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New Arrivals

New Arrivals is a socially-distanced book tour with Bay Area authors produced by Lisa Morehouse.

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San Francisco author Loren Rhoads reads from her book "Unsafe Words." This is an excerpt from the short story "Here There be Monsters."

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San Francisco author Alia Voltz reads from her book "Home Baked." It's about how her mother, Meridy Voltz, became an unexpected caregiver in the 1970s when she opened a bakery called Sticky Fingers Brownies.

You can also listen to a 30-minute audio documentary on the story behind her book on the KALW website. It's called, "How Pot Brownies Brought Some Relief During The AIDS Epidemic." 

San Francisco author Ori Gutin reads from his children’s book "The Butterfly Who Flew in the Rain." It's about a little caterpillar born in the midst of a terrible thunderstorm.

San Francisco author Scott James reads from "Trial By Fire." It’s about the deadliest single building fire in modern American history. 

Cassie Kifer's new book "Secret San Jose" explores what she calls Northern California’s most misunderstood city.

San Francisco-based author Valeria Luu and Berkeley-based photographer Andria Lo co-authored a book called Chinatown Pretty. It celebrates the street style and wisdom of senior citizens they met in Chinatowns across North America.

San Francisco-based author Zara Stone reads from her book, "The Future of Science is Female." It's about projects that women in STEM are working on.

Oakland-based author Meg Elison reads from her book "Find Layla." It's about a girl named Layla who is having a hard time growing up.

San Francisco-based author Bridget Quinn reads from her new illustrated book, "She Votes: How US Women Won Suffrage and What Happened Next." It's about the ways women have fought to make their voices heard and it's illustrated by 100 different artists.

San Francisco-based author Shruti Swamy reads from her new short story collection, "A House Is A Body." It's about finding joy and meaning in times of turmoil. 

San Francisco author Angela Terry reads from her book "Charming Falls Apart." It's about a 35-year-old woman who loses it all and embarks on a self-help mission.

Oakland-based author Elwin Cotman reads from his new short story collection "Dance on Saturday." It's about many things, including a zoology conference, people who make their body parts from fruit, and an origin story for Prince.

San Francisco author Marke Bieschke reads from his new book, "Into the Streets."  It’s about how 500 years of protest shaped what’s happening in our world today.


San Francisco author A.H. Kim reads from her new novel, "A Good Family."

San Francisco author Jaimal Yogis reads from his new children’s picture book, "Mop Rides the Waves of Life." Mop loves to surf and he learns to ride his emotions like he rides the waves in the ocean.

Sacramento author Shelley Blanton-Stroud reads from her new novel, "Copy Boy." It takes place in San Francisco in the 1930s.

Mill Valley author Heather Young reads from her novel "The Distant Dead." It's about a murder in the Nevada desert.

Oakland author Emily Pilloton reads from her new book, "Girls Garage." Its an invitation to girls and women everywhere to join a movement of fearless builders.

Oakland author Yodassa Williams reads from her debut novel "The Goddess Twins." This passage is of one of the main characters remembering a moment from her past when she almost drowned. Williams next book will be a memoir about her experiences as a Black femme burner. 

San Jose author Ava Homa reads from her new poetry collection, "Daughters of Smoke and Fire." It's about a sister's fight for her brother's freedom, set mainly in the Kurdish region of Iran.

Oakland author Maggie Tokuda-Hall reads from her young adult fantasy novel, "The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea." This passage from the point of view of the sea.

San Francisco author Anne Raeff reads from her new book, "Only the River." It's about displacement, revolution, and love.

Oakland author Melanie Abrams reads from her new book, "Meadowlark." It's about two teenagers who escape a strict spiritual commune.

San Francisco-based author Dorothy Hearst reads from "Bobo’s Cave of Gold." She and Pamela Berkman write the children’s series "At the Heels of History," featuring dogs and their human companions at key moments in our past.

Oakland author Adrien Aster reads from their new dystopian sci-fi thriller, "Loving R-thur." It's about a woman named X who falls in love with an artificial intelligence.

San Anselmo author Kate Milliken reads from her new novel, "Kept Animals." It's set in a southern California neighborhood of horse ranches and movie stars, and it revolves around the relationships of teenage girls.

San Francisco author Wendy Liu reads from her new book, "Abolish Silicon Valley." It's part memoir about her experience as a startup founder and software engineer, and part cultural criticism.

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Berkeley author Bonnie Tsui reads a passage from her new book, "Why We Swim." It's about how she first fell in love with the water.

El Cerrito author Tess Taylor reads from one of her two new poetry collections, "Rift Zone." Rift Zone is set around Taylor’s hometown, a California suburb lying along the Hayward fault. Her other new collection is "Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange."

San Francisco author Marilyn Chase reads from her new book "Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa." The artist Ruth Asawa was imprisoned as a Japanese American during World War II and later revolutionized scultpure and art education.