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If Hamlet Had an iPhone: Talking With Mallory Ortberg About ‘Texts From Jane Eyre’

The co-founder and editor of The Toast discusses her very funny new book, Texts from Jane Eyre, which imagines smartphones in the impulsive hands of classic literary characters.

Howard Zinn Bookfair Celebrates Radical Culture Amidst Displacement

The one-day Howard Zinn Bookfair takes over Mission High School to celebrate radical writers and activists and give voice to the dissident cultural life of the Bay Area.

140 Characters or Less: Aliteracy & Silicon Valley Youth

Dr. Mary Warner, an English professor at San Jose State University who specializes in young adult literature and literacy, shares ways to address aliteracy -- I can read, but I won’t read -- in Silicon Valley youth.

Colm Toibin's 'Nora Webster': A Powerful Portrait of Grief

Celebrated Irish writer Colm Toibin joins Forum to talk about his new novel, "Nora Webster," a story about a woman who loses her husband in 1960s Ireland. The Guardian calls the book "a rare and tremendous achievement." We'll also ask Toibin about American Conservatory Theater's staging of his controversial play "Testament." Catholic groups are calling the play blasphemous for its portrayal of the Virgin Mary and are demanding the show be canceled.

Novelist Jane Smiley Explores a Century of Family and Farmland

In 1992, Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "A Thousand Acres," the troubled story of an Iowa farmer and his three daughters fighting over his land. Smiley's new book "Some Luck" returns to the Iowa farmlands to trace the lives of the Langdon family from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the Communist hysteria of the '50s. The novel is the first in a trilogy that will examine American family life through the year 2020.

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.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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American Indian Heritage Month

KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating American Indian Heritage Month in November. KQED Public TV 9 schedules a special lineup of programs, which are highlighted in a guide along with listings of community resources and local events.

Thanksgiving Recipes
Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu

Bay Area Bites shares a Thanksgiving Menu with creative yet traditional recipes along with related posts to cooking guides, advice, and safety tips to have a delicious and stress-free holiday meal.