Contact: Isobel Schneider
Berkeley Public Library
Author Cecile Pineda Discusses Her New Book and Life as a Writer at the Berkeley Public Library
Berkeley CA, September 14, 2016—Author Cecile Pineda reads from her upcoming book, Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being, and shares 40 years of the writing life, the breakthroughs, the discouragements, and the daily practice. Professor Marcial González, UC Berkeley Dept. of English, and author of Chicano Novels and the Politics of Form: Race, Class, and Reification will introduce her. There will be time for discussion and book signings after the reading. This free reading occurs Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at the Central Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge St., in the third Floor Community Meeting Room. For questions regarding this program, call 510-981-6150.
Pineda is widely recognized as the author of nine published works of fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent book, Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World, points to root causes underlying human alienation from the natural world. She is the winner of the Gold Medal from the California Commonwealth Club and nominee for the International 2015 Neustadt International Prize for Literature, often referred to as the “American Nobel.” Like the Nobel, it is awarded not for any one work, but for an entire body of work.
Marcial González is currently writing a book on representations of migrant farm laborers in Chicanx literature. Professor González is the recipient of research fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.
“Cecile Pineda is a writer of the utmost artistic integrity.” —J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize recipient
“Cecile Pineda has the nerve to ask the one simple question that eludes our public posturing and computations… What has happened to our mind that we are killing our world? What is it, at the root of our culture that sets us against the rest of creation? The genius of this book is that the question supersedes the answers and takes us on explorations where we make our own discoveries…Pineda has the rare capacity to address the big questions without falling into abstractions or sermonizing…” — Joanna Macy, author Coming Back to Life
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Wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Visit the library’s website.