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'Precious' author speaks

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February 23, 2010

The author whose best-selling novel sparked the hit movie Precious will discuss her work at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Performance Center, inside the
Natali Student Center.  Writer Sapphire will discuss "When Push Comes to Precious: The Novel, the Film, the Reality."  Admission is free; a book signing will follow.

Sapphire earned critical acclaim for her 1996 novel, Push, inspired by some of the girls she met while teaching remedial reading in some of New York City's toughest neighborhoods. She continues to live and work as a writer in New York. In addition to her novel, she has published two volumes of poems.  The movie has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  It also was nominated this year for three Golden Globe awards, including Best Motion Picture Drama. Mo'nique won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress.

Sapphire's novel recently was re-issued under the title Precious to strengthen the tie-in with the film.  The author's appearance is sponsored by Cal U's Office of Multicultural Student Programs.