Friday, October 7, 2011

Collier Nogues to read at UCI Bookstore Author Series

Collier Nogues and Ryan Ridge

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011
The UCI Bookstore

210-B Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697-1550

Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be served

Collier Nogues’ eye opening work, On the Other Side, Blue, explores the human relationships everyone has with death, family, place, landscape, history, love, and marriage—all brought together by one of the most natural human emotions, grief. Nogues directly takes on each subject, with vivid true-life stories from her own experiences and then incorporates her superb writing style to enhance the story. Beautifully, this allows her to be both a participant in and an observer of the act mourning, identifying similarities and variations in the ways grief encompasses a full range of emotions.

A UCI lecturer, Collier Nogues grew up in the Texas Hill Country and on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. She completed her MFA at UCI in 2008. Since then, she has been writing and teaching in Oregon as well as in Southern California.


UCI Lecturer Ryan Ridge’s edgy novel, Hunters & Gamblers, is perfect for any reader looking for a dark, humorous story about people just trying to find their way in life. Exploring a broad array of characters, from an ammo-less infantry drummer to a bleeding medic, and everything in between, this novel keeps readers engaged at all levels and challenges them to keep up with this epic tale of misfits. Ultimately, the characters reach a desperate end where revelations are plentiful. Ridge, with his clever, dark and cynical writing, has created his own unique and masterful style that adds a sense of refreshing originality.

Ryan Ridge is an acclaimed author with a talent for fiction that has been fully employed in his new novel, Hunters & Gamblers. He currently teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

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