Nov 9, 2022

Honor Them With More Than a Parade

‘Our Veterans’ digs deep into vets’ challenges Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day this year. There will be parades. Politicians will make speeches “honoring the sacrifices” of the men and women who serve or have served in the armed forces, and families with a relative with a military background will...
Feb 9, 2022

What Is Love?: Mac Barnett’s latest book takes young readers on a heartfelt journey

In 2013, New York Times-bestselling author Mac Barnett told me that growing up as an only child, whose time was divided between his father’s and mother’s homes in Castro Valley and Oakland, left him feeling lonely and...
Dec 22, 2021

The Second Shooter: Nick Mamatas’ latest book begins with a mysterious phenomenon and takes...

Oakland author Nick Mamatas offers a trip down the rabbit hole of theories about mass shootings in his new metaphysical thriller, The Second Shooter. According to Mamatas, for every mass shooting in America—four victims or more—there is initially...
Oct 27, 2021

Escaping Into Horror: In his new novel, James Han Mattson explores the politics of...

Mattson provides a galvanizing setup for 'Reprieve'. Each of the five cells at Quigley House is occupied by gore-covered actors, who are permitted to hit, punch and spatter muck on the visitors, who are sometimes allowed to retaliate. The first contestant to use the safe word, “reprieve,” loses the chance to take $60,000 home with them. The owners claim to have made at least one payout.
Sep 8, 2021

Inter State: Jose Vadi travels the length of California and re-acquaints himself with the...

"Vadi said, 'I feel like Inter State is a series of essays that answer a lot of questions I had about myself and my family and my relationship with California. By way of answering those questions, it allowed me to investigate other questions I came up with along the way that hint at California’s future.'"
Aug 11, 2021

Slam Dunk: Nick Greene goes hard in the paint with ‘How to Watch Basketball...

"Greene said he took the fact that one man invented the game for granted. 'As I researched it, I realized that other sports cannot be traced to a single inventor,' he said. 'We have those 13 rules that started the game. From that, we can trace the watchability, see how the rules changed in this one, rare, fishbowl. It’s almost like a science experiment," Lou Fancher reports.
May 19, 2021

Revival Revealed

Michael Berry sits down with Monica West, author of 'Revival Season', to discuss her book on a family of faith healers and how it reflects, and doesn't reflect, her childhood growing up in different churches across America.
May 11, 2021

Shadow Box

Author and co-founder of Nerds of Color, Shawn Taylor reviews Ayize Jama-Everett's graphic novel that mines racial stereotypes for Jungian "Shadow work" on the global Black psyche.
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