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Jesmyn Ward, Masha Gessen among National Book Award winners

Jesmyn Ward has won the National Book Award for fiction for her novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.” Told from multiple perspectives in a fierce, unadorned style, the book centers on a family’s road trip [Read entire story]

Jane Juska, author who chronicled search for sex late in life, dies at 84

Jane Juska, an author who chronicled her search for sex in a funny and frank best-selling memoir, “A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance,” has died. Ms. Juska died Oct. 24 [Read entire story]

Diesel bookstore collecting children’s books for wildfire victims

When a family loses everything it owns in a fire, there is little that can bring it solace. For children, however, books offer some comfort. They have the power to transport kids to another world, [Read entire story]

Lit Camp looking for new home after wildfires destroy Mayacamas Ranch

Every spring for the past five years, writers gathered in the hills above Calistoga for four days. A typical day at the Lit Camp writers’ conference might include sharing meals with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, [Read entire story]

Wildfires spare historic buildings in Jack London State Park

The wildfires that have ripped through much of Napa and Sonoma counties have spared the historic buildings in Jack London State Historic Park. “We have been very fortunate,” Tjiska Van Wyk, the [Read entire story]

Bookstores offer refuge from Wine Country wildfires

Bookstores have stepped in to help those affected by the deadly Wine Country wildfires that have destroyed more than 1,500 structures, forced thousands from their homes and left many others without power. [Read entire story]

Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in literature

The popular English author Kazuo Ishiguro, best known for his 1989 novel “The Remains of the Day,” has won the Nobel Prize in literature. Winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, “The Remains of [Read entire story]

Bay Area’s newest bookstore, Books on B, opens in Hayward

When The Book Shop closed its doors for good in February, after 56 years in business, Hayward suddenly found itself without a bookstore. Today, there’s good news for the diverse East Bay city of [Read entire story]

Weekend booking: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is well familiar with Berkeley, having graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law. This week, the New Orleans native, who now lives in Oakland, will be back in Berkeley not as a student, but as a [Read entire story]

San Francisco’s Aardvark Books to close

Aardvark Books, an independent San Francisco store that has been in business for nearly four decades, will close in the new year. Michael Jacomella, the store’s clerk, said that the store’s owner is [Read entire story]

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]