Mark your calendars now for this exciting celebration of authors, readers, and libraries, sponsored by the UCI Libraries and the OC Public Libraries.

Described as “a master of our darkest dreams,” by The Times (London), and “a superb plotter and wordsmith,” by USA Today, Orange County resident Dean Koontz has sold an astounding 400 million novels worldwide and eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. The prolific writer attributes his success to his work ethic and what he calls his "endless fascination with the story-telling process."

Karen Joy Fowler has built a gleaming reputation among readers, critics, and her fellow authors as one of our most entertaining, inventive, and distinctive writers. With the New York Times bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club, now a major motion picture, Fowler made the leap from writer's writer and cult favorite to enormous popular success.

Since moving to UCI in April of 2009, Literary Orange has become one of Orange County’s premier literary festivals. The daylong event includes author panel discussions, book sales and signing sessions, and a banquet-style luncheon. Last April, hundreds of enthusiastic readers heard from keynote speakers Stephen Cannell, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Ron Carlson, the Director of the Programs in Writing at UCI. Carlson said, "It was such a privilege to be with so many like-minded people, who care about the written word and the thoughts behind writing, especially in a time when everything is going faster and faster, and such kind, such deep and quality thinking is under siege."

The lineup of authors for Literary Orange 2010 promises to be exciting, and will feature many UCI faculty and writing program alumni on different genre panels, including professors Gregory Benford, Amy Wilentz, Mark LeVine, and William Lobdell, along with acclaimed novelists Mary Yukari Waters, ‘02, Maile Meloy, ‘00, Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop, ‘04, and Vicki Forman, ‘93.

Look for ongoing announcements and author updates on the Literary Orange Web site. Online registration is now available.

For further information, please contact the Library Development office at x44651 or email partners@uci.edu.

New UCI Libraries Web Sitewww.lib.eci.edu

The UCI Libraries have launched a new Web site that is available at www.lib.uci.edu. While our previous site worked well, we identified areas of improvement through extensive user testing. The new site aims to help you find what you need quickly. We also paid special attention to your students' needs by providing them with just-in-time assistance and easy access to the resources they need to help them succeed.

Our new site features:

  • Easier access to our most popular tools and resources from our home page
  • RSS feeds of library news, events, and new materials
  • Prominent information about our collections
  • Streamlined and graphically interesting design

Feedback received from both faculty and students has been positive. We invite you to contribute your own comments and suggestions by clicking the “Comments and Suggestions” link at the bottom of any page.

For more information, contact Kristine Ferry, Director of Web Services (kferry@uci.edu or x40474).

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