September 18, 2009

Familiar SSU Faces at the 10th Annual Sonoma County Book Festival

Many familiar SSU faces will be in the audience and on the stage at the 10th annual Sonoma County Book Festival on Sat., Sept. 19 in Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of this year's Festival is "Bounty of the County - Local and Sustainable Literary Arts." Admission is free.

rosen.jpgGerald Rosen, who taught English and Creative Writing for many years at SSU, reads from his new book Cold Eye, Warm Heart - A Novelist's Search for Meaning at the Forum Room in the Sonoma County Public Library in Santa Rosa at 2:30 p.m.

The book is a non-fiction, comic, political, and philosophical memoir and personal history of the years 1956-1973. Noted critic Jerome Klinkowitz says "This is the best book about the American cultural transformation of the second half of the Twentieth Century that has ever been written."

The book is an American success story that turns into a counter-cultural and spiritual journey, challenging the fundamental, underlying assumptions of American culture. It begins in The Bronx, moves to Greenwich Village, and then to a description of campus life in the early days of Sonoma State. Rosen says in the book, "Instead of a town square, Cotati had a town circle. Nothing square could exist in Cotati." The book contains 31 pages of photos, and Rosen has told members of the SSU campus community, "Some of you are in it."

Rosen's books have been recommended by the New York Times and have been the subject of four European university dissertations. He has spoken about them at leading universities in the United States and Europe. He is also the author of Blues for a Dying Nation, The Carmen Miranda Memorial Flagpole, Growing Up Bronx, and the nonfiction Zen in the Art of J.D. Salinger.

Other SSU-related participants include:

Alumni Nancy Garcia, an English graduate, in charge of the Children's Tent.

J.J. Wilson, retired English professor, holds down the Sitting Room Community Library.

SSU graduate student and current president of the Redwood Writers, Linda Reid, presides over the Redwood Writers Reading Circle where many will read, among them SSU students, present and former.

For a full list of authors, panels, and programs visit the Book Festival website at

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057