Reading and Book Signing with artist Lewis deSoto

Wednesday, June 29, 6 pm
Free and open to the public

In his newly released book of photographs and essays titled EMPIRE, noted Bay Area artist Lewis deSoto explores his birthplace and ancestral Cahuilla homeland, the "marvelous and abject" landscape of Southern California's Inland Empire. Sixty intimate photos capture the paradoxes of the region's deserts, lushly manicured lawns, freeways, and inland sea.

DeSoto will read from his essays about a youth spent in regions including San Bernardino, mountainous Highway 18, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and Palm Springs. DeSoto's elegant prose marks these places as locales of rich history, industrialization, sharp social strata, as well as sites of deep personal transformation.