Fall 2016

T. T. Monday

T.T. Monday is the pseudonym of novelist Nick Taylor, author of the novels The Disagreement and Father Junipero’s ConfessorDouble Switch is the second novel to feature relief pitcher detective Johnny Adcock.  

Luis Valdez

The James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

Meet SJSU alumnus and award-winning playwright, Luis Valdez, author of Zoot Suit and La Bamba, as we celebrate 30 years of the CLA at this gala fundraiser in the newly refurbished Hammer Theatre. 

September 22, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


October 19, 7pm – Discussion and CLA Anniversary Event


Vendela Vida

The Lurie Author-in-Residence


Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of five books, including the novels The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, and And Now You Can Go. She co-wrote the screenplay for the 2009 film Away We Go.  

The 2016-2017 Steinbeck Fellows

Join the CLA and the Steinbeck Center for readings by this year’s Steinbeck Fellows Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and Gary Singh.

November 15, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


December 7, 7pm – Reading and Discussion


Spring 2017

Bryan Stevenson

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Bryan Stevenson discusses his book Just Mercy, a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. 

CLA Travel Writers Conference

The CLA excitedly presents its first-ever writers’ conference, dedicated to the far-flung nonfiction artists who chronicle the globe in all its glory. 

February 24, 12pm – Lecture


March 21, 7pm – Food and Travel Panel
March 22, 7pm – Adventure Travel Panel
March 23, 7pm – Travel Editors Panel

Susan Orlean

The Martha Heasley Cox Lecture

Susan Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker for over 20 years and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue. She penned the collection My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who’s Been Everywhere.

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! 

March 22, 7pm – Lecture and Conference Panel


Note Date Change: September 22, 6pm – Anniversary Party and Magazine Launch