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Fall 2017

 Reed Magazine 150th  Anniversary Party

Join us for a night of readings to  celebrate the 150th anniversary  of Reed Magazine, the West’s  oldest literary journal, founded on the San José State campus in 1867! 


Viet Thanh Nguyen

The James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Sympathizer.  

September 22, 7pm – Anniversary Party and Magazine Launch, Morris Dailey Auditorium


October 18, 7pm – Reading and Conversation with Andrew Lam, Hammer Theatre

 William Finnegan

The Martha Heasley Cox Lecture

William Finnegan is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for his autobiography Barbarian Days. 

November 8, 7pm – Reading and Conversation with Steve Kettmann, Café Stritch  


Spring 2018

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile will be reading from her Southern debut novel Queen Sugar, which has been adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for the OWN network. 

Don George

Lurie Author-in-Residence

National Geographic has called Don George “a legendary travel writer and editor.” Don’s new book is The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George. He also wrote the book on travel writing, Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, which is the bestselling travel writing guide in the world. 

February 8, 7pm — Reading and Conversation with Selena Anderson, King Library 225/229


March 20, 7pm — Reading, King Library 225/229

Peter Balakian

Lewandowski Poet

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Peter Balakian is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal. He is the author of five books of poems, most recently June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000

April 12, 7pm — Reading & Conversation with SJSU President Mary Papazian, Hammer Theatre

In conjunction with Legacy of Poetry Day.