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Oakland author Mary Monroe has been captivating her readers with juicy storylines and unforgettable characters for decades. Her latest novel “Across the Way” is about two neighboring couples who are both friends and enemies living in 1930s Alabama.

Book tours have been canceled since shelter-in-place began, so we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. This one is from Newark-based author Juliette Wade reading from her new science fiction novel, "Mazes of Power."

Photo courtesy Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet/modified from original

How can we possibly dream of a better future in the middle of a pandemic? 

Philosophy Talk: Walter Benjamin and the Re-Enchanted World

Jul 14, 2020

Can we find enchantment without sacrificing reason?


Book tours have been canceled since shelter-in-place began, so we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. This one is from Oakland author Emily Pilloton reading from her new book, "Girls Garage." 

Book tours have been canceled since shelter-in-place began, so we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. This one is from Sacramento author Shelley Blanton-Stroud reading from her new novel, "Copy Boy."

'Unearth [The Flowers]' Talks Grief And Celebrates Life

Jun 22, 2020

While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. This one features Thea Matthews, San Francisco author whose debut book of poetry "Unearth [The Flowers]" just came out.

While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. This one features Berkeley’s Johanna Silver, the former garden editor of Sunset Magazine whose book Growing Weed in the Garden came out in March. 

Photo by Andria Lo

While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. This one features Oakland-based author Monica Sok reading from her new book of poetry, "A Nail the Evening Hangs On."

While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. Today, we're featuring San Anselmo-based author Kate Milliken reading from her  new novel, "Kept Animals."

While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. Today, we're featuring Oakland author Melanie Abrams reading from her new book, "Meadowlark."

Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 2

May 22, 2020

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?


Philosophy Talk: Comforting Conversations, Part 1

May 19, 2020

How can insights from the arts and humanities help us cope with anxious times?


While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you as part of our "New Arrivals" series. Today, we're featuring Oakland author Adrien Aster reading from their new dystopian sci-fi thriller, "Loving R-thur."

Rebeka Rodriguez / Feminist Press

While we're sheltered in place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you in a series we’re calling "New Arrivals." Today, we're featuring San Francisco author Juli Delgado Lopera reading from her bilingual, coming of age novel "Fiebre Tropical."

While we're sheltered-in-place, we’re bringing Bay Area author readings to you in a series we’re calling "New Arrivals." Today, we're featuring San Francisco author Beth Lisick reading from her new novel, "Edie on the Green Screen."

April is National Poetry Month, and for some poetry helps make sense of the world. M.K. Chavez writes poetry that reflects on what’s going on in society and inside of herself.

Chavez is the author of "Mothermorphosis" and "Dear Animal," Her work has been honored by PEN Oakland and the Berkeley Public Library Foundation among others. In this interview she talks about themes in her writing such as nature and her mother’s battle with schizophrenia. 

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Bay Area book release parties have been canceled while we're sheltered-in-place, so we’re bringing the readings to you in a series we’re calling "New Arrivals." Today, we're featuring San Francisco author Marilyn Chase reading from her new book "Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa." 

Philosophy Talk: Poetry as a Way of Knowing

Apr 19, 2020

April is National Poetry Month, so a philosopher might ask: Can we come to know things poetically that we couldn't get at through other forms of thinking, writing, and talking?


Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

This week Sandip remembers his early childhood attraction to that group of 'mustachioed morons.'

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Every day brings an avalanche of anxiety-inducing news: The spread of novel coronavirus, the reaction of the markets, the stress on the healthcare system, and the pending November elections.  Singularly, each event is worrying. Collectively, it is hard to take it all in. Where can we find a moment of respite from all the news? Host Grace Won talks with a group of authors, artists and experts to hear how they are using art, music and literature to cope in these challenging times. What are you listening to, reading or watching to calm your nerves?

Guests:

Sandip Roy

Sandip takes us to one of his favorite places, the Kolkata Book Fair, now in it’s 44th year!  

Courtesy of Lisa D. Gray

Lisa D. Gray could barely read when she became fascinated with books. Now she’s penning award-winning stories about race and class. Lisa is the founder of Our Voices Our Stories SF, a literary event where women writers of color and the community engage.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

India has scores of literature festivals these days. But the Rainbow Lit Fest in Delhi this December was still special….

Andria Lo

Mimi Lok is the executive director of the human-rights organization Voice of Witness, whose mission is to amplify unheard voices. Mimi carries the passion over her day job over to the world she imagines.

Photo by Sandip Roy/modified from original

Sandip Roy remembers on of India’s most beloved writers. Nabaneeta dev Sen.  

Photo courtesy of Sandip Roy

Amitav Ghosh’s newest novel Gun Island is a story about both two of his great themes - migration and climate.

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders / Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Readers worldwide are still grieving the loss of Toni Morrison. We reflect on the late author’s legacy and speak to some of her fans at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. 

Philosophy Talk: Reading the Troubled Past

Aug 13, 2019

What should we do with literature and philosophy from a discredited moral past?

Shakespeare Gives Actors Choices, Even in Prison

Jul 29, 2019
Uncuffed

From the series Uncuffed:

I found acting in prison, and Steve Drown had acted most of his life through high school and college. One actor from the desert and the other from the city.

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