October 23, 2000 Vol. V, No. 5

Shirley MacLaine Joins CSUN Alumni Authors for Book Signing

Free October 27 Event at Borders Books in Northridge Will Benefit Friends of the Oviatt Library

Special guest actress and author Shirley MacLaine will join dozens of best-selling authors-all with ties to Cal State Northridge-for the university's first Alumni Authors book signing on Friday, October 27, at the Borders Books courtyard in the Northridge Fashion Center.

MacLaine will talk about her latest book, "The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit," and help CSUN celebrate the literary accomplishments of its alumni. Gray Mounger, assistant vice president for alumni relations, said he is excited about the event.

"The versatility of our alumni authors, in a variety of subjects and areas of expertise, is a compliment to the education they received at CSUN," Mounger said. "I know all of our alumni will be proud and prospective students as well as current students will be impressed."

The signing event, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Proceeds of book sales will benefit CSUN's Friends of the Oviatt Library group. The authors scheduled to participate include:

Greg Evans, (right)who graduated with bachelor's degrees in art and English in 1970. Evans is the creator of the nationally syndicated comic "Luann." His books include "Luann (The Plunge)," "Luann: School's OK if You Can Stand the Food," and "Passion! Betrayal! Outrage! Revenge: A Luann Book."

David Gerrold, (left)who has a CSUN bachelor's degree in theatre arts. He wrote the classic "Star Trek" television episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" and is considered one of the world's leading science fiction writers. His novels include "The Man Who Folded Himself," "When Harlie Was One," "A Matter for Men," and "A Season for Slaughter." Gerrold also won science fiction's triple crown-the Hugo, the Nebula and the Locus Readership Poll-for his tale "The Martian Child."

Carrie Latt Wiatt, (right)a 1997 graduate with a master's degree in family and environmental sciences. Wiatt is a best-selling author, nutritionist and chef whose lifestyle and nutrition counseling is widely sought after in Hollywood. She has a daytime show on NBC called "Living Better with Carrie Wiatt." Her books include "Eating by Design" and "Portion Savvy: The 30-Day Smart Plan for Eating Well."

Frank Norwood, (left)who has a degree in English literature, will sign copies of his books, "The Burning," "The Pope Must Die" and "The Man in the Moon." "The Burning" received a Literary Guild and Discover selection, and was a finalist for Discover's book award.

Diana Johnson (right)graduated in 1969 with a master's degree in education administration. Johnson's book, "Destiny's Godchild," won the Irwin Award in Fiction in 1999.

Jerry Bobrow (left)earned a CSUN master's degree in 1976. As executive director of Bobrow Test Preparation Services, he is a national authority in the field of test preparation and has been administering test preparation programs for 27 years. His books, such as "Barron's How to Prepare for the LSAT" and "Cliffs ACT Preparation Guide," have assisted more than two million test takers. Bobrow also lectures to thousands of students each year.

Joyce Kennedy (right)earned a CSUN master's degree in mass communication in 1976. Kennedy is best known locally as the former longtime director of CSUN's former Ventura Campus. But she also served as a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force and has written the book "Distant Thunder, Canada's Citizen Soldiers on the Western Front," which addresses the contributions of Canada to the Allied effort in World War I.

For more information about the Alumni Authors book signing, call the CSUN alumni office at (818) 677-2137. For a complete list of the scheduled to participate authors, visit CSUN's Alumni Association web site at www.csunalumni.com.

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