Story Hour Series

A monthly prose reading series hosted by English department faculty Vikram Chandra and Melanie Abrams, and featuring distinguished prose writers from the Bay Area and beyond.

All readings are Thursdays 5 - 6 p.m.
All readings take place in Morrison Library unless otherwise indicated.
Free and open to the public
Book Sales and Signing provided courtesy of Mrs. Dalloway's


webcast View the 2014 series featuring Fred Vogelstein, Walter Kirn, Ayelet Waldman, and Student Reading


Jess Row, 09.11.14 | Joyce Maynard, 10.09.14 | Vikram Chandra 11.13.14 | Tom Barbash 12.04.14 | Maria Hummel 02.12.15 | Howard Norman 03.12.15 | Joyce Carol Oates 04.09.15 | Student Reading, 05.07.15


Jess Row

September 11, 2014

Jess Row

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Jess Row is the author of Your Face in Mine, which Karen Russell called “fearless, ambitious, unforgettable,” and two short story collections, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/O. Henry Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. In 2007 he was named a "Best Young American Novelist" by Granta. He teaches at the College of New Jersey and is an ordained Zen Teacher.


Joyce Maynard

October 9, 2014

Joyce Maynard

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Joyce Maynard has been a writer of both fiction and nonfiction since the age of 18. Her memoir At Home in the World has been translated into fifteen languages. Her eight novels include the newly released After Her, as well as To Die For and the New York Times bestseller, Labor Day. In addition to writing, Maynard performs frequently as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City, and is the founder of the Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) Writers' Workshop.


Vikram Chandra

November 13, 2014

Vikram Chandra

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Vikram Chandra is the author of 2014’s Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty, as well as Sacred Games, Love and Longing in Bombay, and Red Earth and Pouring Rain. His honors include the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), the Crossword Prize, and the Salon Book Award. He teaches creative writing at the UC Berkeley.


Tom Barbash

December 4, 2014

Tom Barbash

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Tom Barbash is the author of the new book of stories Stay Up With Me. Previous books include award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published and performed on National Public Radio.


Maria Hummel
Melanie Abrams photo

February 12, 2015

Maria Hummel

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Maria Hummel is the author of the award-winning poetry collection House and Fire and of two novels, Motherland and Wilderness Run. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Narrative, The Sun, The New York Times, and the anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine.


Howard Norman

March 12, 2015

Howard Norman

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Howard Norman is a three-time winner of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a winner of the Lannan Award for fiction. His novels The Northern Lights and The Bird Artist were nominated for National Book Awards. He is also the author of Next Life Might Be Kinder, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place, The Museum Guard, The Haunting of L, and Devotion. His books have been translated into twelve languages.


Joyce Carol Oates
Murdo Macleod photo

April 9, 2015

Joyce Carol Oates

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Joyce Carol Oates has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde. Most recently, she published Carthage and The Sacrifice, and the story collections High-Crime Area and Lovely, Dark, Deep. Among her many honors are the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Prix Femina Étranger, and the President's Medal in the Humanities. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Oates has taught recently at Berkeley and Stanford, and is on the faculty at Princeton University.


May 7, 2015

Student Reading

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

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.

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