Dr. Kevin Starr is the state librarian emeritus of California and University Professor and professor of history at USC. Starr has written ten books, six of which are part of his "Americans and the California Dream" series. He has also written Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003 and California, A History, a Modern Library Chronicles book. His writing has won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians, the Gold Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, PEN USA, Western Center. In June 2006 he was given the Centennial Medal of the Graduate School of Arts and Science, Harvard University.
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