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Philosophy Talk: Summer Reading (and Misreading)

Aug 30, 2019

What should you have been be reading this summer—and how should you have been reading it? 


Jody Colley

This weekend Downtown Berkeley will transform into a literary paradise for the Bay Area Book Festival. Cherilyn Parsons started the event in 2015 after being inspired by the LA Times book festival

Lisa Keating

In his memoir "Paper Sons," award-winning author Dickson Lam takes readers to the North Beach projects of San Francisco, where he grew up in the early 90s.

Photo courtesy of Khalida Brohi/modified from original

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with bookstore owners about what they and their customers are reading. We also welcome your book recommendations.

Philosophy Talk: Summer Reading List

Aug 17, 2018

What have you read this summer that challenged your assumptions and made you think about things in new ways?


When we have conversations about war and refuge, we sometimes forget our children are listening. So how do you talk to kids about things like the war in Syria?

That’s what Union City children’s author Naheed Senzai tackled in her new novel for middle schoolers, Escape from Aleppo. The story follows 14-year old Nadia as she makes her way out of the devastation of war.

Sandip Roy

Writer Sandip Roy experiences a deeper meaning to the 'Lit fest’ circuit.   

Your Call: What books are you giving as gifts this holiday?

Dec 7, 2017

  

It’s a Your Call tradition -- we get you ready to head to your independent bookstore with lots of gifts ideas for friends and family.  

Philosophy Talk: Summer Reading List

Jun 30, 2017
"Summer Reading" by JennWrenn used under CC license

What books should thoughtful people read this summer?

  

The Spot: The Bay Area's Book Burglar

Sep 25, 2016

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers... 

The Book Report: Amy Berkowitz

Mar 28, 2016
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In The Book Report series, KALW talks to local authors about the books they love. Today we hear about Tyler Vile's Never Coming Home from Amy Berkowitz, a writer living in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Public Library.

 

In the Berkeley Public Library last year, Board of Trustees Meetings were packed with library users who showed up to defend the library’s books.

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Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.  

 

 

Bay Area Book World Breaking News!  

San Francisco may cut ties with Chevron, and libraries are involved

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Bay Area Book World Breaking News!  

    

Coloring books!

The Book Report: Katherine Ellison

Jan 4, 2016
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The Book Report is a new series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Today we hear about Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim from Katherine Ellison, a writer living in San Anselmo. 

Click the audio player above to hear about the book. 

The Book Report is brought to you by KALW and the Litography Project, which is mapping the stories of San Francisco’s literary scene. Find more Litography stories here

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Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.  

 

Bay Area Book World Breaking News

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.

The Book Report is a series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. 

Alan Leggitt

When I first started working at The Booksmith, the local independent bookstore a couple blocks from my apartment, it was a lot like what I expected it to be. Book lovers browsed, regulars came in for their daily newspaper, and authors gave intimate readings. So it came as a surprise when one night all the shelves in the back were pushed aside, two hundred or so people filed in, and Baruch Porras-Hernandez welcomed the crowd enthusiastically with: “Are you guys ready for some porn? Let’s dive in!” 

San Francsico Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Librarians furious as Berkeley tosses thousands of books // SF Gate

“Librarians, normally a sedate bunch, were more steamed than a romance novel in Berkeley on Wednesday over efforts to cull the city collection without consulting them first.

What books should thoughtful people be reading this summer?

The Book Report: Kevin Smokler

Jul 13, 2015
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The Book Report is a series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Writer Kevin Smokler shared his pick - The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin - with Ninna Gaensler-Debs.

Summer is here – what philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues do you want to read up on? Heidegger's Being and Time may not be the obvious choice to take on vacation, but there are lots of readable, beach-friendly classics and non-classics to add philosophical depth to your summer reading.

The Book Report: Cara Black

May 27, 2015
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The Book Report is a new series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Writer Cara Black shared her pick - The Lover, by Marguerite Duras - with Ninna Gaensler-Debs.

On the April 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about the state of independent booksellers. On Saturday, bookstores from Mendocino to Maine will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, with special events and unique publications created to mark the day. The Bay Area has seen a resurgence in independent bookstores, with some local chains growing, while others have closed down. How is your favorite independent bookstore changing? It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you.

Guests:

Samantha Schoech, program director of Independent Bookstore Day on May 2

The Spot: Choose Your Own Adventure

Mar 26, 2015

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


Max Pringle

 

John Steinbeck, the author of such classics as “the Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” was born to a middle class family in a beautiful, turreted Victorian on Central Avenue in Salinas, California. Guides lead tours around the house, describing the period decor and sharing stories.  

Your Call: What are your favorite books of 2014?

Dec 14, 2014

On the December, 15th 2014 edition of  Your Call, it’s our year-end book show. The 2014 best book lists are out. What’s on your list? What are you recommending to friends? Or buying for children? We’ll get recommendations and local independent bookstore owners. How often do you browse your local bookstore? Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

Sharon Levin, founder of Bay Area children’s Literature List. Sharon blogs at lifeliteraturelaughter.com and she is a children's specialist at Books, Inc. in Palo Alto

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