Juli Delgado-Lopera discusses “Fiebre Tropical” with Myriam Gurba, Nikki Darling, and Michelle Tea

Uprooted from Bogotá into an ant-infested Miami townhouse, fifteen-year-old Francisca is miserable in her strange new city. Her alienation grows when her mother is swept up in an evangelical church, replete with abstinent salsa dancers and baptisms for the dead.
But there, Francisca meets the magnetic Carmen: head of the youth group and the pastor’s daughter. As her mother’s mental health deteriorates, Francisca falls for Carmen and is saved to grow closer with her, even as their relationship hurtles toward a shattering conclusion.

Chana Porter reads from “The Seep” with Agnes Borinsky

Trina Goldberg-Oneka is a fifty-year-old trans woman whose life is irreversibly altered in the wake of a gentle—but nonetheless world-changing—invasion by an alien entity called The Seep. Through The Seep, everything is connected. Capitalism falls, hierarchies and barriers are broken down; if something can be imagined, it is possible.

Sarah Ruhl discusses and signs “Letters from Max: A Poet, a Teacher, a Friendship”

In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet. He was also in remission from pediatric cancer.
Over the next four years–in which Ritvo’s illness returned and his health declined, even as his productivity bloomed–the two exchanged letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection.

Dan Zigmond discusses and signs “Buddha’s Office”

Without setting foot in an office, Buddha knew that helping people work right was essential to helping them find their path to awakening. Now more than ever, we need Buddha’s guidance. Too many of us are working long hours, dealing with difficult bosses, high-maintenance coworkers, and non-stop stress. We need someone to help remind us that there is a better way. With Buddha’s wisdom at the core of every chapter, Buddha’s Office will help you learn how to stop taking shortcuts and pay more attention, care for yourself and others, deal with distractions, and incorporate Buddha’s ageless instructions into our modern working life.

CAP UCLA presents Piper Kerman in conversation with Rachel Kushner

CAP UCLA presents Piper Kerman in conversation with Rachel Kushner on Jan. 30 at Royce Hall. Kerman’s experiences inspired the bestselling memoir and Netflix series, Orange Is the New Black. Kushner’s most recent work delivers a critique of the judicial system and the prison-industrial complex. Kerman and Kushner will discuss the challenges faced by incarcerated women and the need for prison reform in America.
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Location: Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Ct., Los Angeles, CA 90095

Donna Rifkind discusses and signs “The Sun and Her Stars”

Hollywood was created by its “others”; that is, by women, Jews, and immigrants. Salka Viertel was all three and so much more. She was the screenwriter for five of Greta Garbo’s movies and also her most intimate friend. At one point during the Irving Thalberg years, Viertel was the highest-paid writer on the MGM lot.

Andre Perry reads from “Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now” with Roxane Gay

Andre Perry’s debut collection of personal essays, “Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now,” travels from Washington DC to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like San Francisco while coming of age in America.