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'The Grapes of Wrath' Turns 75

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 and legacy.

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.

Ben Tarnoff on 'Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature'

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.

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 Celebrates the Earth

April 22 is Earth Day, but KQED is celebrating our planet all month long. Tune in for special programs, attend special events, and find more resources online.

View of a dry Mt. Diablo from Briones Regional Park in the East Bay. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)
Where's the Rain?

KQED covers news about California's drought, offers water-saving tips, and more.