On Thursday, December 4 at 7 pm the Inlandia Institute will feature Clifford Ashpaugh and Isabel Quintero, novelists whose noteworthy books touch on themes universal to adolescence and young adulthood.
Kirkus Reviews says Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, A Girl in Pieces is “A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity.” Clifford Ashpaugh’s Josh’s Wall is a “compassionate coming-of-age tale” that begins with a six-year-old boy who wakes from a coma with no recollection of his parents, his brother, or anyone else in his life. Two writers, two young protagonists, one memorable reading.
Isabel Quintero is a writer and adjunct faculty instructor who resides in Southern California’s Inland Empire with her husband. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who made that journey for a better life many, many years ago. She got her love of words from her mother and her love of chorizo asado from her father. She has one brother with whom she likes to exchange cute and funny animal pictures. In addition to writing fiction, Isabel also writes poetry, and is on the board for a non-profit literary arts organization, PoetrIE. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces from Cinco Puntos Press, is her first novel. She is very excited about that.
Cliff Ashpaugh grew up in the wilds of the 1970s San Gabriel Valley dodging bullets while driving around in his 1964 Pontiac lowrider. Since then, he’s progressed from lowriders to motorcycles to airplanes to scuba diving to the thirty-two foot blue-water sailing cruiser that he calls home.After working on nuclear minuteman missile silos in South Dakota for six years, Ashpaugh returned to southern California and school. Since then, he’s won literary awards, including five in the last year, has published in magazines, has organized and moderated writing critique groups, and has participated as a guest speaker at literary events.
This event is free and open to the public. The event will be followed by book sales & signing and light refreshments.
The library is located at 3851 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside.
For more information, please contact Cati Porter 951 790 2458.
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM