15 ways to get a good read on Litquake

15 ways to get a good read on Litquake

In 1999, Jane Ganahl and Jack Boulware organized a daylong gathering of two dozen authors. That event has grown into one of the nation’s largest…

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Radio Ambulante: Weekly show goes onstage with 'Outsiders’

Radio Ambulante: Weekly show goes onstage with ‘Outsiders’

Having produced more than 60 stories told from 20 countries in its first two-plus years, Radio Ambulante is set to present its fourth live show…

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Forget New York: Reading Oakland founders excited about Bay Area

Forget New York: Reading Oakland founders excited about Bay Area

To hear Timothy Don talk about Oakland, you might suspect he’s running for mayor. “I’ve lived in many different places,” he said recently, by phone:…

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Drop Leaf Press brings out first book, 'Prima Vera’

Drop Leaf Press brings out first book, ‘Prima Vera’

Sitting in a semicircle around Jill Tomasetti’s Inner Richmond apartment, the members of Drop Leaf Press gathered last week to discuss their first book, Tomasetti’s…

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Revived Flor y Canto festival gives Latino, Chicano poets a voice

Revived Flor y Canto festival gives Latino, Chicano poets a voice

In 1973, at the University of Southern California, some of the world’s greatest Latino and Chicano poets converged for the first contemporary Flor y Canto…

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Postcard artist trusts the message will be delivered

Postcard artist trusts the message will be delivered

Born in New Hampshire, Hope Amico took her letterpress skills to Louisiana State University for a degree in printmaking and started Gutwrench Press, an umbrella…

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Beast Crawl keeps growing in Uptown Oakland

Beast Crawl keeps growing in Uptown Oakland

Uptown Oakland was a different place when, in 2012, Beast Crawl put on its first annual daylong literary festival. The free event brought an estimated…

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Studio One Reading Series Benefit: Raising funds to help arts

Studio One Reading Series Benefit: Raising funds to help arts

The belief that art should be public and freely accessible does not preclude the belief that artists should be paid for their work. To that…

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Ben Lerner: 'Future is a fiction that's always up for grabs'

Ben Lerner: ‘Future is a fiction that’s always up for grabs’

Ben Lerner’s second novel, “10:04,” begins with the Hasidic saying that in the world to come, “Everything will be just as it is now, just…

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