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Head for the Hills

Dave Eggers' newest novel, "Heroes of the Frontier," might make you consider renting an RV.
October 18, 2016

Continuing the Black Panther Party Conversation

Just as comic books saved graphic novelist Alan Clark’s life, "The Black Panther Party for Self Defense" may provide a lifeline to another kid.
October 06, 2016

Story Elements that Echo After You Turn the Final Page

Yaa Gyasi’s latest, "Homegoing," is certain to be on someone’s read-it list. It’s on ours.
September 27, 2016

Chinaka Hodge Filters Life Through Hip-Hop

"Dated Emcees," the Oakland poet and playwright’s new book, expresses her views with a hip-hop perspective on societal phenomenon from rape and race to death and truth.
September 12, 2016

The Fall Arts Guide

The season promises lively choices for art, books, dance, film, music, and theater events.
September 07, 2016

Book Excerpt: American Exceptionalism at Its Worst

The horrors of American torture at Abu Ghraib are revealed.
August 10, 2016

Reconnecting with Griffin and Sabine

The "Griffin & Sabine" collection deserves to be on any art- or story-lovers bookshelf.
August 08, 2016

Read Between the Lines in Joyce Maynard’s New Novel

“Under the Influence” is the latest from the Oakland-based writer.
August 03, 2016

Hip-Hop Poetry, AIDS Education, and Alameda County Fires

A crop of new books explores emotions, an epidemic, and courage.
July 21, 2016

Peggy Orenstein Writes to Empower Girls

The best-selling Berkeley author interviews more than 70 young women, ages 15 to 20, about virginity, oral sex, hooking up, online and traditional porn, sexual assault, LGBT children and acceptance, sex education in schools, and more in her new book Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape.
July 20, 2016