Calendar of Events

2018 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, February 23

Novelists Anne Raeff and Mira T. Lee, with readings from Anne’s new novel Winter Kept Us Warm and Mira’s debut novel Everything Here Is Beautiful

Friday, April 27

Fiction writer and essayist Elizabeth Tallent with a reading from her much-praised short story collection Mendocino Fire. With Sacramento short story writer (and former Sacramento Bee columnist) Bob Sylva.


Friday, June 22

Bay area novelist Kirstin Chen with a reading from her novel about a family escaping Mao’s China, Bury What We Cannot Take, along with a reading of the short story “Intervention” by Sacramento writer Stephen Cook.  Readings by Ethan Ireland and Jason Meng Lee

Friday, August 24

San Francisco columnist and fiction writer Vanessa Hua, with a reading from her debut novel A River of Stars.

Native American writer Tommy Orange with a reading from his debut novel, There  There

Friday, October 26

Featuring Drue Heinz Prize winner Melissa Yancy  with a story from her winning short story collection Dog Years, and Dana Johnson,  winner of the Flannery O’Connor award for her story collection Break any Woman Down, with a reading from her new collection In The Not Quite Dark,


Friday, September 28 – The Los Rios Writers

Readings from the best of the current issues of the literary magazines of the four Los Rios Community Colleges – Susurrus (Sacramento City College) The American River Review, the Cosumnes River Journal, and the Creative Writing department of Folsom Lake College