The Friends of the Shannon Center

Meet the Authors & Bookfaire
Rhys Bowen, Luis Fuerte, Tod Goldberg,
Lisa Napoli and Joseph L. Price

 March 24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

$65.00 with lunch (until 2/28/18)

On 3/1/18 the Lunch price increases to $75.00
Lunch Menu: To Be Determined

The last day to order a lunch ticket is 3/16/18


$40.00 - No Lunch $15.00 - Students (No Lunch)



Meet great authors, discuss books with other bibliophiles and enjoy lunch on the Robinson Theatre stage with the authors. Books from the authors will be available for purchase at the event.


Note from a 2016 Bookfaire Attendee:

I have been attending the Bookfaire for several years now. It is always a highlight of March for me. Thank you for your very thoughtful work at assembling such a wonderful group of authors. They are always such a surprise and open me to new ideas. I was especially moved by Jeff Hobbs this year. Just had to say thank you and keep up the good work!


Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of two historical mystery series: The "Molly Murphy" mysteries, set in early 1900s New York and the lighter "Royal Spyness" novels, featuring a minor royal in 1930s England. She is also the author of "In Farleigh Field," a WWII stand alone novel that spent six weeks as #1 on Kindle. Her books have garnered 14 awards to date including 3 Agatha Awards as well as an Edgar nomination for best novel. They have been translated into 10 languages and have garnered fans worldwide.

Rhys was born and raised in England, educated at London University and worked in BBC drama before becoming a full time writer. She now divides her time between California and Arizona (where she goes to escape the harsh California winters).

Luis Fuerte

Luis Fuerte was born in San Bernardino and grew up in Colton. He graduated from Colton High School, and then served in the U.S Navy. Luis attended Valley College, where he studied telecommunications engineering. He has worked in all aspects of television, and has worked as a cameraman for 40 years, most notable as the cameraman for Huell Howser. He is winner of 5 Emmys, received an International Monitor award, the Golden Mic for editing, awards from the State of California and County of San Bernardino for speaking and working with young people, awards from the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, inducted into two Halls of Fame, received the “Salt of the Earth” award in 2001, and Latino of the Year in 2008. He is the author of the book "Louie, Take a Look at This!: My Time With Huell Howser."

You can read excepts from Luis Ferte's book here:


Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including "Gangster Nation," "Gangsterland," a finalist for the Hammett Prize, "The House of Secrets," which he co-authored with Brad Meltzer, "Living Dead Girl," a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the popular "Burn Notice" series. A former columnist and book critic for Las Vegas Mercury and Las Vegas Weekly, Goldberg has received five Nevada Press Association Awards and in 2016 was awarded the Silver Pen Award by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. His nonfiction and journalism appears widely, including in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books and, recently, Best American Essays. In addition, he co-hosts the popular podcast Literary Disco and founded and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

Lisa Napoli

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lisa Napoli has lived for the last dozen years in southern California, where she was inspired to write Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away by a public artwork with a mysterious provenance. In her three decades as a journalist, she's worked for The New York Times, MSNBC, the public radio show Marketplace, and a variety of other outlets. She's covered everything from presidential campaigns, to hacker conventions and a hostage standoff, to the dawn of the World Wide Web. Her first book, "Radio Shangri-La," is about the impact of media culture on the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule.

A graduate of Hampshire College, Lisa leads an award-winning volunteer cooking group at the Downtown Women's Center on Skid Row in Los Angeles. She's also the founding board chair of the Bhutan Media Society, an all-volunteer news outlet created by Bhutanese refugees in diaspora.

 Joseph L. Price

Since 1982, Joseph L. Price has served as a professor of religious studies at Whittier College.  Blending his theological, literary, and cultural interests, he has created and taught multiple courses exploring the relationships between religion and literature, film, and sports.  Among his most popular courses are “Humor and Faith in Recent Southern Fiction,” “Theology through Film,” “Sport, Play and Ritual,” and “El Beisbol: A Caribbean Religion.”

He is author and editor of nine books and more than 50 chapters and essays, including Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America and From Season to Season: Sports as American Religion.  With long-time colleague Don Musser, he is currently co-writing a celebration and analysis of friendship, a joint memoir tentatively titled The Autobiography of a Friendship

Passionate about baseball and music, Joe has sung the national anthem for more than 30 major league games in 21 stadiums, including multiple games at Dodger Stadium and Anaheim, as well as a featured event at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  His most recent book, Perfect Pitch: The National Anthem for the National Pastime, is a travel narrative about singing the national anthem at more than 100 minor league ballparks in 40 states during the 2011 baseball season.  Since returning from that five-month journey in an RV, he has co-founded the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College.

A frequent speaker to civic groups, he has also served as President of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce and chair of the city’s Cultural Arts Commission.

*Authors subject to change without notice



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