The Diana and Simon Raab Foundation generously funds several awards at Santa Barbara City College.
The Raab Award in Creative Nonfiction is presented annually to a writer with a distinguished body of work in that genre.
The 2010 winner of the $1,000 Raab Award is Rebecca McClanahan. Ms. McClanahan's books of nonfiction includeThe Riddle Song and Other Rememberings (Winner of the Glasgow Prize), Write Your Heart Out and One Word Deep. Her essays have been published widely and selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays.
Ms. McClanahan will hold a master class for SBCC students (only) in IDC 211 on Friday, Oct. 8, from 11-noon. That evening, she will read from her work in the Fé Bland Forum at 7 p.m. The reading is free and open to the public.
The 2008 winner of the $1,000 Raab Award was Phillip Lopate, who is generally credited with being one of the most important figures in the recent resurgence of literary nonfiction writing.
Mr. Lopate will give a free public reading of his work at Santa Barbara City College on Friday, February 22, at 7 p.m., in the Atkinson Art Gallery in the Humanities Building on SBCC's East Campus.
Phillip Lopate was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, and received a BA from Columbia in 1964, and a doctorate from the Union Graduate School in 1979. He has written three personal essay collections -- Bachelorhood (Little, Brown, 1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Poseidon-Simon & Schuster, 1989), and Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987); two poetry collections, The Eyes Don't Always Want to Stay Open (Sun Press, 1972) and The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976); a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children (Doubleday, 1975); a collection of his movie criticism, Totally Tenderly Tragically (Doubleday-Anchor); an urbanist meditation, Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan (Crown, 2004); and a biographical monograph, Rudy Burckhardt: Photographer and Filmmaker (Harry N. Abrams, 2004.) In addition, there is a Phillip Lopate reader, Getting Personal: Selected Writings (Basic Books, 2003).