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Life and Limb 

A review of Damnation Spring, Ash Davidson’s debut novel about a logging community in Northern California. Cover of The New York Times Book Review


An interview with John Brandon, author of the novel Ivory Shoals, set in post-Civil War Florida. McSweeney's

Thinking About Place When Thinking About Tech

A conversation with Xiaowei Wang, author of Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's CountrysideZyzzyva

'Lest We Forget the Horrors'

A catalog of Donald Trump's misdeeds. McSweeney's   

Michael McClure, the poet whose roar helped launch the '60s, dies at 87

An appreciation. The Los Angeles Times

Lois Lowry’s Ode to the Fallen in World War II

A review of Lowry's latest book, On the Horizon. The New York Times

The Patterns of History

A conversation with novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Zyzzyva

Keeping the Story of D-Day Alive

 A review of Allies, a novel for young readers by Alan Gratz. The New York Times

The Return of Olive Kitteridge, the Tart, Crotchety, Beloved Curmudgeon 

A review of Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout. The New York Times

Deep River

A review of Karl Marlantes' new novel. Alta

Finding My Mother in the Pages of Her Favorite Cookbook

An essay about a marked-up copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking as a repository of memories. Literary Hub


Books That Expand the Possibilities of Boyhood

A review of new titles by David Macaulay, Marc Aronson, Pierre-Jacques Ober and Kate T. Parker. The New York Times

Mixing drinks, books and music

North Light, a bar with a new twist, opens in Oakland. San Francisco Chronicle

Michelle Obama goes back to her nonprofit roots

During her book tour, Obama pays a visit to a San Jose community center. San Francisco Chronicle

Writing The Library Book

A podcast interview with Susan Orlean. San Francisco Chronicle

Star wars

A podcast interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military. San Francisco Chronicle

Eric Idle on his new memoir, Robin Williams and why Trump isn’t funny

An interview with the author of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography. San Francisco Chronicle

Life with — and without — Steve Jobs

A review of Small Fry, a memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. San Francisco Chronicle

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death

A review of a biography by Lillian Faderman. San Francisco Chronicle

Tom Wolfe, pioneering journalist and novelist, dies at 88

The influential writer laid the foundation for so-called New Journalism and wrote the best-sellers The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities. San Francisco Chronicle

‘Hi, this is Oprah’

An interview with Tayari Jones, whose novel An American Marriage was Oprah Winfrey’s 2018 book club selection. San Francisco Chronicle

Ferlinghetti speaks out at 99, his voice as vital as ever

A podcast interview with the legendary co-founder of City Lights. San Francisco Chronicle

Contested terrain

An interview with Francisco Cantú, a former Border Patrol agent who has written a memoir, The Lines Becomes a RiverSan Francisco Chronicle

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

A review of Michael Wolff's best-seller.  San Francisco Chronicle

Jane Juska, author who chronicled search for sex late in life, dies at 84

Juska wrote the funny and frank best-selling memoir A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and RomanceSan Francisco Chronicle

Neil deGrasse Tyson opens up on the universe, and more

An interview with the author of Astrophysics in a HurrySan Francisco Chronicle

Joanne Kyger, trailblazing Beat poet, dies at 82

Kyger was a leading poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the male-dominated Beat generation. San Francisco Chronicle

Hitler, by Volker Ullrich, and Blitzed, by Norman Ohler

A review of two new books about Hitler. San Francisco Chronicle

Coming to America

A review of the graphic novel The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui. San Francisco Chronicle

Bharati Mukherjee, chronicler of Indian American life, dies at 76

Mukherjee's many works examined the Indian American immigrant experience. San Francisco Chronicle

Farewell to the reader in chief

An essay on President Obama, who views the world in shades of gray — a quality enhanced by a lifetime of reading.

