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Joanne Kyger, trailblazing Beat poet, dies at 82

Joanne Kyger, a leading poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the male-dominated Beat generation, has died. Ms. Kyger died Wednesday at her home in Bolinas, in hospice care, said her husband, [Read entire story]

Writers condemn Trump’s proposed elimination of NEA

[...] many reacted strongly to President Trump’s proposal this week to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities — two endowments that have long supported writers and [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Deepak Unnikrishnan

Many have marveled at the gleaming skylines of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, forgetting that the people who build its towers are severely underpaid foreigners who are treated like wretches. Winner of [Read entire story]

Rick Bass wins Story Prize

Rick Bass, the Montana writer whose fiction and nonfiction take their inspiration from the natural world, has won the Story Prize. “He is equally adept at describing the beauty of the natural world as he is its [Read entire story]

National Book Award judges are announced

The National Book Foundation has announced its judges for the 2017 National Book Awards. The diverse group includes novelist Alexander Chee, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo, Texas bookseller Steve Bercu and [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: A dystopian world where high tech is banned

LaRon, a Bay Area recording artist who goes by the name L*Roneous, will introduce his prologue to the book at a release party at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore in downtown Oakland. “Zone In,” as the zine is known, features [Read entire story]

Writers and artists sign letter condemning Trump’s immigration ban

Writers and artists sign letter condemning Trump’s immigration ban Dozens of prominent authors and artists have signed an open letter to Donald Trump condemning his executive order banning immigrants from seven [Read entire story]

Amazon to open bookstore in Bay Area

The online giant that got its start in books — and has in the past two years opened three brick-and-mortar stores on the West Coast — is opening a store in Walnut Creek. The store will be at Broadway Plaza, an [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: ‘True South’

The new president might feel differently were he to watch “Eyes on the Prize,” the magnificent television series about the civil rights movement that documents Lewis’ critical role in the struggle. Henry Hampton [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Poets & Writers Live

Poets & Writers Inc., the nonprofit literary organization (and magazine of the same name), has long published interviews with all sorts of creative writers. Agents and publishers (including Steve Wasserman of [Read entire story]

David Meltzer, SF Beat generation poet and musician, dies

David Meltzer, the prolific poet and musician who merged his two passions, creating work that goes back to the Beat generation and San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s and ’60s, has died. Fellow Bay Area Beat poet [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Cleve Jones

In “When We Rise” (Hachette; $27), Jones recounts his youthful involvement in the gay liberation movement, his co-founding of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983, and his conception of the Names Project AIDS [Read entire story]

Among Oakland fire victims, deep ties to literary community

Of the many young, creative people who died in the Oakland warehouse fire, several had deep ties to the Bay Area literary community. Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, of Berkeley, worked as an administrative assistant at [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Bernie Sanders

The presidential primaries are a thing of the past, but Bernie Sanders is suddenly back on the road. The former Democratic candidate is now touring the country with a new book, “Our Revolution,” that examines his [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Black Friday at bookstores

Yes, you could always spend the day after Thanksgiving in line at a big-box store, waiting to buy the latest electronic gadget that might well be worthless by the end of the Trump administration. Or you could choose to [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Black Friday at bookstores

Yes, you could always spend the day after Thanksgiving in line at a big-box store, waiting to buy the latest electronic gadget that might well be worthless by the end of the Trump administration. Or you could choose to [Read entire story]

John Lewis, Colson Whitehead among National Book Award winners

Colson Whitehead has won the National Book Award for fiction for his best-selling novel “The Underground Railroad.” A fantastical reimagining of the 19th century network of slaves, the book centers on one young [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: David Thomson

Innumerable theories have been floated over the past week as to why Donald Trump won the presidential election. Here’s one explanation that cannot be discounted: He may be ridiculous and irresponsible, but he is not a [Read entire story]

Snowden to make video appearance with Ellsberg

The National Security Agency whistleblower will be in conversation with Daniel Ellsberg — an earlier generation’s whistleblower — via live-stream video to be broadcast at City Arts & Lectures. Scott Shafer, senior [Read entire story]

Authors react to Trump’s victory

Authors across the United States have wasted no time in sharing their views about the stunning election of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president. Like millions of their fellow citizens, countless writers are [Read entire story]