Miriam Pawel, an award-winning journalist, author and independent historian, will be coming to campus on Thursday, Nov. 1 to present from her new nonfiction book The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation. The Creative Writing Department is bringing Pawel as a guest speaker in an effort to provide current examples of important creative writing.
The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Hall of Letters 100. Pawel will conduct a reading from her book, followed by a reception and a Q&A. The book will be available for purchase at the presentation.
Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles said that “Miriam Pawel has written a remarkable book – a generational biography of a political dynasty, ranging from the California Gold Rush to the presidency of Donald Trump. She recounts the pivotal governorship of Pat Brown and the even more significant career of his son, Jerry, with assured prose and a keen sense of historical context. This is the engrossing saga of a complicated family at the center of American political life for the past sixty years.”
Pawel’s book is interdisciplinary in nature. The Departments of History, Political Science and the Hall Policy Network are contributing to Pawel’s visit to campus, as her presentation will be relevant for students beyond the Creative Writing Department. The event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.