Reading California Lit for Resistance: A Boom Conversation with Susan Straight

Boom conversation with Susan Straight




This conversation is part of a Boom California brown bag lunch series, co-sponsored by the Dept. of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics and the Pollak Library. 

Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be on hand.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: PLN 130

One of Southern Californian's most important voices, Susan Straight comes to Cal State Fullerton for a lunch time discussion with Boom Editor Jason Sexton about how reading California literature not only informs us about the history of places we think we already know, but also trains us for resistance, instilling values essential to democracy, like stewardship and empathy, while cultivating responsible imagination.


Susan Straight, Award Winning Author & Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing (UC Riverside)

Building on her essay, "The American Experience in 737 Novels," published in The Granta and among their top visited sites worldwide in 2017, Straight will focus on the California portion of the map, "The California Experience."Come hear a rich discussion about important California books you know, and some you don't, but should!

Straight is a recipient of the LA Times Book Prize’s Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement. Born and raised in Riverside, Straight has made the region the subject of her fiction and nonfiction, and is a teacher in UC Riverside’s creative writing program. Her 2001 novel, Highwire Moon, was a finalist for the National Book Award; her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and Lannan Literary Prize.




The event is open to any and all who wish to attend so please feel free to bring your lunch and join the


About boom california


Published by University of California Press, Boom is a peer-review publication dedicated to inspiring lively conversations about the vital social and cultural issues of our time in California and beyond. It aims to be the place where the most serious discussions are happening about the world in California and California in the world.

Boom hosts these important and timely themed critical discussions that are academic yet public-facing, theoretical and practical, blending the approaches of interdisciplinary hybridity for engagement with California’s dynamic culture.



Location & Floor Map


This program is being held on March 21, 2018, in room PLN-130 located in the First Floor North of Pollak Library.