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courtesy photoThe Bernal Story: Mediating Class and Race in a Multicultural Community

Titles address SF’s long, rich history with public art

San Francisco has a long and rich history of public art, as…

courtesy photoThe Bernal Story: Mediating Class and Race in a Multicultural Community
COURTESY PATRICIA WILLIAMSLisa See is in the Bay Area this week talking about “China Dolls

‘China Dolls’ showcases bygone era of Chinatown nightclubs

San Francisco takes center stage in Lisa See's new novel, "China Dolls,"…

COURTESY PATRICIA WILLIAMSLisa See is in the Bay Area this week talking about “China Dolls
COURTESY FIONA ABOUDFood writer Ruth Reichl is touring the country to promote her first novel

Ruth Reichl mixes food, fiction

Former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl has engaged readers for…

COURTESY FIONA ABOUDFood writer Ruth Reichl is touring the country to promote her first novel
Multimillionaire entertainment mogul Russell Simmons is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in 1991. (Courtesy Gerald Jansen)

Secret to Russell Simmons’ success: meditation

Hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons is a busy man — and…

Multimillionaire entertainment mogul Russell Simmons is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in 1991. (Courtesy Gerald Jansen)
courtesy photoDeborah Madison will be in the Bay Area to talk about her newcookbook.

Deborah Madison back with ‘New Vegetarian Cooking’

When it’s time to prepare a meal, cookbook author Deborah Madison has…

courtesy photoDeborah Madison will be in the Bay Area to talk about her newcookbook.

‘Wounds to Bind’ a perceptive remembrance of the ’60s folk-rock scene

That flash in the summer of ’65 when folk-rock held center stage,…

courtesy photoPublisher Lian Gouw’s third

Publisher brings Indonesian literature to light

San Mateo-based publisher Lian Gouw is on a mission to tell the…

courtesy photoPublisher Lian Gouw’s third
AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo

Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed…

AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo
COurtesy photoRetired teacher Art Peterson is the author of “Why is That Bridge Orange?

Peterson's book answers burning questions about SF curiosities

Retired schoolteacher Art Peterson has written a book that answers burning questions…

COurtesy photoRetired teacher Art Peterson is the author of “Why is That Bridge Orange?
COURTESY LESLIE KAHANFran Smith

‘Changing the Way We Die’ brings hospice to light

Sheila Himmel admits that it wasn’t an easy task to get her…

COURTESY LESLIE KAHANFran Smith
Courtesy photoAmy Tan talks about her new book “The Valley of Amazement” with Jan Yanehiro at Kepler’s on Tuesday. The 600-page book queries into her family’s history.

Amy Tan explores lives of courtesans in ‘Valley of Amazement’

After a seven-year hiatus, Oakland-born author Amy Tan returns to fiction with…

Courtesy photoAmy Tan talks about her new book “The Valley of Amazement” with Jan Yanehiro at Kepler’s on Tuesday. The 600-page book queries into her family’s history.
ap file photoGoogle will start showing ads in its online store for mobile apps

Suit challenging Google's digital library tossed

A federal judge handed Google Inc. a victory in a long-running legal…

ap file photoGoogle will start showing ads in its online store for mobile apps
Courtesy PhotoHal Holbrook

Holbrook revisiting ghosts of his past to find his present

It’s been more than three years since Dixie Carter, star of “Designing…

Courtesy PhotoHal Holbrook
Adrian Todd Zuniga brings his rowdy writer competition Literary Death Match to the Elbo Room during Litquake.

Literary Death Match ready for action at Litquake

Literary Death Match has a racy history in San Francisco. When the…

Adrian Todd Zuniga brings his rowdy writer competition Literary Death Match to the Elbo Room during Litquake.

Marijuana murder mystery has fun S.F. history

"Killer Weed" is not just an engaging mystery, it's also a fun…

Kepler's reading focuses on children, war and more

Amid the great upheavals of war, children — the most vulnerable members…

Myriad sad stories languish in 'Finding Home'

San Francisco author Sally Ooms has written a good book, "Finding Home:…

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Postcard aficionados putting stamp on Vintage Paper Fair

Not everyone can afford to collect fancy fine art from big galleries…

courtesy photoPhotograph postcards

Series highlights science for average Joe and Jane

Conservationist, activist and acclaimed journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal was pleased to assist…

Sound advice for people with chronic illnesses

Richard Cheu calls his book "Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Practical…