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2015 Fall Arts Preview

Circle the dates for the East Bay’s most enticing art shows, dance performances, film festivals, lit events, and musical gigs.

Kate Schatz Grabs Headlines with Feminist Childrens’ Book

An Alameda woman publishes City Lights’ first children’s book with a Berkeley illustrator and earns bestseller status.

New East Bay Lit Scene Develops

Budding East Bay writers have new local places to explore to share their latest works.

Tony Brasunas Finds Happiness in China

An Alameda author puts a year of teaching English to ninth-graders and traveling China in perspective.

Daredevil Bomber Jimmy Doolittle Raids Tokyo

This month’s new books offer insight into the Doolittle mission, home gardening and cooking, and the benefits of progressive education.

Erika Mailman Writes a Young Adult Thriller as Lynn Carthage

One of Oakland’s favorite authors has a new novel out on shelves this spring: a young adult thriller-suspense, Something Haunted This Way Comes, with ghosts, a haunted manor, and a strong heroine at its core.

Laurie Wagner Makes Writing Accessible

This Alamedan is a writing teacher, writing coach, author, and artist, but she is best defined by an extraordinary creative spirit.

Follow the Adventures of Immigrants, Steampunks, and Vegans

Three new take on frontier minutiae, urbane fantasy, and vegan cooking.

Books on Veronika Layne, Wilma, and Hugs

A sassy reporter, a wise and funny dog, and an out-there illustrator have a few words for you.

Tracking Pirates, Hiking Muir, and Living Paleo

Travel to India, see the John Muir Trail, and eat like a cavewoman.