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Map Charts American Literature Road Trips, from ‘On the Road’ to ‘Wild’

I've always wanted to take a road trip across America. Due to a long history of getting pulled over for dumb stuff and a general fear of driving, it's never happened. So I've lived vicariously through books, hitching a ride with Jack Kerouac or piggy backing along with Cheryl Strayed ...read more

It All Started With a 'Howl': City Lights Publishers Celebrates 60 Years

Back in the 1950s, a thin book of poetry sparked a police raid of a San Francisco bookstore and a landmark court trial over selling "obscene" material. That book, "Howl & Other Poems" by Allen Ginsberg, put City Lights Publishers and its owner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, on the literary map. This year, City Lights Publishers celebrates its 60th anniversary. We look back on its storied history and on its current place in the publishing world.

Nabokov's Love Affair With America

In 1940, Vladimir Nabokov fled the Nazis and landed in America, where he would go on to write three novels. The author of "Lolita" fell in love with the United States as he and his family road tripped across the country. In his new book "Nabokov in America," Berkeley author Robert Roper looks at the Russian writer's fascination with the U.S. and its influence on his work.

It All Started With a 'Howl': City Lights Publishers Celebrates 60 Years

Nabokov's Love Affair With America

In 1940, Vladimir Nabokov fled the Nazis and landed in America, where he would go on to write three novels. The author of "Lolita" fell in love with the United States as he and his family road tripped across the country. In his new book "Nabokov in America," Berkeley author ...read more

Fresno's Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

A native son from California's great Central Valley will be the next U.S. Poet Laureate. That announcement came this week from the Library of Congress. He's Juan Felipe Herrera. If the name sounds familiar, it's because he was also California's Poet Laureate from 2012 until last year. Herrera taught poetry at Fresno State for many years. He recently retired as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at University California, Riverside. Juan Felipe Herrera joins us from our bureau in Fresno where he lives.

 

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