Calendar of Events

2019 10th Anniversary Season

(lineup subject to change)

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. – readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

$10 donation is suggested

all events will be at the Auditorium at CLARA (the E Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) 1425 24th Street, Sacramento

Friday, January 25

Novelist Tom Barbash with Sacramento writer Shelley Blanton-Stroud with readings from Tom’s new bestselling novel The Dakota Winters and Shelley’s short story “Attention Must Be Paid.”

Readers: Ian Hopps and Jessica Laskey

Friday, February 22

National Book Award finalist Karen E Bender with a reading from her new short story collection The New Order. With Sacramento writer Valerie Fioravanti (Garbage Night at the Opera) and a reading from her new short story collection. 

Readers: Kelley Ogden and Tara Henry

Friday, March 22

Bay Area novelist Sarah Stone with a reading from her new novel Hungry  Ghost Theatre, with Sacramento writer and playwright Tim Foley and his short story “Nineteen-Sixty-Five Ford Falcon.

Readings by Katie Rubin and Matt Rives

Friday, April 26

Poet and novelist Devi Laskar with a reading from her debut novel The Atlas of Reds and Blues. With poet, novelist, and UCLA professor Fred D’Aguiar and a reading from his novel Children of Paradise.

Readings by Bridggett Bess and Angel Rodriguez

Friday, May 31

Sharma Shields is back with a reading from her new novel The Cassandra, a retelling of the myth of the seer Cassandra as a young woman with extraordinary powers who works at a top secret research facility during WWII and is tormented by visions of what the mission will mean for humankindSharma previously appeared at Stories on Stage Sacramento in 2015 for a reading from her delightful novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s AlmanacSharma is joined by Simeon Mills, whose debut novel The Obsoletes answers the question: if you’re a robot, how do you and your twin brother pass for human in a robot-phobic midwestern town?

Readings by Carissa Meagher and Ian Hopps

Friday, June 28

Maggie Shen King, author of An Excess Male, with Scott Alumbaugh

Friday,, July 26

bestselling author Janet Fitch returns with a special event: An Evening With Janet Fitch – to benefit The Community of Writers and Stories on Stage Sacramento. We’ll have readings by Katie Rubin from Janet’s new novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, interspersed with a conversation between Janet and Insight host Beth Ruyak. Music, chilled vodka in a commemorative shot glass, Russian-themed goodies, both sweet and savory. Tickets: $30(general admission,) $15 (student) $40 (premium seating)

Tickets available at the door or in advance through the Community of Writers at

Friday, August 30

Jenn Alandy Trahan, former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, with a reading from her short story “They Told Us Not To Say This,” published in Harper’s in October 2018. With Diane Kallas.

Friday, September 27

The Los Rios Writers – readings selected from the literary journals of the four Los Rios Community College creative writing programs – Sacramento City College (Susurrus,) American River College (American River Review,) Cosumnes River College (Cosumnes River Journal,) and Folsom Lake College (The Machine.)  Authors include Michelle Padilla, Alma Rocio Peguero, Seth Katz and Andrey Shamshurin

Friday, October 25

An evening of non-fiction with Christine O’Brien, author of Crave, and Sacramento writer Jen Palmares Meadows