The Delmar T. Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge is honoring the recipient of its inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Nonfiction with a special reception and award presentation on Wednesday, July 13, at the university.
The reception for Martin M. Cooper, author of “Read All About It! The Valley Times: 1946-1970,” is scheduled to take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro, located at the southeast corner of the campus at Nordhoff Street and Zelzah Avenue.
“The award was conceived by the Oviatt’s Friends of the Library to recognize important contributions to nonfiction writing about the San Fernando Valley, and to promote research and writing related to the region,” said Mark Stover, dean of the Oviatt Library. “Historical research and retrospective journalism are the keys to unlocking the mysteries of the past. With his book, ‘Read All About It! The Valley Times: 1946-1970,’ Martin Cooper has created a marvelous work that will bring back memories for some of us and open up new vistas for others.”
Cooper will present insights and excerpts from his work, as well as sign copies of his book, at the reception. Copies of “Read All About It! The Valley Times: 1946-1970” will be available for purchase.
“Read All About It! The Valley Times: 1946-1970” spans an eventful 25 years, from the postwar migration to the Valley to the cusp of the “Brady Bunch” era. When asked about his inspiration, Cooper said the book was conceived as an adjunct to the Los Angeles Public Library’s desire to raise funds to catalog and digitize its collection of 70,000 photographs from the now-defunct Valley Times newspaper. A portion of the proceeds of the book go to the library.
In addition to “Read All About It! The Valley Times: 1946-1970,” Cooper has authored four other books and more than 100 magazine articles, newspaper columns and essays. He is active in community and civic affairs, having received a 2014 Fernando Award for his lifetime of volunteerism and philanthropy. He also teaches marketing, strategic planning and public relations at UCLA Extension, where he was named the extension’s Instructor of the Year in 2011.
The reception is free and open to the public. Reservations and complementary parking information are available online at http://library.csun.edu/events/sfv-award-2016?type=event or by calling (818) 677-2638. A complete listing of Oviatt Library events can be found on the Exhibitions and Events page on the library website, or by calling (818) 677-2638.
The Oviatt Library is located at the center of the California State University, Northridge campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. General campus parking is $6, and daily parking permits may be purchased at booths or online at The Permit Store. The Oviatt Library serves as the main research facility in the San Fernando Valley. For more information about the library or its hours, please visit the website or call (818) 677-2285.