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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In response to Joanna Walsh's #readwomenin2014 campaign, choose one of these books by 10 Bay Area authors to read next.