Photo of CSUEB Professor Maria Neito.

CSUEB Professor Maria Nieto will read from her first nove on Dec. 5, at the CSUEB Bookstore.

From microscopes to mysteries, CSUEB biology professor reads from first novel on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5

  • November 27, 2012 5:00am

Cal State East Bay Professor of Biological Sciences Maria Nieto will read from her first novel, Pig Behind the Bear, at 12:15 p.m. this Friday (Nov. 30) at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in room 102 of the Old University Union.

Pig Behind The Bear, set in 1971, features heroine Alejandra Marisol, a Chicana Los Angeles Times reporter who is working on a commemorative article about famed Los Angeles Times reporter Rubén Salazar, murdered one year earlier.  The reader travels through the Los Angeles streets and townships with Alejandra where rich Angelino culture comes to life, and where tragedy and despair are transformed into hope.

Nieto grew up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her insight into its rich culture is garnering early praise and interest for her novel. Herbert Siguenza, founding member of Culture Clash, said, "Maria Nieto has managed to write a charming story that tackles huge cultural issues such as the assassination of Ruben Salazar. Part LA noir mystery, part family drama, part magic realism, Nieto takes us on a ride through Los Angeles touching the cultural milestones and heart of Chicano/LA history past and present."

Visit the event Facebook page for more information on the Dec. 5 Coffee, Cake and Conversation with Maria Nieto. 


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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