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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.