Literature

San Francisco poet erica lewis’ new collection “mary wants to be a superwoman” is the second in a trilogy. (Courtesy erica lewis)

SF poet erica lewis takes cue from Stevie Wonder songs

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

San Francisco poet erica lewis’ new collection “mary wants to be a superwoman” is the second in a trilogy. (Courtesy erica lewis)
In his soulful and fun memoir, John Oates details his personal evolution and his ongoing focus on continuing a career in music. (Courtesy Matt Christine Photography)

John Oates has a melody for a memory

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

In his soulful and fun memoir, John Oates details his personal evolution and his ongoing focus on continuing a career in music. (Courtesy Matt Christine Photography)
From left, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Clowes and Craig Johnson work on the set of “Wilson.” (Courtesy Wilson Webb/20th Century Fox)

Daniel Clowes adapts personal ‘Wilson’ for the big screen

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

From left, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Clowes and Craig Johnson work on the set of “Wilson.” (Courtesy Wilson Webb/20th Century Fox)
East Bay poet, writer, teacher and playwright Judy Juanita discusses her new book "DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland" at the San Francisco Public Library at 6 p.m. Jan. 3. (Courtesy photo)

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

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

East Bay poet, writer, teacher and playwright Judy Juanita discusses her new book "DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland" at the San Francisco Public Library at 6 p.m. Jan. 3. (Courtesy photo)
British writer Ruth Whippman has hit upon a hot topic in her book "America the Anxious." (Courtesy photo)

Ruth Whippman speaks on ‘America the Anxious’

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

British writer Ruth Whippman has hit upon a hot topic in her book "America the Anxious." (Courtesy photo)
Bruce Lee, right, is pictured with student Barney Scollan in Oakland, where he found more like-minded martial arts practitioners than he did in San Francisco. (Courtesy Barney Scollan)

Litquake author reveals SF legacy of martial arts master Bruce Lee

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

Bruce Lee, right, is pictured with student Barney Scollan in Oakland, where he found more like-minded martial arts practitioners than he did in San Francisco. (Courtesy Barney Scollan)
Savannah Knoop, left, and Laura Albert appear in “Author: The JT Leroy Story.” (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

Laura Albert heals, reflects on JT LeRoy legacy

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

Savannah Knoop, left, and Laura Albert appear in “Author: The JT Leroy Story.” (Courtesy Magnolia Pictures)
The 15th annual free San Francisco Zine Fest showcases art by more than 150 self-publishers. (Courtesy Liz Acosta)

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…

The 15th annual free San Francisco Zine Fest showcases art by more than 150 self-publishers. (Courtesy Liz Acosta)
Sci-fi fantasy writer Sarah Kuhn set her new novel “Heroine Complex” in The City. (Courtesy CapozKnows Photography)

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

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

Sci-fi fantasy writer Sarah Kuhn set her new novel “Heroine Complex” in The City. (Courtesy CapozKnows Photography)
Terry McMillan appears in the East Bay to promote her new San Francisco-set novel, “I Almost Forgot About You.” (Courtesy Matthew Jordan Smith)

Terry McMillan finds courage in making changes

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

Terry McMillan appears in the East Bay to promote her new San Francisco-set novel, “I Almost Forgot About You.” (Courtesy Matthew Jordan Smith)
Viet Thanh Nguyen adds a California Book Award to his collection of honors for “The Sympathizer.” (Courtesy photo)

Diverse winners honored at 85th Cal Book Awards

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

Viet Thanh Nguyen adds a California Book Award to his collection of honors for “The Sympathizer.” (Courtesy photo)
Organizers say the 2016 Oakland Book Festival at City Hall boasts more panels and programs than last year’s successful inaugural event. (Courtesy Nicole Fraser)

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…

Organizers say the 2016 Oakland Book Festival at City Hall boasts more panels and programs than last year’s successful inaugural event. (Courtesy Nicole Fraser)
Light shines through the celing above the Oculus Bridge at the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on Third Street in San Francisco, during an opening press preview on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The newly expanded SFMOMA will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A peek inside the new SFMOMA

Photos from inside the newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art equipped…

Light shines through the celing above the Oculus Bridge at the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on Third Street in San Francisco, during an opening press preview on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The newly expanded SFMOMA will officially open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Property Brothers (Drew, left, and Jonathan Scott) are coming to the Bay Area to plug their new book. (Courtesy Caitlin Cronenberg)

Property Brothers taking the world by storm

Is there anything that Drew and Jonathan Scott can’t do? Apparently not.…

The Property Brothers (Drew, left, and Jonathan Scott) are coming to the Bay Area to plug their new book. (Courtesy Caitlin Cronenberg)
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Harper Lee, the elusive author whose "To Kill a Mockingbird" became an enduring best seller and classic film with its child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died according to Harper Collins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis. She was 89.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author, has died at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee, the elusive novelist whose child's-eye view…

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo, author Harper Lee smiles during a ceremony honoring the four new members of the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. Harper Lee, the elusive author whose "To Kill a Mockingbird" became an enduring best seller and classic film with its child's-eye view of racial injustice in a small Southern town, has died according to Harper Collins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis. She was 89.  (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

Nuclear medicine expert's mystery novel fuses science and fiction

San Francisco resident Jerold Lowenstein, a professor and nuclear medicine expert, provides…