Fall 2015

Chang-rae Lee

The James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered, which wone the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. 

Mark Slouka

Mark Slouka is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, which have been translated into sixteen languages. His stories and essays have been included in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories.  

September 30, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
October 1, 1pm – In Conversation with Noelle Brada-Williams


October 28, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
October 29, 1pm – Master Class


The 2015-2016 Steinbeck Fellows

Join the CLA and the Steinbeck Center for readings by this year’s Steinbeck Fellows Candace Eros Diaz, Jennie Lin, and Gabriel Thompson. 

Claudia Rankine

The Lewandowski Family Poet

Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry 

November 17, 7pm – Reading and Discussion


December 2, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


Spring 2016 Coming Soon!

Spring Preview: Ann Packer, February 10!