Spring 2015

Randall Mann & Michelle Richmond

Randall Mann is the author of Straight Razor,Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection and the Lambda Literary Award finalist; Breakfast with Thom Gunn, shortlisted for the California Book Award; and Complaint in the Garden,


Michelle Richmond is the author of four novels and two story collections – most recently Golden State and Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. A recipient of awards from

Bich Minh Nguyen & Porter Shreve

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of the novels Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and Pioneer Girl; and the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award. Her work has appeared 


Porter Shreve is the author of The Obituary Writer, a New York Times Notable Book; Drives Like a Dream and When the White House was Ours, both Chicago Tribune Books of the year

February 4, 7pm – Joint Reading and Book Signing
February 4, 3pm – Michelle Richmond @ Mt. Pleasant High School


February 25, 7pm – Joint Reading and Book Signing
February 25, 3pm – Porter Shreve @ Mt. Pleasant High School


Kazim Ali

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include the poetry collections Sky Ward; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Book’s New England/New York Award; and The Fortieth Day; 

Andrew Lam

The Lurie Distinguished Visiting Author

Andrew Lam is the author of a collection of short stories, Birds of Paradise Lost, about Vietnamese-American newcomers struggling to remake their lives in San Francisco, and two works of nonfiction 

March 18, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


April 2, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


David Perez

David Perez serves as the 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. He is a recipient of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for Literary Art, a repeat guest on the NPR storytelling series Snap Judgment, and author of

Susan Choi

The Martha Heasley Cox Lecture

Susan Choi is the author of the novels The Foreign Student, American Woman, A Person of Interest, and My Education. A recipient of fellowships from the N.E.A. and the Guggenheim Foundation, and a finalist 

April 7, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
April 14, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School


April 22, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
April 23, 1pm – In Conversation with Andrew Altschul


Fall 2014

David Shields

David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead; Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno); Reality Hunger; Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award;

Maggie Nelson

The Lewandowski Family Poet
A Litquake South Bay Event!

Maggie Nelson is a poet, scholar, critic, and creative nonfiction writer. Her books include The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, a New York Times  Notable Book of 2011; Bluets; The Red Parts: A Memoir; Something Bright, Then Holes; and Jane: A Murder, finalist for 

September 24, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
September 25, 1pm – In Conversation with Ethan Nosowsky


October 16, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
October 16, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School


CLA and Stanford Arts Institute Present:
Tracy K. Smith

James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

Tracy K. Smith is the author of Life on Mars, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a New York Times Notable Book. Her previous collection, Duende, won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and 

Ru Freeman

Ru Freeman was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her creative and political writing has appeared internationally. She is the author of the the novels A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, both of which have been translated 

October 28, 6pm – “Imagining the Universe”
– Stanford University, Pigott Hall, Room 113
October 29, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing (MLK)
October 29, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School


November 12, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
November 12, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School


The 2014-2015
Steinbeck Fellows

Join the CLA and the Steinbeck Center for readings by this year’s Steinbeck Fellows Cara Bayles, Yalitza Ferreras, and Reese Okyong Kwon. 

December 3, 7pm – Reading and Discussion