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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.

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.

Italian Cooking, Arresting Butterflies, and Gutsy Girls

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

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.

Intrigue, Injustice, and Laughs

Taking on billionaires, war criminals, and heritage.

Reading Ambassador Has a Plan for Non-Readers

Does graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang have the chops to get youngsters reading more?

Bullies, Baseball, and Reliance, Ill.

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

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?

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.

The Printing Press Is Hot in Oakland

Nondigital printing finds popularity in Oakland rooted in a Mills College book art program that may fall by the wayside.