Center for Literary Arts 2013-2014 Season:


All events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Spring 2014


Cristina García

The Martha Heasley Cox Lecture

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


D. A. Powell

The Lewandowski Family Poet

D. A. Powell’s fifth collection of poetry, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His previous books include

February 5, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
February 6, 1pm – Conversation with Andrew Sean Greer
February 6, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School


February 19, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
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Misako Rocks

Misako Rocks is a Japanese graphic novelist who won a 2010 Woman of the Year in Nikkei women’s magazine. Rocks’ representative graphic novel, Rock and Roll Lovewas chosen as the Best Teen’s Comic in 2007 by New York public libraries. 

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Andrew Sean Greer

Lurie Visiting Author

Andrew Sean Greer is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories, and numerous nonfiction pieces, including The Path of Minor Planets, which The San Francisco Chronicle listed the book as one of the five most important literary events of the year; 

March 4, 5pm – Lecture and Book Signing


March 18, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing

Rabih Alameddine

Rabih Alameddine is the author of The Hakawati, published in ten languages, which The Wall Street Journal called “a new Arabian Nights,” as well as two previous novels and the story collection, The Perv. Born
in Jordan


Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muskoke (Creek) Nation. She has written seven books of poetry, including She Had Some Horses and The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, two books for children, and a memoir, Crazy Brave, published in 2012.

April 8, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing April 23, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
April 24, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School

Fall 2013


Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories, and a collection of autobiographical essays, The Book of My Lives, published in 2013. Editor of the Best European Fiction


Joint Book Party for
Alan Soldofsky and
Nick Taylor

Come celebrate the release of new books by Alan Soldofsky and
Nick Taylor.

September 18, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
September 19, 1pm – In Conversation with Peter Orner


September 30, 7pm – Joint Book Party; Reading & Signing

Book Party for
Susan Shillinglaw

Come celebrate the release of a new book by Susan Shillinglaw


Sandra Tsing Loh

Sandra Tsing Loh is the author of Mother on Fire, a New York Times Notable Book inspired by her hit solo show of the same name, three other books of nonfiction, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home
by Now

October 9, 6pm – Book Party; Reading & Signing October 14, 8pm – Porchlight @ Litquake
October 15, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School
October 15, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing



Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash is the author of the novel, The Last Good Chance, winner of the California Book Award, and the nonfiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11, a New York Times bestseller. His stories and


Barbara Jane Reyes

James D. Houston Memorial Lecture

Barbara Jane Reyes is the author of Diwata, winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award for Poetry and finalist for the California Book Award.

October 30, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School
October 30, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing
November 20, 3pm – Mt. Pleasant High School
November 20, 7pm – Reading and Book Signing


The 2013-2014 Steinbeck Fellows

The 2013-2014
Steinbeck Fellows

Join the CLA and the Steinbeck Center for readings by this year’s Steinbeck Fellows, Vanessa Hua, Tommy Mouton, and Dallas Woodburn.

December 4, 7pm – Reading and Discussion