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

CSUEB Professor Maria Neito.

CSUEB Professor Maria Neito

  • 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. 


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