Real Life and Powerful Fictions: Bestselling authors Vanessa Hua and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto talk about their new books, "River of Stars" and "Shadow Child"

UCR Department of Creative Writing

Department of Creative Writing

6th Annual Creative Writing Reading Series
Susan Straight, coordinator
Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing

Real Life and Powerful Fictions: Bestselling authors
Vanessa Hua and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
talk about their new books, A River of Stars and Shadow Child, and how women’s stories shaped these imaginative literary thrillers.  

Q&A to follow, moderated by Susan Straight

April 11, 2019
Thursday, 3:00-5:00 P.M.
CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South - Round Room, INTS 1111
Free and open to the campus.

Books for sale and signing available after the event. Books are also available at the UCR Bookstore.

Vanessa Hua is a UCR alumna and graduate from the Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts MFA Program. She is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a novel, A River of Stars, and a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities.  For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. A Bay Area native, she works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s three books include Shadow Child, a mystery/family/saga/historical novel set in Hawaii, New York and Japan; her memoir, Hiroshima in the Morning, which moves from the original “Ground Zero” to its echo, the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and her first novel, Why She Left Us, about the Japanese American incarceration camps.  Awards and recognitions include an American Book Award, Grub Street National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Finalist, Asian American Literary Award Finalist, Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee, among others. She is also a recipient of the U.S./Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She was Associate Editor of The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings About New York City. She has been interviewed widely on motherhood including on The Today Show, 20/20, and The View. Reiko’s articles on motherhood, Hiroshima, the Japanese incarceration camps and radiation poisoning have been published globally, including in the L.A. Times, Guardian UK, CNN Opinion, and Salon, and through the Progressive Media Project and The Huffington Post, and have been anthologized in Mothers Who Think, Because I Said So, and Topography of War, among others. She was a judge for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction in 2015. Reiko is on the faculty of the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing, is a Hedgebrook alumna, and has taught master classes and at Vortext for Hedgebrook. She is “hapa” (mixed Japanese/Caucasian) and was raised in Hawaii.

INFORMATION: (951) 827-3245

Vanessa Hua, author photo by Andria Lo
Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, author photo by Jim Rizzuto

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

CHASS Interdisciplinary South, Round Room, INTS 1111

Event Type

Arts, Conferences, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students




Free and open to the campus

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