Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Literary Talks & Readings series with the addition of award-winning author Madhuri Vijay to its lineup on April 5. The ongoing free series, which resumed in February, features a noteworthy spectrum of writers discussing and reading from their works. The series will close for the spring season on May 3 with an informative talk by author and Registered Nurse Theresa Brown.

All presentations in the series are free, and will be held online as live virtual events. A Zoom link to each talk will be posted with the listing on the SMC Events calendar at To attend the events, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at

The remaining events in the spring 2022 series are:

• Tuesday, April 5: Madhuri Vijay: “Conflict in Paradise: A Reading by Madhuri Vijay” at 11:15 a.m. Born and raised in Bengaluru, India, Madhuri Vijay is an acclaimed writer and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, Best American Non-Required Reading, and Narrative Magazine. Her debut novel, The Far Field, won numerous awards — including India’s JCB Prize for Literature — and was named one of the best books of 2019 by The Washington Post, Publishers’ Weekly, The Economist, and other publications. Sponsored by the SMC Associates, SMC English Department, and SMC Global Citizenship Committee. Zoom link on April 5 listing at

• Tuesday, May 3: Theresa Brown: “Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient” at 11:15 a.m. Theresa Brown, PhD, RN, is the author of the forthcoming Healing: When a Nurse Becomes a Patient (Algonquin Books, 2022). She also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, which portrays one real shift worked by a hospital nurse. Brown is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, where she writes about nursing and health care. Her Opinion series, “Bedside,” examined health care from a nurse’s point of view. She has also written for, The Journal of the American Medical Association,, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sponsored by the SMC Associates and SMC English Department. Zoom link on May 3 listing at

Earlier presenters in the spring 2022 Literary Talks & Readings series were award-winning author and screenwriter Attica Locke; artist, technologist, writer, coder, and activist Xiaowei R. Wang; and award-winning author Kali Fajardo-Anstine.

For more than two decades, the SMC Literary Series has brought to campus such acclaimed writers as Khaled Hosseini (author of the bestselling The Kite Runner), Steph Cha (writer of the popular ‘Juniper Song’ novels), Audrey Niffenegger (author of the bestselling Time Traveler’s Wife), Edward J. Larson (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion), and Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sympathizer).

Additional information is available by calling SMC’s Office of Public Programs at (310) 434-4100.

Submitted by Grace Smith