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Weekend booking — Francis Ford Coppola, Sept. 21

Ever curious and ever the maverick, Francis Ford Coppola is now spreading the gospel of something called live cinema. Mixing techniques from theater, TV and film, the medium lets audiences watch performances, shot by [Read entire story]

10 fiction contenders named for National Book Award

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s first novel saw the light of day last month. And just like that, the Oakland resident — a New Orleans native and graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law — is now one of the contenders for [Read entire story]

Litquake comes of age, ready for its 18th year

Litquake has officially grown up. The Bay Area’s oldest literary festival turns 18 this year and, appropriately enough, it’ll take up some weighty issues during its nine-day run, from Oct. 6-14. [Read entire story]

Oakland’s Diesel bookstore becomes East Bay Booksellers

Brad Johnson has been a bookseller at Diesel in Oakland for five years. Now, however, the shop is his — and it has a new name. Friday was the first day of East Bay Booksellers, a rechristened space [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: James Forman Jr.

Crime and Punishment in Black America, believes that Donald Trump, in his words, “ran the most racist presidential campaign since the arch-segregationist George Wallace’s bid in 1968.” Forman, a Yale Law School [Read entire story]

Hillary Clinton book title announced: ‘What Happened’

“What Happened” — without a question mark — is the title of Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, in which she will reveal details of her unprecedented loss last year to Donald Trump. “In the past, for reasons I try [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay has published a novel (“An Untamed State”), essays (“Bad Feminist”) and short stories (“Difficult Women”), but nothing so personal as her new book, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.” Far from a [Read entire story]

Kim Shuck named San Francisco’s new poet laureate

Kim Shuck, a native of San Francisco whose work explores her multiethnic roots, has been named the city’s new poet laureate. A descendant of Poles and Cherokees, Shuck is San Francisco’s seventh poet laureate, [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: ‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’

Grounded in her book title’s four elements, Nosrat’s concepts and recipes are accompanied by scores of playful, eye-opening illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that will keep any reader engrossed, wanting to learning [Read entire story]

Weekend Booking: Oakland Book Festival

The Oakland Book Festival returns for its third year on Sunday, May 21, and the theme for this event — equality and inequality — couldn’t be more timely. Kicking it off will be Danielle Allen, director of the [Read entire story]

T. Geronimo Johnson wins $50,000 Simpson Family Literary Prize

The Berkeley novelist T. Geronimo Johnson has won the Simpson Family Literary Prize, a new award that honors authors in the middle of their careers. The Bay Area-based prize pays out $50,000, a substantial sum for a [Read entire story]

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]