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Frank Portman Revisits the Torture of High School With ‘King Dork Approximately’

Frank Portman talks about his new novel 'King Dork Approximately,' his personal recollections of high school, and the resurrection of his East Bay punk band, the Mr. T Experience.

Radio Show: Nerd, Dork, Diamond, Legend. And Burt Bacharach.

Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for great events around the Bay Area this week.

The Marvelous, Complex World of Rebecca Solnit’s ‘The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness’

A review of Rebecca Solnit's newest collection of essays, 'The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness,' in advance of her appearance at City Lights.

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.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Thanksgiving Recipes
Bay Area Bites Holiday Menus

Bay Area Bites shares holiday menus 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.

National Christmas Tree Lighting
KQED Celebrates the Holidays

Find holiday-related KQED television and radio programming, Bay Area events, recipes, and other Web-exclusive goodies.