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Visiting Writers Series

David Ulin

Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin to speak

“I was always interested in journalism,” said Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin, who is featured in the upcoming Visiting Writers Series event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Hall of Letters.

Ulin will likely read from his latest book, “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time.” It is a “book-length essay on reading and concentration in a scattered age,” he said.

Prior to the reading, Ulin will meet with creative writing students during class time to discuss journalism and nonfiction.

“One of the reasons why I like to teach and talk to students is all about the conversation,” he said. “It’s the key reason why I write, and has a lot to do with me being a book critic. I like the idea of participating in a conversation about literature and why it’s important.”

Ulin taught nonfiction seminars and workshops at Redlands as an adjunct professor from September 2002 to December 2003.

“They were the perfect class size. In a workshop, I’d say 8 to 12 students is the best size,” he said. “Small classes have spoiled me. I always loved them as a student.”

Ulin teaches master’s courses at the low-residency Creative Writing program at the University of California, Riverside, Palm Desert campus, and at the University of Southern California Master of Professional Writing Program.


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