In 1936, a reporter named John Steinbeck wrote a series of articles for the San Francisco News about the struggles of California
migrant farmworkers. Three years later, the Salinas native published "The Grapes of Wrath," a novel based in part on those
investigations. The best-selling book sparked literary and political controversy, but went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and
has long been recognized as an American classic. We talk with leading Steinbeck scholars about the book's enduring impact
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.
A handful of things to do for National Poetry Month.
Mark Twain's move to the Bay Area at the beginning of the Civil War sparked a writer's renaissance in San Francisco. Ben Tarnoff's
latest book, "The Bohemians," chronicles this golden age in literature through the adventures of Twain, his friend-turned-adversary
Bret Harte, essayist Charles Warren Stoddard and forgotten poet Ina Coolbrith. Tarnoff joins us to talk about the book.
In response to Joanna Walsh's #readwomenin2014 campaign, choose one of these books by 10 Bay Area authors to read next.