James D. Houston was born in San Francisco, California, in 1933. He authored and co-authored more than 20 nonfiction books and novels. His notable works include Snow Mountain Passage (2001), Bird of Another Heaven (2007), and The Last Paradise (1998). He also co-authored his wife Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir, Farewell to Manzanar (1973). He won two American Book Awards and the Humanitas Prize for his work. Houston taught at many universities in California, including Stanford and UC Santa Cruz. He died in 2009.
Audio Recordings with James D. Houston
- Laura Furman, James D. Houston, and David Michael Kaplan, authors of three of the “ten best” short stories in the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project, read their stories on November 29, 1990, in the Montpelier Room