By Lookout Staff
September 12, 2012 -- From Saigon to corruption in the art world to a journey into hell and back, Santa Monica College is offering a series of readings by distinguished authors this fall.
The fall Literary Series -- which showcases an eclectic collection of their works of fiction and nonfiction – kicks off next Tuesday with California author Tatjana Soli discussing and reading from her debut novel “The Lotus Eaters."
The book, which takes place in the final days of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the oldest British literary award.
On October 16, Tema Merback will read from her book “In the Face of Evil,” he story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor, and her father, who were rescued by the Kindertransport from Vienna, Austria.
"The book chronicles the journey through hell, but it’s a story of hope about a passage from ashes to redemption," according to series organizers.
On November 13, Jason Felch, an award-winning investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times, will discuss his book “Chasing Aphrodite: Getty Museum and the Black Market in Looted Art,” which exposes corruption in the art world.
On December 4, Gary Amdahl, the author of “The Sources of Imagination,” will discuss how the confrontation between what we perceive outside ourselves and what we “make of it” inside ourselves is what produces writing, literature and art, series organizers said.
Amdahl is the award-winning author of “Visigoth,” a collection of short stories, and “I am Death,” two novellas, and his fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in such publications as Agni, Massachusetts Review, A Public Space, Gettysburg Review, Santa Monica Review, Fiction and Third Bed.
All lectures are free and are held at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. For more information, call (310) 434-4303.
Celebrating its 10th year, the SMC literary series has brought to campus such acclaimed writers as Khaled Hosseini, author of the best-selling “The Kite Runner;” Audrey Niffenegger, author of the bestselling “Time Traveler’s Wife;” and Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”
The series is sponsored by the SMC Associates, a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus, and the SMC English Department.