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Mary Roach’s New Book Grunt Takes on the Science of War

The Oakland-based science writer braids the strands of silly, serious, and stupefying together to her readers’ immense satisfaction. Her new book, Grunt explores the science of humans at war.
June 15, 2016

Lea Kirk Debuts a New Novel

An Alameda author uses her imagination to create a post- apocalyptic, sci-fi romance with paranormal elements involving blue aliens, green aliens, and Earthlings.
June 10, 2016

A Bigger, Better Bay Area Book Festival

This year’s gathering for bibliophiles brings 300 authors, dozens of poets, erotic literature, films, and children’s programming to Berkeley on June 4-5.
May 30, 2016

Italian Cooking, Arresting Butterflies, and Gutsy Girls

Whimsical illustrations, close-up photos, and inspiring stories enliven print.
May 26, 2016

Greek Heritage Is Front and Center in Apollo Papafrangou’s New Book

The Oakland native lets his Greekness shine through his newest book, Wings of Wax, that examines a father-son relationship.
May 09, 2016

Intrigue, Injustice, and Laughs

Taking on billionaires, war criminals, and heritage.
April 28, 2016

Reading Ambassador Has a Plan for Non-Readers

Does graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang have the chops to get youngsters reading more?
April 19, 2016

Bullies, Baseball, and Reliance, Ill.

Three books look back on the East Bay Rats, the Oakland A’s, and 1870s frontier life.
March 14, 2016

Books Inspire the Cocktails of Nick Petrulakis

Bookseller Nick Petrulakis has a bit of a side gig going. He likes cocktails, he likes books, and what could be a more natural pairing?
February 02, 2016

Zen Inspiration Rescues Memoirist Wanda Hennig

Binge eating and sensual pleasures, apocalypse and government spies, a way of life and taking chances are the prevalent themes of this month’s books.
January 20, 2016