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Poet Jack Mueller, fixture in San Francisco scene, dies at 74

Jack Mueller, a poet who was a fixture in San Francisco’s North Beach scene of the 1970s and ’80s, died on April 27 in Grand Junction, Colo. The San Francisco poet Neeli Cherkovski, a close friend of Mr. [Read entire story]

Oakland Book Festival to take up equality and inequality

“How do people — writers, artists, mothers, day laborers, teachers, intellectuals — create a lifeworld under the inescapable and often debilitating fact of inequality?” wrote Timothy Don, who co-founded the [Read entire story]

Independent Bookstore Day, a national book party, returns April 29

The SF Bicycle Book Tour, a free, two-hour ride to five stores, is just one of the many events that will take place on Independent Bookstore Day, on April 29. “It’s a great celebration of bookstores, readers, [Read entire story]

Two friends plan to open children’s bookstore in Walnut Creek

Marian Adducci and Shoshana Smith, friends from college, have plans to open a children’s bookstore in Walnut Creek — the East Bay city in which the online giant will soon have a brick-and-mortar store. “Especially [Read entire story]

Bay Area Book Festival to focus on ‘literary activism’

Tapping into Berkeley’s roots as a breeding ground for political engagement, the Bay Area Book Festival this year will center on what it’s calling “literary activism.” Among the 200 authors who will attend the [Read entire story]

Trump recommends a book — full of blank pages

On Amazon, the book is described as “The most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date ... a political treatise sure to stand the test of time,” with an added note that “Lefty [Read entire story]

Trump recommends a book — full of blank pages

On Amazon, the book is described as “The most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date ... a political treatise sure to stand the test of time,” with an added note that “Lefty [Read entire story]

Whitehead wins Pulitzer for Fiction for ‘The Underground Railroad’

Colson Whitehead has won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for “The Underground Railroad,” his much-acclaimed novel that won the National Book Award last year. Named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s top 10 books [Read entire story]

Finalists named for California Book Awards

Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, and Arlie made the shortlist for Strangers in Their Own Land: The Untold Story of 7,000 Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire, Jordan Fisher Smith (“The True Story [Read entire story]

4 finalists named for new $50,000 Simpson Family Literary Prize

A shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Simpson Family Literary Prize, a Bay Area-based award that will pay a writer $50,000 — no small sum among such honors. The prize winner will be named in early May. The [Read entire story]

Believer literary magazine moving from SF to Las Vegas

The arts and culture magazine, whose youthful and idiosyncratic ethos reflects its San Francisco roots, has a new owner. Beset by financial difficulties that have afflicted much of the publishing industry, the magazine [Read entire story]

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]