USD's CAS Presents Fourth Annual San Diego U-T Festival of Books Aug. 29

USD's CAS Presents Fourth Annual San Diego U-T Festival of Books Aug. 29

Book lovers, enthusiasts and many more who have amped up their reading these last few months to pass the time can rejoice.

The fourth annual San Diego Union-Tribune's Festival of Books, presented by the University of San Diego's College of Arts and Sciences, happens in a virtual format on Saturday, Aug. 29. This free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 75 award-winning authors will be featured, including headliners Walter Mosley, Robert Crais, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Jean Guerrero, Matt de la Pena, Adalyn Grace, Rae Armantrout, Chuck Klosterman and more.

A special social justice panel will happen and will include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, author of "They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives."

Interactive panel sessions, a virtual children's stage with readings and activities, poetry readings art and writing workshops, cooking demonstration, livestream music and entertainment and Spanish language and bilingual programming are all part of the festival's happenings.

USD Faculty Author Panels

Two specific book panel sessions will each feature three current USD College of Arts and Sciences faculty members.

For the "Recent Titles from USD" 1 p.m. (Pacific time) session, Theology and Religious Studies Professor Mary Doak, PhD, fellow THRS Associate Professor Aaron S. Gross, PhD, and Fletcher Jones Chair and Professor of Mathematics Satyan Devadoss, PhD, will discuss their respective books.

Doak is the author of "A Prophetic Public Church: Witness to Hope Amid the Global Crises of the 21st Century." Gross' book is "Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food." Devadoss's book is called "Mage Merlin's Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries." This panel session will be moderated by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Noelle Norton, PhD.

At 3 p.m. Pacific, a panel session titled, "USD on the Greater San Diego Region," will feature Political Science and International Relations Professor Emily Edmonds-Poli, PhD, History Professor Molly McClain, PhD, and Amanda Petersen, PhD, professor in the Languages, Cultures and Literatures Department. CAS Dean Noelle Norton will also moderate this session.

This will be a comprehensive dialogue with the authors as they explore the San Diego region and Mexico from a variety of perspectives. Topics include the remarkable story of Ellen Browning Scripps, Mexico's political development in the 20th century, and ghostly hauntings in contemporary Latin American and Spanish cultures.

For more information about the festival and to register, click here.

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