The Center for Literary Arts continues its 2013-14 season with readings by two SJSU English professors whose recently published books reflect a deep sense of place and history. With “In the Buddha Factory,” Alan Soldofsky explores the opposite tensions of place and no place, rich and poor, finite and limitless, with his backdrop being Silicon Valley and Zhejiang Province. It is in this Chinese epicenter of capitalist development that Soldofsky visits a Buddha statue factory. Nick Taylor’s novel “Father Junipero’s Confessor” explores the human drama underlying California’s mission era through the eyes of a Franciscan serving Junipero Serra. A book party, reading and signing for both authors will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in King 225/229.
This event is co-sponsored by The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Other CLA events this term are a book party for Steinbeck expert and Professor Susan Shillinglaw; three events with author and humorist Sandra Tsing Loh; and readings by New York Times bestselling author Tom Barbash and Filipino poet Barbara Jane Reyes.