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Sandip Roy

The 85 year old Ruskin Bond is a bit of an accidental Indian,

Poet and college professor Daniel B. Summerhill grew up in Oakland and first picked took an interest in creative writing when he was in high school. Since then, Daniel has performed spoken word all over the world and he’s helping the next generation of Bay Area wordsmiths find their voices.

Portrait by Ibtisam Azem

 


 

On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about life in Iraq 16 years after the US invasion.

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Poet James Cagney was 19 when he found out he was adopted. A few years later, both of his parents passed away, and Cagney was left homeless. He reflects on this heavy time in his collection "Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory.

 


 

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about reckoning with transgenerational trauma, through a First Nation woman’s memoir.

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Speaking the truth, calling it like it is, using your voice---being authentic are all hallmarks of the feminist movement. But the more we speak the truth, the more we risk a backlash. 

Sandip Roy

The Kolkata Book Fair is one of the largest in the world. But it also has space for the smallest of publishers.

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.


  On this edition of Your Call, Jabari Asim discusses his new book We Can’t Breathe, which calls out racist “white lies” and replaces it with a story of black survival.

Portrait by Steven L. Hopp


  On this edition of Your Call, we speak with Barbara Kingsolver about her new novel Unsheltered, a portrait of struggle, loss, and renewal in precarious times.

Shizue Seigel

Gentrification may be changing the racial demographics of San Francisco. But census data show people of color makeup over half of the city’s population.

Alexa Denton

 

A 2015 industry survey found that about 80 percent of those working in publishing are white.

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Sandip and writers Amy Tan and Rabih Alameddine explore what makes Jaipur one of the greatest literature festivals in the world.  

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

Jan 25, 2018
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This week the Bay Area lost a homegrown hero, Berkeley-born writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

Sandip Roy

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

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The Stoop podcast is hosted by KALW's Hana Baba and Leila Day. 

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Maw Shein Win is El Cerrito’s first poet laureate, and it’s a job she’s more than ready for. She’s been writing, teaching, and organizing cultural events in the Bay Area for over 20 years.

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There are girls all around the globe addressing tough issues that no young person should have to deal with--but must, 

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When she was young Jeannette Walls wanted nothing more than to escape her crazy, chaotic family. 

Sandip Roy: Mother Leila

May 17, 2017
Sandip Roy

This mother’s Day I was thinking about a very particular mother.  Not mine but a woman named Leila Seth.

Photo by Joen Madonna

 

If you’ve read the San Francisco Chronicle in the last 15 or so years, you probably saw something unique. Once a week, the paper published an illustration called “All Over Coffee” that showed a fresh view of San Francisco, accompanied by words of random insight. 

Is remix culture an exciting new development in the arts, or a sign that genuine creativity is dead?


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When I landed in the US I had one advantage over many other immigrants from different parts of the world.  I spoke English.  Other Indians are less lucky.

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Bharati’s rejection of the hyphen (Asian-American) was not a rejection of her roots. 

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Iranian-American writer Firoozeh Dumas who lives in Germany has written books like Funny in Farsi and It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel. Her commentaries about her hyphenated life have aired on NPR.

Ian Tuttle

We all know what a mixtape is - but what do you think of when you hear “literary mixtape”? For San Francisco writer Evan Karp, it means an event where each author reads without introduction or banter, so that their words collectively form a composite work of art. 

Sam Spade is the private eye in The Maltese Falcon, the San Francisco detective novel that’s been mystifying readers for almost a century.

Sights & Sounds: Gina Gold

Sep 22, 2016

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Gina Gold, filmmaker and actor and host of TMI Storytelling, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

Mary Roach and the unpretty facts of biology

Sep 14, 2016
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Author Mary Roach is prolific. Since 2003, she’s written best-selling books about cadavers, sex, ghosts, the digestive tract, and space toilets. Her latest book is ‘Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.' It delves into the very specialized science of modern combat.

Photo courtesy of Alicia Reyes

 

The Alameda County Bookmobile tours the county with books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and most everything else you can find at your local library. 

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