Author Steve Almond will read from his new collection of essays, (Not That You asked): Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions this Friday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alice Peters Auditorium (PB 191).
A Q & A Session will take place before the reading from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Room 194 in the Peters Building.
This event is free and open to the public, with parking available in Lots UBC, A, and J.
Originally from Palo Alto, California, Almond gained notoriety in May 2006 for publishing an open letter of resignation to the Boston Globe resigning his position as an adjunct professor at Boston College in order to protest the College’s choice of Condoleezza Rice as its graduation commencement speaker.
Almond is the author of two previous story collections, My Life in Heavy Metal (2003) and The Evil B.B. Chow (2006), as well as a nonfiction examination of his obsession with all things confectionery and the rise of the American candy industry, Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America (2004). He also co-authored a novel, Which Brings Me to You, with Julianna Baggott.
Almond’s new collection, (Not That You Asked), includes an open attack on Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club, for which he immediately apologizes by offering his newborn daughter to Oprah as a gift of trust. Other essays explore topics ranging from Fox News to sexual obsessions of past girlfriends to the impact of Kurt Vonnegut on the author’s life.
For more on Steve Almond, check out Carol Claassen’s interview with him on FresnoFamous.com.