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.

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


webcast View the 2012/13 series featuring Rebecca Solnit, Pam Houston, Peter Orner, Michelle Tea, Joyce Carol Oates, Namwali Serpell, David Shields, and Student Reading


Fred Vogelstein, 02.13.14 | Walter Kirn, 03.13.14 | Ayelet Waldman 04.10.14 | Student Reading, 05.01.14


Fred Vogelstein

February 13, 2014

Fred Vogelstein

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Fred Vogelstein is the author of Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution (2013). A contributing editor at Wired magazine, he writes about technology and media. Heís been a staff writer for Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday and US News and World Report. Vogelsteinís work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe.

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Walter Kirn
Elizabeth Coleman photo

March 13, 2014

Walter Kirn

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

Walter Kirn is the author of My Mother's Bible, Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, The Unbinding, Mission to America, Up in the Air, Thumbsucker, She Needed Me, and My Hard Bargain: Stories. The New York Times has commented that “No one mines his own life in the service of understanding the American experience better than Walter Kirn.” His novels Thumbsucker and Up in the Air were made into movies. A contributing editor to Time magazine, Kirn’s work has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Vogue, New York and Esquire.

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Ayelet Waldman

April 10, 2014

Ayelet Waldman

Morrison Library, 5 – 6 pm

New York Times best-selling author Ayelet Waldman’s new novel, Love and Treasure, was called a “treasure trove” by Joyce Carol Oates. Previous books include Red Hook Road and Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. Waldman’s personal essays, profiles and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, "All Things Considered" and "The California Report."

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May 1, 2014

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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