Porterville College

CHAP Event

The Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) at Porterville College

is proud to host a presentation from


Carole Firstman


Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir


Friday, February 24th, 2017

7-8 p.m.

Porterville College Theater

Book Signing to Follow in Student Center


Carole Firstman will read from and discuss her new book, Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir.  Telling the story of her remarkable childhood with an arachnologist father, the book explores the intersection of science, philosophy and our basic human need to sort out difficult familial relationships.


Firstman is an essayist, memoirist and journalist.  She also teaches writing at College of the Sequoias and California State University, Fresno.  Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Watershed Review, Defunct Magazine, Reed Magazine, Gannett Newspapers, McClatchy Newspapers and many other places.  She has been noted in Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize, and won the Dzanc Nonfiction Book Prize.  Critics have called her book “pitch perfect,” “innovative,” and a “compelling narrative” of “rare quality.”  It was a Paris Review Staff Pick and praised by The New York Times as “a strangely dazzling memoir.”


Copies of her book are available for purchase at the campus bookstore; the bookstore will open following the conclusion of the talk, and the author will sign copies of her book in the Student Center across from the campus theater next to the bookstore.


For more information on the author, visit https://carole-firstman.com



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Doors will be closed approximately 10 minutes after the start of the event OR when the theater has reached capacity.  Due to safety regulations, once the theater is full no additional people can be admitted.



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