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Peggy Orenstein Writes to Empower Girls

The best-selling Berkeley author interviews more than 70 young women, ages 15 to 20, about virginity, oral sex, hooking up, online and traditional porn, sexual assault, LGBT children and acceptance, sex education in schools, and more in her new book Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape.

Welcome to Night Vale, Fox Theater, Podcast

The popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale comes to the Fox as a live stage show.

Maisie Dobbs Goes to Munich

Journey to Munich, the 12th installment in Bay Area author Jacqueline Winspear’s best-selling Maisie Dobbs series, proves Winspear particularly adroit on the high wire.

Urban Wonders, Herbal Teas, and Birds

A writer explores urban nature, an herbalist shares tea remedies, and a guide highlights Golden Gate Park birds.

Mary Roach’s New Book Grunt Takes on the Science of War

The Oakland-based science writer braids the strands of silly, serious, and stupefying together to her readers’ immense satisfaction. Her new book, Grunt explores the science of humans at war.

Lea Kirk Debuts a New Novel

An Alameda author uses her imagination to create a post- apocalyptic, sci-fi romance with paranormal elements involving blue aliens, green aliens, and Earthlings.

A Bigger, Better Bay Area Book Festival

This year’s gathering for bibliophiles brings 300 authors, dozens of poets, erotic literature, films, and children’s programming to Berkeley on June 4-5.

Italian Cooking, Arresting Butterflies, and Gutsy Girls

Whimsical illustrations, close-up photos, and inspiring stories enliven print.

Greek Heritage Is Front and Center in Apollo Papafrangou’s New Book

The Oakland native lets his Greekness shine through his newest book, Wings of Wax, that examines a father-son relationship.

Intrigue, Injustice, and Laughs

Taking on billionaires, war criminals, and heritage.