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

2015-16 season:

SEP 10
Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator which won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her first novel, The Painting, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as a best book for 2004 and by MSNBC as a "fearless debut." Nina earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, a law degree at Hastings College of the Law, and a MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Watch on YouTube

OCT 08
Yang Huang

Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the U.S. to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she attended Boston College and earned an MFA from the University of Arizona. Her debut novel Living Treasures is a Pen/Bellwether Prize finalist and an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist. Her fiction and a feature-length screenplay have appeared in Asian Pacific American Journal, The Evansville Review, Futures, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, Nuvein, and Stories for Film. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works for UC Berkeley as a computer engineer. Watch on YouTube

NOV 12
Julia Scheeres

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Julia Scheeres

Julia Scheeres’ first book Jesus Land - a memoir about growing up in a rigid Christian environment with an adopted black brother - was a New York Times and London Times bestseller. Her second book, A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown, was named a best book of the year by several papers, and won the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ “Nonfiction Book of the Year” Award in 2012. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters, and works at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Watch on YouTube

DEC 03
Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve’s first novel, The Obituary Writer, was a New York Times Notable Book; his second and third, Drives Like a Dream and When the White House Was Ours, were Chicago Tribune Books of the Year. His most recent, The End of the Book, was a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. He has coedited six anthologies and published fiction, nonfiction, op-eds and book reviews in many journals, magazines and newspapers. Shreve teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco and the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. He lives with his wife and two children in the Bay Area.

FEB 11
Anthony Marra

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Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra has won a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. His first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he currently teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA.

MAR 10
Scott Saul

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Scott Saul

Scott Saul is a historian and critic who has written for The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, The Nation and other publications. He is the author of Becoming Richard Pryor, the first thoroughly researched biography of the comedian, and the creator of Richard Pryor's Peoria, a digital archive of materials from Pryor's formative years in that Midwestern city. He teaches courses in American literature and history at UC Berkeley, where he is an associate professor of English. He lives in Berkeley, CA, with his wife and son.

APR 14
Zoe Ferraris

Zoë Ferraris

Zoë Ferraris moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the first Gulf War. She lived in a conservative Muslim community with her then-husband and his family, a group of Saudi-Palestinians. In 2006, she completed her MFA at Columbia University. Her debut novel, Finding Nouf, and a follow-up novel, City of Veils, have been published in over thirty countries. Her third novel, Kingdom of Strangers, came out in 2012.

MAY 05
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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.