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Richard Kadrey’s New ‘Getaway’

Author reads and discusses his latest novel.

Looking Ahead: Books of Note Coming this Fall

Just as the movie industry does, publishing saves its more stellar and exciting work for the end of the year. This doesn’t make the task of coming up with a top-ten list of upcoming titles an easy one -- but critic Oscar Villalon takes his best shot.

Photocopy This! SF Zine Fest Returns, and it’s Free

Two-day soiree of underground self-publishing.

Comic-Con Artist Turns Adversity Into Asset

Comic-Con is on this weekend. The annual event is a riotous, colorful celebration that fills the streets of San Diego with people dressed as action heroes. Comic-Con began as a modest gathering for comic book aficionados. And while Hollywood has taken center stage, a lot of the attendees are still keen to see comic books and the artists behind them. We profile one artist whose work and personal story have generated a cult following among those in the know.

William Vollmann Tells Ghost Stories

Prolific author William T. Vollmann is based in Sacramento, but he has traveled the globe to write about cross-dressing, violence, the settlement of North America, prostitution and Copernicus, among many other topics. In his new short story collection, Vollmann takes readers to diverse settings including Japan, the Balkans, Italy, South America and Mexico, while delving into themes of mortality, the afterlife and the supernatural.

How Disney Movies Helped An Autistic Child Cope

Journalist Ron Suskind's son Owen appeared to be developing normally until about age three when, he says, the child "started to vanish." He began to lose speech, had trouble sleeping and was crying uncontrollably. He was eventually diagnosed with "regressive autism." In his new book "Life, Animated," Suskind describes how the family was able to reach Owen through the boy's passion for Disney films.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Sid the Science Kid at California Academy of Sciences
KQED Summer Fun Adventures

This summer, KQED is partnering with tons of fun places in the Bay Area offering exciting adventures and special savings when you show your MemberCard.

Summer Arts Guide
San Francisco Opera on KQED

Get your front row seat at one of the leading opera companies in the world! Shot in brilliant HD, the fifth season of San Francisco Opera's acclaimed series brings you four spectacular productions performed by world-class singers.