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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.

William Vollmann Tells Ghost Stories

Prolific author William T. Vollmann is based in Sacramento, but he has traveled the globe to write about cross-dressing, violence, the settlement of North America, prostitution and Copernicus, among many other topics. In his new short story collection, Vollmann takes readers to diverse settings including Japan, the Balkans, Italy, South America and Mexico, while delving into themes of mortality, the afterlife and the supernatural.

How Disney Movies Helped An Autistic Child Cope

Journalist Ron Suskind's son Owen appeared to be developing normally until about age three when, he says, the child "started to vanish." He began to lose speech, had trouble sleeping and was crying uncontrollably. He was eventually diagnosed with "regressive autism." In his new book "Life, Animated," Suskind describes how the family was able to reach Owen through the boy's passion for Disney films.

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.

 

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