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The Bay Curious Book

Explore the Bay Area’s unique legends, interesting landmarks and rich history with Bay Curious

Based on the award-winning KQED podcast of the same name, Bay Curious brings a fresh eye to some of its most popular pieces and covers new stories unique to this book.

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About the Book

With subjects ranging from Marin’s redwood forests to the Winchester Mystery House, from the Black Panther Party’s school program to the invention of the Mai Tai, Bay Curious gives you the entertaining and informative, weird and wonderful true stories of the San Francisco Bay Area.


Bay Curious takes a unique approach to exploring the Bay Area through its lesser known but just as fascinating stories, taking readers on a reportorial rather than literal tour.


With 49 entries—inspired by the famous 49-Mile Drive—Bay Curious includes a combination of updated popular episodes from the podcast and brand-new, never-before-heard stories researched for the book, plus fun illustrations and irresistible trivia sidebars.


For anyone living in San Francisco or visiting with a goal of getting beyond the beaten tourist path, this volume holds a treasure trove of inspiration for an armchair adventure or self-guided tour.


Perfect for Bay Area locals and new arrivals, fans of the KQED Podcast, history buffs, and anyone who enjoys unexpected, quirky true stories.

Join the Book Tour

Meet Bay Curious host Olivia Allen-Price and hear some lesser-known stories about the Bay Area.

If you can’t make the tour, signed copies of the book are available from Green Apple Books.

KQED Fest Block Party
April 29, 11:00 a.m.
San Francisco, California

Bay Curious Book Launch Celebration
May 2, 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco, California

Bay Area Book Festival
May 7, 2:00 p.m.
Berkeley, California

Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore
With Alexis Madrigal
May 10, 7:00 p.m.
Berkeley, California

Camron-Stanford House with East Bay Yesterday
May 18, 6:30 p.m.
Oakland, California

Bookshop West Portal
June 1, 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco, California

Napa Bookmine
With Mina Kim
June 4, 3:00 p.m.
Napa, California

Berkeley Public Library North Branch
June 10, 2 p.m.
Berkeley, California

Black Bird Bookstore + Cafe
August 24, 7 p.m.
San Francisco, California

Listen to the Podcast

Can’t wait until the book arrives? Listen to past episodes from the podcast. We’re available on all popular podcast services, the KQED mobile app, and baycurious.org.

Writers and Contributors

The book includes contributions from Olivia Allen-Price, Christopher J. Beale, Dan Brekke, Jon Brooks, Sarah Craig, Sandhya Dirks, Adizah Eghan, Asal Ehsanipour, Maggie Galloway, Sasha Khokha, Ryan Levi, Marisol Medina-Cadena, Rachael Myrow, Liam O’Donoghue, Kelly O’Mara, Jessica Placzek, Daniel Potter, Suzie Racho, Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Katrina Schwartz, Julia Scott, Carly Severn, Kevin Stark, Bianca Taylor, Vinnee Tong, and Chloe Veltman.

About KQED

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source, leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.