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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.

A New Wine Bible

Napa’s Karen McNeil releases a second edition to her massive resource guide to everything wine.

Juan Alvarado Valdivia Takes on Mr. Hodgkins

An Oakland writer of memoir, screenplays, and short stories won't let cancer get in his way.

Words on Wheels Distributes Books by Bikes

Library outreach in Alameda hits the road by trike with a stylish new bikemobile crisscrossing the Island.

How David Brower Crafted Environmentalism

Berkeley author and historian Tom Turner examines David Brower’s diaries, papers, and books and interviews a slew of friends and enemies in his new biography about the environmental iconoclast.