City College book fair returns this fall

Franchesca Walker

The San Diego City College Ninth International Book Fair kicked off Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 20. It is a six-day event that will be held in room AH-306, the Saville Theatre, V-101 and the Central Public Library. Professors from the district along with local and international writers, poets and artists will hold discussions and readings for their literal and visual projects.

The fair will celebrate Filipino American History Month by featuring four local Filipino American authors, including City College’s adjunct professor Ella deCastro Baron.

“This cultural group is often overlooked, so we are fortunate that they were available, and from San Diego,” Project Director and English professor Virginia Escalante said.

Beginning Monday Oct 13, Pete Garcia, author of “From Amigos to Friends,” will be reading excerpts from the book along with a book signing at 9:35 a.m. Later that day a screening and discussion of the documentary “Unmanned: America’s Drone War” will take place at 12:45 p.m.

Escalante explained how participants can get involved, “Sometimes they contact us; other times we ask them to participate, especially when we are using their books in our courses.”

The book fair is organized by City Works Press. The press is part of the Center for Literary Arts. Escalante stated the press not only organizes the event but, “publishes books by local, regional, or national authors.“

The event will wrap up Oct. 20 with Ray Wong, author of “I’m Not Chinese,” at 11:10 a.m. in the Saville Theatre.

For more information about the fair and events, visit