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John Waters' Guide to the Hitchhiking Galaxy

If you saw a hitchhiker with a pencil mustache holding a sign that read, "I'm Not Psycho," would you stop and pick him up? What if that hitchhiker turned out to be none other than filmmaker John Waters, of "Cry-Baby" and "Hairspray" fame? Waters thumbed rides all the way from Massachusetts to California, and he documents his adventures in a new book, "Carsick."

Sellers Hope for Big Turnout on First California Bookstore Day

Portland has Powell's. San Francisco has City Lights. Los Angeles has Book Soup. They're indepdendent book stores -- and they're being celebrated Saturday with the very first California Bookstore Day.

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson: Q+A with Maira Kalman

Author and illustrator Maira Kalman latest book, Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything, is a whimsical and hypnotic look into one Founding Father's life and accomplishments.

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month

A handful of things to do for National Poetry Month.

Read Women in 2014: Ten Bay Area Picks

In response to Joanna Walsh's #readwomenin2014 campaign, choose one of these books by 10 Bay Area authors to read next.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

The New Environmentalists: From Chicago to Karoo
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
KQED's Hot Summer Days and Night Guide

Our critics pick for the season's best concerts, books, movies, outdoor plays, visual arts and more.