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Cerro Visiting Authors

The Cerro Author program began at Bakersfield College with its first visiting writer, Luis Rodriguez, in 2007.

Made possible by a generous bequest by Delores Cerro, a local citizen who believed in the power of libraries to shape students’ lives, the Cerro Author program brings a prominent writer to the Bakersfield College campus each fall.

Students, faculty, staff, and community members have an opportunity to hear the author speak about the creation of and themes within the writer’s works. Audience members are able to hear firsthand about both the challenges and rewards of the writing process from the vantage point of a professional author.

Current Author: Andy Weir

Andy WeirWe are honored to welcome Andy Weir as the Cerro Author for 2016. Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel. Learn more at

Schedule of Events

  • Tuesday, October 18: SGA Screening of The Martian at 6:00PM (Forum East)

  • Thursday, October 20: "Mars Travel Guide" Planetarium Show by Nick Strobel at 7:30PM (BC Planetarium - Tickets available at BC Ticket Office or Vallitix)

  • Tuesday, October 25: Andy Weir at 2:00PM (Fireside Room)

  • Tuesday, October 25: Andy Weir at 7:00PM (Simonsen - Open to public with free parking in the Administration lot)

  • Wednesday, October 26: Andy Weir at 10:00AM (Fireside Room)


Past Authors

2015: Luis Urrea

2014: Kelsey Timmerman

2013: Patricia McCormick

2012: Julie Otsuka

2011: Mark Salzman

2010: Steve Lopez

2009: Reyna Grande

2008: Gary Soto

2007: Luis Rodriguez

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