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Literature | Apr 13, 2014

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. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras   

Literature | Apr 06, 2014

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month

A handful of things to do for National Poetry Month. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras   

Literature | Mar 26, 2014

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. By Rick Kleffel   

Literature | Feb 15, 2014

Ménage à Trois: Three Erotic Books and the Best Places to Read Them

The birds and bees are back at it, so why not you? Check out this selection of racy tomes with suggestions on romantic local spots in which to read them. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras   

Event | Jan 16, 2014

Sexism at Its Worst? The History of Jazz Is Full of It

New documentary chronicles the struggles women faced to play the instruments they loved. By Jonathan Curiel   

Book Review | Jan 13, 2014

Gary Shteyngart's Immigrant Humor

Award-winning and best-selling comic novelist Gary Shteyngart explores the often cruel humor in the American immigrant experience. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras   

Literature | Jan 12, 2014

Loving Morrissey The Way We Used To, Despite Lacerating 'Autobiography'

There's plenty of cruelty in the British songwriter's book, but he's unreservedly bighearted toward his favorite films, actors, TV shows and music, and he rhapsodizes over one LGBT icon after the other. By Barry Walters   

Literature | Jan 11, 2014

As Zamata Joins 'SNL,' A Look At -- And Beyond -- The Prism Of Race

Saturday Night Live recently announced that they were hiring Sasheer Zamata, the first black woman to join the cast in six years. Author Danielle Evans recommends a book that can give readers an idea of how Zamata might feel: Get Down, a short story collection by Asali Solomon. By Danielle Evans   

Literature | Dec 18, 2013

From Splurge to Stocking Stuffers: A Gift Guide for the Bookish

Six gifts book lovers are sure to adore. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras   

Literature | Dec 10, 2013

Best Books of 2013: Our Top Ten Literary Mind Melds

The ten best mind bending reads of the year. By Rick Kleffel   

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