A monthly prose reading series

Photo Josephine Wu/UC Berkeley

All readings take place in Morrison Library unless otherwise indicated.
Thursday, 5 - 6 pm Admission free Book signing Map

2016-17 season:

SEP 08
NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, about a young girl’s journey out of Zimbabwe and to America, won numerous awards and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The New York Times called it a “deeply felt and fiercely written debut novel.” NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.

OCT 06
Karen Joy Fowler

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Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler, author of both novels and short story collections, has been described as “a captivating and good-hearted satirist.” Her six warmly-received novels include the bestselling The Jane Austen Book Club and most recently, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Fowler’s books have received many awards including the Commonwealth Medal, Winner of the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Fowler and her husband live in Santa Cruz, California. Watch on YouTube

NOV 10
Frances Dinkelspiel

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Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who cofounded the local news site Berkeleyside. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People and elsewhere. Her first book Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was named a Best Book of 2008 by the newspaper. Her second book, Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California was a New York Times bestseller and published in 2015 to rave reviews. Watch on YouTube

DEC 01
Cary Groner

Cary Groner

Cary Groner grew up in the Midwest and has worked as a journalist and photographer for many years. He earned his MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona in 2009, and his debut novel, Exiles, was a Chicago Tribune “best book” of 2011. His short stories have won numerous awards, including the Glimmer Train fiction open, and have appeared there and in other venues including American Fiction, Mississippi Review, Sycamore Review, and Southern California Review. Cary teaches at the Writing Salon and is completing a new novel and a story collection. His website is www.carygroner.com. Watch on YouTube

Feb 09
Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild is the author of eight books; the latest, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, appeared in 2016. Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN USA Literary Award, the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Watch on YouTube

Mar 09
Joyce Carol Oates

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Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a National Book Award recipient, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Prix Femina Etranger, the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time.

Apr 13
Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran’s forthcoming novel, Lucky Boy, has been praised as "richly layered" and "superbly crafted". Due for release in January 2017, the novel tells the story of a young undocumented Mexican woman who finds her fate unexpectedly entwined with that of a Berkeley couple. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, came out in 2009. Sekaran now lives in Berkeley and teaches writing at California College of the Arts. Watch on YouTube

MAY 04
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Student reading

Story Hour in the Library celebrates the writers in our campus community with an annual student reading. The event will feature short excerpts of work by winners of the year’s biggest prose prizes, Story Hour in the Library interns, and faculty nominees. Watch on YouTube