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September 2, 2015 -- Expect the unexpected when British author Geoff Dyer kicks off Santa Monica College’s Fall Literary Series with a reading from his works this month.

Dyer, who is known for genre-defying works that range for Yoga for the uninitiated to World War I seen through film and photo lenses, is the author of four novels, a critical study of writer John Berger and two collections of essays.

Dyer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, Columbia University and University of Texas at Austin. His latest book, “Another Day at Sea:  Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush,” was released in April.

“Expect the Unexpected: Geoff Dyer Reads from His Work” will be held Tuesday, September 15 at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities & Social Science Lecture Hall 165 on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Boulevard.

The series continues Monday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. when journalist and author Robert Scheer, a staple of KCRW’s talk show “Left, Right and Center,” presents “They Know Everything About You.”

Sheer, who represents the “left” point of view on the popular NPR show, is a clinical professor of communication at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the author of ten books. His syndicated columns appear in several national publications.

On Tuesday, October 13, author Steph Cha, will read from her popular “Juniper Song” novels featuring a Korean-American sleuth who “channels Raymond Chandler’s noir detective Philip Marlowe for guidance in tough situations,” SMC officials said.

An attorney, Cha is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the multimedia literary and cultural arts magazine Los Angeles Review of Books.

The series wraps up Tuesday, November 10 at 11:15 a.m. with “Isaac Babel: New Fiction by Stephen Cooper.”

A professor of English and Film Studies at California State University, Long Beach, Cooper is the author of a biography of novelist and screenwriter John Fante and editor of “The John Fante Reader,” both named among the Los Angeles Times ”Best Books of the Year.”

Cooper’s short stories and scholarly articles have appeared in literary magazines and film journals.

Now in its 13th year, the SMC Literary Series is sponsored by the SMC Associates (, a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on the Santa Monica College campus, and the SMC English Department. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. All events are free.

For information, call SMC’s Office of Public Programs at (310) 434-4100.

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