A profile of Paul Yamazaki, City Lights’ beloved book buyer and recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award. Los Angeles Times
A look at Robert Oppenheimer’s deep roots in the Bay Area, where he carried out his revolutionary research—and where his social conscience was awakened. Zyzzyva
A conversation with Héctor Tobar, author of Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino.” Zyzzyva
A conversation with Kathryn Ma, author of the novel The Chinese Groove. Zyzzyva
The introduction to a compendium of dozens of treasured books from around the world. Published by Britain’s Elwin Street Productions, the book has also been translated into Spanish and German.
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
A personal tribute to the art critic.
An appreciation of the co-founder of City Lights in San Francisco.
An interview with John Brandon, author of the novel Ivory Shoals, set in post-Civil War Florida. McSweeney’s
A conversation with Xiaowei Wang, author of Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside. Zyzzyva
A catalog of Donald Trump’s misdeeds. McSweeney’s
A personal essay on working at the late newspaper.
A personal essay on the joys of the shawm, a reed wind instrument.
An obituary on the countercultural figure. Los Angeles Times
A review of Lowry’s latest book, On the Horizon. The New York Times
A personal essay on his home state.
A conversation with novelist Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Zyzzyva
A review of Allies, a novel for young readers by Alan Gratz. The New York Times
A review of Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout. The New York Times
A personal essay on memories of the cathedral.
A review of Karl Marlantes’ new novel. Alta
An essay about a marked-up copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking as a repository of memories. Literary Hub
A review of new titles by David Macaulay, Marc Aronson, Pierre-Jacques Ober and Kate T. Parker. The New York Times
Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle:
A profile of North Light, an Oakland bar with a twist.
During her book tour, Obama pays a visit to a San Jose community center.
A podcast interview with Susan Orlean.
A podcast interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military.
An interview with the author of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography.
A review of Small Fry, a memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs.
A review of a biography by Lillian Faderman.
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.
An interview with Tayari Jones, whose novel An American Marriage was Oprah Winfrey’s 2018 book club selection.
A podcast interview with the co-founder of City Lights.
An interview with Francisco Cantú, a former Border Patrol agent and author of a memoir, The Line Becomes a River.
A review of Michael Wolff’s best-seller.
Juska wrote the funny and frank best-selling memoir A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance.
An interview with the author of Astrophysics in a Hurry.
Kyger was a leading poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the male-dominated Beat generation.
A review of two books about Hitler.
A review of a graphic novel by Thi Bui.
Mukherjee’s many works examined the Indian American immigrant experience.
An essay on President Obama, who views the world in shades of gray—a quality enhanced by a lifetime of reading.
The small but vibrant Marin County bookstore turns a page.
A look at the first American to be awarded the prize since Toni Morrison won it in 1993.
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.
The cartoonist was known for his wry depictions of the upper crust.
Daniel Handler and Dan Stone found a monthly event whose proceeds help Bay Area libraries.
A review of a biography by Lee Siegel.
A review of a graphic novel by Adrian Tomine.
An interview with the former president, whose latest book is A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.
Two bookstores with Bay Area roots help literary life thrive in Paris.
A review of Pamela Newkirk’s biography of Ota Benga, who was kidnapped in the Congo and displayed in a cage at the Bronx Zoo.
A review of Paul Beatty’s satirical novel on race.
The former U.S. poet laureate’s poems dignified working-class life.
Stone’s globe-spanning, often socially charged novels delved into his characters’ despair with bleak humor.
An interview with the film director and author of Carsick.
A review of Dyer’s book about his time on the USS George H.W. Bush.
An interview with David Thomson, author of the New Biographical Dictionary of Film.
A review of Tom Zoellner’s Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World—From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief.
A review of James Magnuson’s comic novel.
An interactive map that features hundreds of booksellers, authors, and literary landmark and passages.
A review of Amana Fontanella-Khan’s book on women and power in India.
A review of a book by Rose George that explores the little-known world of shipping.
An interview with the former vice president, author of The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.
An interview with the author of The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down.
A review of Anne Enright’s essay collection.
A review of an anthology by Howard Jacobson.
A review of an“intimate history” of World War I.
An interview with T.C. Boyle about his novel When the Killing's Done.
An interview with the author of God, No! Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales.
A review of Lauren Redniss’ mix of drawings, photo-collages and text.
An interview with biographer Stacy Schiff.
A review of Rebecca Solnit’s San Francisco Atlas.
A review of Keith Richards’ memoir.
A review of Kevin Starr’s history of the bridge.
An interview with Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried.
An interview with Stone, author of the story collection Fun With Problems.
A review of Avi Steinberg’s memoir of his time as a prison librarian.
A review of John Vaillant’s The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.
A review of Scott Simon’s memoir on adoption.
A review of Howard Bryant’s biography of Henry Aaron.
An interview with the tennis great and author of the memoir Open.
An interview with Richard Price, author of the novel Lush Life.
An essay on the Amazon Kindle.
An interview with travel writer William Least Heat Moon.
An interview with documentary filmmaker Rob Nilsson about his series of films on the troubled San Francisco neighborhood.
An interview with the actor about her role as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose.
An interview with Javier Bardem, star of Love in the Time of Cholera.
A look at a documentary about the musician Nick Drake.
An interview with the director about his film Flanders.
An interview with actor Idris Elba.
An interview with actor Peter Mullan.
An interview with Werner Herzog about his film The Wild Blue Yonder.
An interview with Lars von Trier, director of Manderlay.
Making headway in a man's world
An interview with Cristina Comencini, director of the Oscar-nominated film Don't Tell.
An interview with Cillian Murphy about his role in Breakfast on Pluto.
An interview with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
An interview with film editor Thelma Schoonmaker about her late husband, director Michael Powell.
An interview with Liev Schreiber about Everything Is Illuminated, which he directed.
A profile of John Dobson, a former monk who revolutionized amateur astronomy with his Dobsonian telescope.
An interview with Wanda Sykes about football and her favorite words.
An interview with Gene Wilder about his memoir.
An interview with Hal Hartley about his film The Girl from Monday.
An interview with Danny Boyle about his film Millions.
A feature on the B-movie director Edgar G. Ulmer.
An interview with actor Budd Cort about his role in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
An interview with director David O. Russell about his film I Heart Huckabees.
An interview with actor John C. Reilly about his role in Criminal.
An interview with Robert Stone, director of the documentary Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst.
A review of a book by Steve Kettmann about a Red Sox-Yankees game.
An interview with John Sayles, director of Silver City.
An interview with Marilyn Yalom about her book Birth of the Chess Queen: A History.
Interviews with musician Lars Ulrich and filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky about the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.
An interview with filmmaker Jorgen Leth, the subject of Lars von Trier's documentary The Five Obstructions.
An interview with the author of Blues City: A Walk in Oakland.
An interview with Anthony Wall, co-director of a documentary about the late actor.
Interviews with directors Agnès Varda and Barbet Schroeder about their embrace of digital video.
An interview with Leonard Nimoy about his photography.
An interview with Sean Penn about acting in Sam Shepard's play The Late Henry Moss.
An interview with the actor, back onstage after thirty years.
An interview with artist Andy Goldsworthy.
An interview about CGI with Phil Tippett and Craig Hayes of Tippett Studio.
An essay on the accent in Hollywood movies.
An appreciation of the artist Leonard Baskin.