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May 8, 2012 > Rob Davidson reads from new book

Rob Davidson reads from new book

Submitted By Diane Daniel

Fiction writer Rob Davidson will read from his new book, "The Farther Shore: Stories," when he appears Wednesday, May 9 on the Cal State East Bay campus as a guest of the English Department's Distinguished Writers Series. Admission is free and everyone is invited. A book signing will follow.

In describing his style, Davidson says, "I write character-driven literary realism that seeks to illuminate, in the finest language I can muster, the lives of real people.

"I think of character in fiction: that thing which I know to be a fiction, a construction of language, and yet I must pretend it isn't. I unabashedly love best those writers who, in anticipation of my hunger, pretend hardest. Henry James. Alice Munro. William Trevor. Junot Diaz. (You'll have your own list.)," he said.

Stephen Gutierrez, professor of English and program director, has high praise for Davidson's fiction. "Rob Davidson writes with a beguiling simplicity that is utterly devastating in the end. He has that rare gift I look for in all short story writers in this day and age of bloated reputations and boring stories - he is readable, eminently readable, and he is meaningful, eminently meaningful. He is wonderful," said Gutierrez.

In addition to "Farther Shore," Davidson is the author of, "The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells," and "Field Observations: Stories."

His honors include winning the 2009 Camber Press Fiction Award, a 1997 AWP Intro Journals Project Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination; and having twice been selected Artist-in-Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY. He is currently associate professor of English at California State University, Chico, where he teaches creative writing and American literature.

CSUEB welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation upon request. Please notify event sponsor in advance at (510) 885-3151 if accommodation is needed.

Campus parking is $2 per hour - payable at kiosk machines in several parking lots.

Rob Davidson Reading
Wednesday, May 9
7 p.m.
Biella Room, University Library
Cal State East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 885-3151

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