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

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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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  Sandip Roy speaks with author, Afghan born American, vegan beefcake and most lovable teddy bear, Nemat Sadat.

Courtesy of Aya de Leon

UC Berkeley Professor Aya de Leon lit up the Bay Area’s slam poetry scene back in the '90s. Now, she’s a novelist. Her award-winning series, "Justice Hustlers" features action-packed, erotic, feminist heist stories, where the sheroes are sex workers. 

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.

Courtesy of James Cagney

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
Photo by Marian Wood Kolisch / CC Flickr User University of Oregon, resized and recropped

 

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. 

Courtesy of Maw Shein Win

 

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.

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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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