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 firstname.lastname@example.org! 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
Author Interviews : NPR
Iconic journalist Studs Terkel was creating a best-seller, when he interviewed people around the U.S. for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
Back in the days of the space race, "computers" were people — often women — who performed vital calculations. Hidden Figures tells the stories of the women who got some of the first men to space.
Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous "sympathetic" villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.
Michael Krasny's new book is called Let There Be Laughter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about this treasury of great Jewish jokes, and why they matter.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
KQED Coverage of Housing in the Bay Area
KQED reports on the housing crisis in the Bay Area.
Watch Short Films from the 2016 PBS Online Film Festival
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