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Six Novelists Withdraw from Event Honoring ‘Charlie Hebdo’

Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

Fighting the Laughter Drought: Humor Where You Least Expect To Find It

Can a book on meditation really be funny? Are there laughs to be had in a political memoir? You'd be surprised -- and surprise can be the best sort of humor in books.

How Amber Tamblyn Survived Creative Death and Lived to Tell the Tale

The actress and author talks with KQED about her new book Dark Sparkler, a collection of poems about deceased actresses, and the crippling circumstances leading up to its publication.

How a Goshawk Helped a Daughter Grieve

British author, poet and naturalist Helen Macdonald's new book is a memoir about her father's unexpected and sudden death. It's also a detailed look at how she learned to overcome her grief by training a goshawk, a bird with a reputation as "murderous, difficult to tame, sulky, fractious and foreign." Macdonald joins us to talk about her acclaimed book, "H is for Hawk."

T.C. Boyle Takes a Hard Look at Violence in America

Bestselling author T.C. Boyle has written 25 books and shows no sign of losing steam. The Los Angeles Times calls his latest, "The Harder They Come," "a full-throated Harley Davidson of a novel." The book begins with Sten Stensen, a Vietnam veteran who is vacationing in Costa Rica and kills an armed robber. When Sten returns home, he finds his unhinged son dating a much older woman and involved with a radical anarchist group. Infused with dark humor, Boyle's novel explores the woods of Northern California and the shadowy parts of the American psyche.

 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

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Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack

The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).

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"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.