Sep 26, 2023

Now and Then

Heather Cox Richardson is hot on history. During a phone interview to talk about her new book, Democracy Awakening, Notes on the State of America, the Boston College professor is most animated by a question about a conversation we might have in 2024, perhaps six months or one year...
Jul 12, 2023

Cali Lit

May 3, 2023

In Due Time

Feb 15, 2023

Liminal Is Lit

Feb 1, 2023

A Bud Bible

 New coffee table book has something for everyone Recently I had the pleasure of reading a lovely little book called The Joy of Cannabis. I have to admit, although a life-long adult cannabis user who has written tens...
Jan 25, 2023

The Science of Wonder

Dr. Dacher Keltner’s latest book delves into the awful and the awesome  When witnessing transcendent awe anywhere in the world, the most common utterances people emit are “ooooh,”  “aaah”  and the ubiquitous “whoa.” Studies in China, Japan, South...
Jan 11, 2023

Grace and Grit

Obama’s chief White House speechwriter and post-presidential collaborator gives an insider’s view in latest book During the fractious campaign months leading up to the mid-term elections in November 2022, I found myself reaching repeatedly for safe havens. Like...
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...
Oct 5, 2022

Piercing the Book Bubble: Litquake celebrates 23 years of bringing literature to the people

If Litquake 2022 were weaponry, it would be a bow and arrows. Instead, Litquake is the Bay Area’s beloved annual literary festival that this year sprawls over 16 days with 93 events and over 350 authors and...
Sep 14, 2022

Leaving Miami: Jonathan Escoffery’s ‘If I Survive You’ follows a family seeking identity that...

With his new collection of interlinked short stories, Oakland author Jonathan Escoffery dissects the ironies of race, identity and family for Jamaican immigrants living in South Florida. Through the eyes of two brothers on divergent career and social...
Mar 2, 2022

Seeking Self: Jay Caspian Kang tackles the pull of white assimilation for second- and...

In a phone conversation, Berkeley-based writer Jay Caspian Kang speaks his truth in a multiplicity of voices—and reveals he may forever be a man in search of a singular identity. We’re talking about Kang’s most recent book, The...
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