Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala.
Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."
Can a book on meditation really be funny? Are there laughs to be had in a political memoir? You'd be surprised -- and surprise
can be the best sort of humor in books.
The actress and author talks with KQED about her new book Dark Sparkler, a collection of poems about deceased actresses,
and the crippling circumstances leading up to its publication.
British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death.
It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous,
difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign." Macdonald joins us to talk about her acclaimed book, "H is for Hawk."
Bestselling author T.C. Boyle has written 25 books and shows no sign of losing steam. The Los Angeles Times calls his latest,
"The Harder They Come," "a full-throated Harley Davidson of a novel." The book begins with Sten Stensen, a Vietnam veteran
who is vacationing in Costa Rica and kills an armed robber. When Sten returns home, he finds his unhinged son dating a much
older woman and involved with a radical anarchist group. Infused with dark humor, Boyle's novel explores the woods of Northern
California and the shadowy parts of the American psyche.