Simpson Literary Project



You’ll find our recorded events below. Visit our news page for a list of upcoming events.


Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series presents: Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund
February 26, 2019
Two award-winning authors, Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, for an engaging conversation about all aspects of their writing including what it’s like to be part of a writing couple. Simpson Literary Project Chair, Joseph Di Prisco moderates the conversation. Anne is Longlisted for the 2019 Simpson Prize, and Lori was a Finalist for the 2017 Simpson Prize.

Lafayette Library & Learning Center’s Distinguished Speaker Series presents: Joyce Carol Oates and Anthony Marra
March 5, 2019
Two award-winning storytellers, each known for their own powerful literary voice, discuss writing and the writer’s life with Joe Di Prisco, Chair of the Simpson Literary Project.



Simpson Family Literary Project Writer-in-Residence, Joyce Carol Oates; 2017 Simpson Literary Prize Winner, T. Geronimo Johnson; and Simpson Chair, Joseph Di Prisco, in-conversation at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.
March 14, 2018

Simpson Project Award Night featuring 2018 Prize Recipient Anthony Marra
October 12, 2018

How Stories Make the World
Bay Area Book Festival, April 29, 2018

Everything we understand about the world comes from stories: those we hear in school, those we read in books, and those we believe about each other. These panelists—all titans of storytelling—will discuss the power stories have to galvanize the world, create cultures, and bind us all together. Don’t miss your chance to hear Joyce Carol Oates, who boasts a lifetime of achievements as a great American author and Pulitzer Prize nominee (her new story collection, “Beautiful Days” came out in February); Scott Saul, biographer of late comedian Richard Pryor and also a UC Berkeley English professor with Oates; writer and critic Ismail Muhammad; Chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project Joe Di Prisco; and Anthony Marra, recipient of the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize. These brilliant writers will interrogate how we shape stories—and how stories shape us



2017 Simpson Project Award Night featuring Prize Recipient T. Geronimo Johnson
October 13, 2017

Ben Fountain, Simpson Prize Finalist at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
October 17, 2018