Literature

Lythcott-Haims’ ‘Real American’ an evocative memoir

Julie Lythcott-Haims, born in 1967 to a white woman and black man,…

SF (and former SF) humor writers win Erma Bombeck honors

As winners of the first “A Hotel Room of One’s Own” contest,…

‘Unique Eats’ tells stories behind SF dining spots

The main point that food and travel writer Kimberley Lovato makes about…

Charlie Varon serves up comfort food in ‘Storyborscht’

At the outset of his new storytelling session, with dining, Charlie Varon…

‘Ex Libris’ a mesmerizing tour of NY libraries

Since the 1960s, Frederick Wiseman has been taking his camera into the…

Terry Jastrow novel imagines Bush facing war crimes trial

Terry Jastrow, an Emmy Award winning producer (“ABC’s Wide World of Sports,”…

Zodiac Killer spurs thriller writer Meg Gardiner

For her 13th book, Edgar Award-winner Meg Gardiner decided to take on…

Holistic practitioner’s book touts animal human health connection

Marin-based wellness coach Carlyn Montes De Oca invites folks to take a…

SF poet erica lewis takes cue from Stevie Wonder songs

San Francisco poet erica lewis isn’t promoting her new collection “mary wants…

John Oates has a melody for a memory

John Oates purposely left out the stuff about sex and affairs and…

Daniel Clowes adapts personal ‘Wilson’ for the big screen

The new movie “Wilson” feels effortless, but it could have been an…

Judy Juanita details ‘DeFacto Feminism’ in ‘Essays Straight Outta Oakland’

East Bay writer, teacher, poet, playwright, historian and standup comedian Judy Juanita…

Ruth Whippman speaks on ‘America the Anxious’

Ruth Whipmann, a London filmmaker and writer now living in California, wrote…

Litquake author reveals SF legacy of martial arts master Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was known for Hong Kong moves and Hollywood glamour, but…

Laura Albert heals, reflects on JT LeRoy legacy

In late 2005, when San Francisco’s Laura Albert was outed by New…

Do-it-yourself publishers convene at 15th SF Zine Fest

Punk might be dead, but the do-it-yourself publishing scene isn’t. That’s what…

‘Heroine Complex’ has action, fashion, and an Asian-American lead

“It has a little bit of ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’” says writer…

Terry McMillan finds courage in making changes

Best-selling author Terry McMillan explains how she has built a career on…

Diverse winners honored at 85th Cal Book Awards

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jill Leovy have joined the ranks of John…

Oakland’s very own literary festival is a labor of love for The Town

What makes Oakland special? If you ask Timothy Don, it’s a “kind…