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River Readings: Kelly Daniels

January  17, 2014



Associate professor of English Kelly Daniels reads from his memoir, Cloudbreak, California, which was honored by BuzzFeed on Dec. 31 as one of "13 Works of Nonfiction And Memoir That We Love in 2013."

In the book, Daniels writes of being left fatherless in ninth grade when his father, "a surfer and an outlaw," was involved in the death of a drug kingpin and fled the country. His uncle was another character, a criminal "who turned bizarre and dangerous," and died by accidentally lighting himself on fire.

As an adult, Daniels set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America, and some of those adventures also are detailed in the memoir.

April 28: Rachel Hartman

The final River Readings event for the 2013-2014 year will feature Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novel "Seraphina." She will appear at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Wilson Center.

Published in 2012 by Random House, "Seraphina" introduces mathematical dragons in an alternative-medieval world to fantasy and science-fiction readers of all ages. The book won the 2013 YALSA Morris Award for Best YA Debut Novel; its other accolades include finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award (Canada), short-listed for the Kitschies' Golden Tentacle Award (UK), long-listed for the Carnegie Medal (UK), and Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month.