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.
Cy Musiker and David Wiegand share their picks for great events around the Bay Area this week.
A review of Rebecca Solnit's newest collection of essays, 'The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness,' in advance of her
appearance at City Lights.
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.