MSJC Presents: Authors In Conversation

​November 7, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Menifee Valley Campus, Room 927 of the Technology Building
28237 La Piedra Rd., Menifee, 92584
Award-winning authors and MSJC professors Duff Brenna (Too Cool: a novel) and Eduardo Santiago (Midnight Rumba) will engage in a conversation about writing, publishing, and their work.
The event is offered by the Mt. San Jacinto College Menifee Valley Campus English Department and is free and open to the public.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for students and the public to listen to and participate in a conversation between two award-winning local authors about their work.
Duff Brenna’s life exemplifies the theme of transformation through repeatedly banging one’s head up against the universal Why Not? And what he’s learned about the human heart as he transformed himself painfully from delinquent to artist brilliantly colors his work.
Brenna is a freelance writer, Professor Emeritus of English literature and creative writing at California State University, San Marcos, and currently teaches creative writing at Mt. San Jacinto College. He is the author of six published novels, a collection of short stories, and a memoir. His books have been translated into Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hebrew, and Japanese. His publications include: The Book of Mamie, winner of the prestigious AWP Award for Best Novel, The Holy Book of the Beard, called “an underground classic” by The New York Times,  Too Cool, a NY Times Noteworthy Book, The Altar of the Body, winner of a San Diego Writers Prize in 2002, and the Editors Prize Favorite Book of the Year awarded by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Willow Man, called “another work of indelible genius” by Irish Edition, The Law of Falling Bodies, called “a bravura performance by one of America’s best talents” by Michael Lee, Literary Editor of The Cape Cod Voice and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Minnesota Memoirs, stories which Steve Davenport says “will stay with you because they’re shaped by the best of the best,”  Murdering the Mom, described by Wordcraft of Oregon as “...a heart-rending memoir that exceeds the expectations one normally has of a memoir, that is, it reads like a captivating novel.”
Learn more about Duff Brenna by visiting his website:
Eduardo Santiago’s first novel, Tomorrow They Will Kiss (Back Bay Books, 2006), was an Edmund White Debut Fiction Award finalist and a Latino Book Award finalist. His follow-up novel, Midnight Rumba, received a starred Kirkus review, earned top honors at the prestigious New England Book Festival and the Latino International Book Awards, and won the coveted Beverly Hills Book Award for best fiction.
His shorter works have been published in ZYZZYVA, Slow Trains, The Caribbean Writer, Platte Valley Review, and KYSO Flash, among others. His nonfiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Advocate, and Out Traveler magazine.
He earned a BFA degree from the California Institute of the Arts and a Creative Writing MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. He has taught writing for U.C.L.A. Extension and MSJC.
Santiago is the founder of the Idyllwild Authors Series, and a two-time PEN Center U.S.A. Fellow (2004 and 2008). His many personal appearances include CBS News, NPR’s All Things Considered, New York Book Festival, Miami Book Fair International, Tucson Festival of Books, West Hollywood Book Fair, and Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Learn more about Eduardo Santiago by visiting his website:
For more information contact Ted Blake at 951-639-5487 or