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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.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Region-at-Large Partner

Our nonprofit is proud of our affiliation as a Region-at-Large Partner for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the longest-running national recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. We will be taking part in the awards program again for 2020. Past Alumni from the Award’s nearly 100-year history include Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stephen King.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair


Our nonprofit is privileged to have had a couple of these wonderful fundraisers through Barnes & Noble, where a percentage of the sales for a given week are targeted to a specific nonprofit. We will let you know when another of these is coming up and provide you with the code to enter for purchases in store and online. Please give us a call at 760-900-6822 or email info@vicartsed.org if you might be able to help staff the table during one of the book fairs. AND…remember how important it is to support brick and mortar bookstores!