Point Reyes Books names new owners

The small but vibrant Marin County bookstore turns a page. San Francisco Chronicle

Dylan becomes first songwriter to win Nobel in literature

Dylan is the first American to be awarded the prize since Toni Morrison won it in 1993. San Francisco Chronicle

Late to the Ball

An interview with former New York Times Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati, who decided at age 54 to devote himself to becoming a competitive tennis player. San Francisco Chronicle

William Hamilton, New Yorker cartoonist who satirized high society, dies

The cartoonist was known for his wry depictions of the upper crust. San Francisco Chronicle

Readers unite! And raise a glass. It’s the Silent Reading Party

Daniel Handler and Dan Stone have founded a monthly event whose proceeds will help Bay Area libraries. San Francisco Chronicle

Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence

A review of Lee Siegel's biography. San Francisco Chronicle

Killing and Dying

A review of Adrian Tomine's graphic novel. San Francisco Chronicle

Jimmy Carter discusses book, race and Willie Nelson’s love of pot

An interview with the former president, whose latest book is A Full Life: Reflections at NinetySan Francisco Chronicle

French connection

Two bookstores with Bay Area roots help literary life thrive in Paris. San Francisco Chronicle


A review of by Pamela Newkirk's biography of Ota Benga, who was kidnapped from the Congo and displayed in a cage at the Bronx Zoo. San Francisco Chronicle

The Sellout

A review of Paul Beatty's satirical novel on race. San Francisco Chronicle

Philip Levine, bard of blue-collar America, dies at 87

The former U.S. poet laureate's poems dignified working-class life. San Francisco Chronicle

Novelist Robert Stone dies at age 77

Stone's globe-spanning, often socially charged novels delved into his characters’ despair with bleak humor. San Francisco Chronicle

John Waters on the road

An interview with the film director and author of Carsick. San Francisco Chronicle

Another Great Day at Sea, by Geoff Dyer

A review of Dyer's book about his time on the USS George H.W. Bush. San Francisco Chronicle

Popcorn or no popcorn?

An interview with David Thomson, author of the New Biographical Dictionary of Film. San Francisco Chronicle

All aboard

A review of Tom Zoellner's Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World -- From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest ChiefSan Francisco Chronicle

Famous Writers I Have Known

A review of James Magnuson's comic novel. San Francisco Chronicle

Literary map of the Bay Area

An interactive map that features hundreds of booksellers, authors, and literary landmark and passages. San Francisco Chronicle

Pink Sari Revolution

A review of Amana Fontanella-Khan's book on women and power in India. San Francisco Chronicle

Ninety Percent of Everything, by Rose George

A review of a book that explores the little-known world of shipping. San Francisco Chronicle

Al Gore on the future

An interview with the former vice president, author of The Future: Six Drivers of Global ChangeSan Francisco Chronicle

Andrew McCarthy at home and abroad

An interview with the author of The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. San Francisco Chronicle

Making Babies

A review of Anne Enright's essay collection. San Francisco Chronicle

Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It

A review of an anthology by Howard Jacobson. San Francisco Chronicle

The Beauty and the Sorrow, by Peter Englund

A review of an "intimate history" of World War I. San Francisco Chronicle

Back to nature

An interview with T.C. Boyle about his novel When the Killing's DoneSan Francisco Chronicle

Penn Jillette on the joys of atheism

An interview with the author of God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales. San Francisco Chronicle

Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

A review of Lauren Redniss' mix of drawings, photo-collages and text. San Francisco Chronicle

Cleopatra reconsidered

An interview with the biographer Stacy Schiff. San Francisco Chronicle

Infinite City

A review of Rebecca Solnit's San Francisco Atlas. San Francisco Chronicle


A review of Keith Richards' memoir. San Francisco Chronicle

Golden Gate

A review of Kevin Starr's history of the bridge. San Francisco Chronicle

War stories

An interview with Tim O'Brien, author of The Things They Carried on its 20th anniversary. San Francisco Chronicle

Robert Stone keeps it short

An interview with Stone, whose latest book is the story collection Fun With Problems. San Francisco Chronicle

Running the Books

A review of Avi Steinberg's memoir of his time as a prison librarian. San Francisco Chronicle

Big cat

A review of John Vaillant's The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. San Francisco Chronicle

Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

A review of Scott Simon's memoir on adoption. San Francisco Chronicle

The Last Hero

A review of Howard Bryant's biography of Henry Aaron. San Francisco Chronicle

Agassi's next chapter

An interview with the tennis great and author of the memoir OpenSan Francisco Chronicle

Over the border

An interview with Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the novel Into the Beautiful North. San Francisco Chronicle

New York story

An interview with Richard Price, author of the novel Lush LifeSan Francisco Chronicle

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