Looking Forward to Season Six

Have you previewed our upcoming sixth season yet?

We’re excited to bring you a mix of emerging writers with first books published or soon-to-be-published, like Jamil Kochai and Tommy Orange, as well as returning favorites with fresh work, like Colin Winnette, Pam Houston, and Shobha Rao. Keep checking back as we finalize our 2018-19 calendar.

Since our series is especially dedicated to showcasing the work of California authors, we think it’s fitting that our third annual Opening Night Gala fundraiser will feature two Northern California writers with debut novels out this summer, Paula Saunders and Vanessa Hua.

Publisher’s Weekly writes that Saunders’ novel, The Distance Home,  “wonderfully depicts the entire lifespan of a singular family.” Saunders’ book has been longlisted for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and we’re rooting for Paula, along with two of our authors who also appear on the list, Shobha Rao and Tommy Orange.

Award-winning author Celeste Ng calls Vanessa Hua’s debut novel, A River of Stars, “an utterly absorbing novel about the ruthless love of parenthood and the universal truth that sometimes family runs deeper than blood alone.”

We can’t wait to share another Opening Night with you on September 8, 2018! If you’d like to be notified when gala tickets go on sale, sign up for our monthly mailing list below, and you’ll hear about it first.

Dog Run Moon Longlisted for Dylan Thomas Prize


Dog Run Moon, by February author Callan Wink, is one of twelve books longlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the largest literary prize in the world for young writers. The  winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced on May 10. Read more about the prize and see the full longlist. We’re over the moon for Callan and his collection! Come see him tomorrow evening, February 11—actor Matt Rives will read Callan’s story “Crow Country Moses,” and Zachary Scovel will read “Patterson” by emerging author Evan White. Read more about our February authors and actors.