Erin Aubry Kaplan

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Young Research Library - Library Presentation Room 11348

Library Associates Author Reading

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Admission is free; parking is available in Structure Five for $11.

Please RSVP by October 11 to 310.206.8526 or


UCLA Library Development
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Los Angeles journalist and columnist Erin Aubry Kaplan will discuss her book Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista, a collection of essays, features, and literary pieces exploring the contemporary African American experience. Kaplan has written about African American political, personal, economic, and cultural issues since 1992.

She is a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times op-ed section and was the first black columnist in the paper’s history. She has been a staff writer and columnist for the LA Weekly and has contributed to BlackAmericaWeb, Black Enterprise, Essence, the Independent, Ms., Oxford-American, and Salon, among others. In 2001 she won the PEN USA journalism award and in 2008 won the Center for the Study of Political Graphics’s Historian of the Lions award. Her essays have been anthologized in books including Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood and Step into a World. Her work was also featured with that of Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Alice Walker in Rise Up Singing: Black Women Writers on Motherhood, winner of a 2004 American Book Award.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kaplan holds a BA in English and an MFA from UCLA. She resides in Inglewood with her husband and three rescue dogs.

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