Book Review | May 20, 2013
The activist and playwright takes readers on a journey to near-death and back, following her work in the Congo and her own battle with cancer in her poetic memoir In the Body of the World. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Book Review | May 05, 2013
A story of one woman's obsession with her cat's whereabouts, beautifully illustrated by real-life partner Wendy MacNaughton. By Kristin Farr
Book Review | Apr 22, 2013
A new memoir by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is an urgent, moving, and insightful break-up with the city of San Francisco. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
The Writers' Block | Mar 18, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. Jennifer Egan reads from her 2011 Pultizer Prize winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. By Jennifer Egan
The Writers' Block | Mar 04, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. The one and only David Sedaris reads "Author, Author?," a story about the joys of book tours, giant boxes of condoms, and Costco. By David Sedaris
The Writers' Block | Feb 18, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. Patti Smith takes us on a trip to '60s New York with a reading from Just Kids! By Patti Smith
Literature | Feb 14, 2013
Shoppers and booksellers share the books that have shaped their romantic lives. Share your photos and stories by emailing email@example.com! By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Book Review | Feb 12, 2013
Thomas Christensen's book covering a single year in history is beautiful to look at, pleasant to read, and filled with tantalizing details about The World in Motion. By Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Book Review | Feb 11, 2013
Notable art books for your bedside table or coffee table include a survey of Banksy's career, photographs of balletic bullfighting, life lessons from Ai Weiwei, and a collection of testaments to the lasting influence of Andy Warhol. By Kristin Farr
The Writers' Block | Feb 05, 2013
The Writers' Block is evolving into something new! But, before we get to where we're going, let's take a look back at where we've been. In light of Baltimore's Super Bowl win, it makes sense to kick things off with John Waters! By John Waters
In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.
In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.
We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon's "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford."
Also on KQED.org this week ...
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).
"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.