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The Book Report: Amy Berkowitz

Mar 28, 2016
Cal Tabuena-Frolli

In The Book Report series, KALW talks to local authors about the books they love. Today we hear about Tyler Vile's Never Coming Home from Amy Berkowitz, a writer living in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Public Library.

In the Berkeley Public Library last year, Board of Trustees Meetings were packed with library users who showed up to defend the library’s books.

CAL TABUENA-FROLLI

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area. Bay Area Book World Breaking News! San Francisco may cut ties with Chevron, and libraries are involved For decades, the San Francisco Public Library has been funded by oil drilling. Perhaps not what libraries are often associated with, but true all the same. But now, there's talk that the city may cut ties with Chevron.

The Book Club of...

CAL TABUENA-FROLLI

Bay Area Book World Breaking News! Coloring books! The world is a complicated place to live in, and the rules and social protocols can get messy and confusing. Maybe that’s why so many adults these days are turning to adult coloring books. They’re like a combination of easy-to-follow guidelines, plus the child-like rebellion that comes from coloring a lion purple or green. Indeed, according to this article from CBS SF Bay Area , adult coloring books are just starting to climb atop adult...

Bay Area Book World Breaking News! Here’s a beautiful tribute to a San Francisco bookstore lover, Steve Brandwein. Brandwein loved to play chess in the Mechanic’s Institute Chess Room by morning, and hang out in Adobe Books by night. He loved Pepsi and canned beef stew. He did not like how Richard Nixon handled the Vietnam War. He was the kind of person you might read about in a book. To celebrate his life, there’s a memorial planned for him at the Mechanics’ Institute on January 24th, plus...

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

The Book Report is a new series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Today we hear about Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim from Katherine Ellison, a writer living in San Anselmo. Click the audio player above to hear about the book. The Book Report is brought to you by KALW and the Litography Project, which is mapping the stories of San Francisco’s literary scene. Find more Litography stories here .

CAL TABUENA-FROLLI

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.



Bay Area Book World Breaking News Last Monday, library patrons and staff helped detain a man believed to be responsible for stabbing another man in the face with a kitchen knife inside a San Francisco Public Library restroom, according to the San Francisco Examiner. When the attack began, Christian Klotz, one of the library’s...

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

Written on the Dock of the Bay is your weekly guide to literary and bookish happenings in the pleasantly literary and bookish Bay Area.

The Book Report is a series where we talk to local authors about the books they love.

Alan Leggitt

When I first started working at The Booksmith , the local independent bookstore a couple blocks from my apartment, it was a lot like what I expected it to be. Book lovers browsed, regulars came in for their daily newspaper, and authors gave intimate readings. So it came as a surprise when one night all the shelves in the back were pushed aside, two hundred or so people filed in, and Baruch Porras-Hernandez welcomed the crowd enthusiastically with: “Are you guys ready for some porn? Let’s dive...

San Francsico Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news: Librarians furious as Berkeley tosses thousands of books // SF Gate “ Librarians, normally a sedate bunch, were more steamed than a romance novel in Berkeley on Wednesday over efforts to cull the city collection without consulting them first. “‘We’re here to stop the irresponsible weeding going on at the Berkeley library,’ said librarian Diane Davenport, standing in front of a cart full of 100 books. She said the number of...

What books should thoughtful people be reading this summer?

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

The Book Report is a series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Writer Kevin Smokler shared his pick - The Fire Next Time , by James Baldwin - with Ninna Gaensler-Debs.

Summer is here – what philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues do you want to read up on? Heidegger's Being and Time may not be the obvious choice to take on vacation, but there are lots of readable, beach-friendly classics and non-classics to add philosophical depth to your summer reading. John and Ken take suggestions from listeners and special guests: Lars Iyer , author of Wittgenstein Jr (A Novel); Berit Brogaard , author of On Romantic Love; and Jane Hirshfield , author of Ten...

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

The Book Report is a new series where we talk to local authors about the books they love. Writer Cara Black shared her pick - The Lover , by Marguerite Duras - with Ninna Gaensler-Debs.

On the April 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about the state of independent booksellers. On Saturday, bookstores from Mendocino to Maine will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, with special events and unique publications created to mark the day. The Bay Area has seen a resurgence in independent bookstores, with some local chains growing, while others have closed down. How is your favorite independent bookstore changing? It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you. Guests: Samantha Schoech,...

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Max Pringle

John Steinbeck, the author of such classics as “the Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” was born to a middle class family in a beautiful, turreted Victorian on Central Avenue in Salinas, California. Guides lead tours around the house, describing the period decor and sharing stories.

Your Call: What are your favorite books of 2014?

Dec 14, 2014

On the December, 15th 2014 edition of Your Call, it’s our year-end book show. The 2014 best book lists are out. What’s on your list? What are you recommending to friends? Or buying for children? We’ll get recommendations and local independent bookstore owners. How often do you browse your local bookstore? Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you. Guests: Sharon Levin, founder of Bay Area children’s Literature List. Sharon blogs at lifeliteraturelaughter.com and...

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99% Invisible : " Duplitecture" The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes but China’s knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing, some employees believe they are working in real Apple stores. And then there are entire knock-off cities. Theory of Everything : " Recent, Relevant, Random" We don't have metrics to measure what happens when we read something that changes our...

What books should thoughtful people be reading this summer?

Jul 31, 2014

What philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues would you like to read up on over the summer? John and Ken discuss one of this year's most talked-about books, Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, with political scientist Shannon Stimson. They also get summer reading suggestions from author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, whose new book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away, and Yale University philosopher Jason Stanley, author of the forthcoming Why...

Your Call: What are you reading this summer?

Jul 17, 2014

Deep Summer Reading on Philosophy Talk

Jun 5, 2014

What philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues would you like to read up on over the summer? John and Ken discuss one of this year's most talked-about books, Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, with political scientist Shannon Stimson. They also get summer reading suggestions from author Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, whose new book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away , and Yale University philosopher Jason Stanley, author of the forthcoming Why...

Lunada: Lit on the full moon

Apr 7, 2014

The Lunada is one of the Bay Area’s only bilingual open mics. Every month, on the full moon, writers, poets, musicians, and artists gather at the Galeria de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District to present their work in Spanish, English, or a mix of the two. “In Latin America there is a history of gathering under the full moon, of families and communities gathering,” says Lunda host and curator Sandra Garcia Rivera. “It stems from that tradition.” It’s a tradition that San Francisco...

Jasmín Lopéz

Stepping inside the Taurus Bookbindery is kind of like stepping back in time. The wide open space is packed full of retro machines from the 1920s that could double as torture devices. There are electric paper cutters with long blades, sizzling hot, rusty knives, and eight-foot-tall cast iron weights. Rolls of cloth and leather line the walls, and their earthy smells mix with odors of oil, paper and hot glue.

Oakland kids find confidence reading to Fido

Jan 21, 2014

At almost any given library, you will find parents and librarians sharing books with children. At Oakland’s Lakeview branch, it isn't the adults who are reading out loud, it’s the kids — and to an audience you might not expect.

A library reaches outside its stacks

Jan 21, 2014
Friends of the Elmhurst Library

If you head southeast from the Lakeview Library, way down to the 80s blocks of International Boulevard, be sure to take a turn at 88th to visit the Elmhurst branch of the Oakland Library. You'll have to look closely—this library is in a small converted house. Elmhurst operates like any other public library: books to check out, computers to use, and a children's program. But it's got a problem: most kids can’t get to it very easily. The Elmhurst branch is trying to fix that.

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