Monthly Archives: September 2019

Exploring the Literature of the California Desert

Exploring the Literature of the California Desert will host writing workshops, readings and public discussions of prose and poetry inspired by the California Desert. Some works – like Mary Austin’s lyrical classic novel The Land of Little Rain – date back over 100 years. Aspiring and published authors will participate, including Professor Ruth Nolan from the College of the Desert, who will present a lecture highlighting some of the 80 authors in her anthology “No Place for a Puritan: The literature of the California Desert.” We will explore the lore, mystique and history surrounding legendary desert names in film and books–the Mojave, Death Valley, Palm Springs, Route 66 and Barstow.  We want to engage young and old, residents and guests to explore literature that evokes haunting imagery and feelings.