Spring 2016

Ann Packer

Ann Packer is the acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and three bestselling novels, The Children’s Crusade, Songs Without Words, and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier. 

Cristina García

The Lurie Visiting Chair


Cristina García is the author of six novels, including King of Cuba, published in 2013; The Agüero Sisters, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and Dreaming in Cuban, finalist for the National Book Award. 

February 10, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School
February 10, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
March 8, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


Andre Dubus III

The Martha Heasley Cox Lecturer


Andre Dubus III is the author of House of Sand and Fog, a finalist for the National Book Award and a #1 New York Times Bestseller; the novel was later adapted as an Oscar-nominated film. 

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.

April 6, 4:30pm – Screening of House of Sand and Fog
April 6, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
April 7, 1:30pm – In Conversation with Cathleen Miller
April 13, 7pm – Reading and Discussion


Juan Felipe Herrera

Legacy of Poetry Day


Please join our local poets along with special guest, 2015 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, then earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

Paul Douglass

Paul Douglass is a professor of English and American Literature at San José State University. He is the author of Lady Caroline Lamb: a Biography; The Whole Disgraceful Truth: Selected Letters of Lady Caroline Lamb;

May 5, 9:15pm – Reading and Book Signing


May 9, 7pm – Joint Reading and Book Signing


Julia Markus

Julia Markus is a biographer whose works include Dared and Done: The Marriage of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Her latest biography of Lady Byron presents the previously maligned aristocrat in an astonishing new light. 

May 9, 7pm – Joint Reading and Book Signing