Fall 2017

Viet Thahn Nguyen

The James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

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

William Finnegan

The Heasley Cox Lecture

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

October 18, 7pm — Reading & Conversation with Andrew Lam


November 8, 7pm — Reading & Conversation with Steve Kettmann


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!

September 22, 7pm – Anniversary Party and Magazine Launch




Spring 2018

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile  will be reading from her  Southern debut novel Queen Sugar, which is being adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay. 

Don George

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 & Conversation with Selena Anderson


March 20, 7pm — Reading

Peter Balakian

Lewandowski Poet


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

In conjunction with Legacy of Poetry Day