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Novelist, Memoirist Rob Roberge Reading & Book Signing

April 22, 2020

01:30 PM - 02:45 PM

GRIFFIN GATE

Daniela Sow , 619-668-1743, daniela.sow@gcccd.edu

Fiction writer, memoirist, and indie-rock musician Rob Roberge presents a reading from Liar, a 2016 memoir about the mental illness, memory and storytelling written in nonlinear excerpts and vignettes: after learning he may have a progressive memory-eroding disease, Roberge attempts to preserve his identity by setting out to chronicle the most formative moments of his life, but the process of trying to remember his past only exposes just how fragile the stories that lay at the heart of our self-conception really are.

Lit Pub describes Liar as "a memoir full of puzzle pieces, with some of the pieces missing. It is through these holes, we find beauty in Roberge’s writing." The Los Angeles Review of Books praises Liar as "not a conventional memoir in that it plays with the territory between fiction and nonfiction. It’s not just that the author admits to the fictional self created out of substance abuse and blackouts…and perhaps it’s human nature, too, to create versions of ourselves with our stories. But in Liar, Roberge busts himself for doing so." Publisher’s Weekly calls Roberge’s Liar, "absorbing": "novelist Roberge… shifts among memories of his youth, drug-fueled episodes from his young adulthood, and recent relapses into addiction that threaten his marriage and his work as a college professor. Adding to that, he learns that he has a disease that erodes memory. The sense of urgency in Roberge’s writing is increased by his effective use of the second person…."

About the Author

Roberge is also the author of several novels, including The Cost of Living: A Novel, More Than They Could Chew, and Drive, as well as the story collection, Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and his dramatic works have been staged in Southern California; his short film, Honest Pete, has shown at a number of festivals. His work has also appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Penthouse, The Rumpus, and ZYZZYVA, and others. Currently, in addition to serving as a MFA faculty member at UCR/Palm Desert and advisor for the PEN Mark program, Roberge is a guitarist and vocalist with The Urinals, The Danbury Shakes, and The Violet Rays.

*All Literary Arts Festival events are free and open to the public.


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