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The Browns of California

In "The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty that Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation," journalist Miriam Pawel tells the story of this extraordinary family, which saw both Pat Brown and Jerry Brown as influential governors. She is joined…
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The Power of History: Turning Groundbreaking Scholarship into Page-Turning Prose

Is best-selling history bad history? Does good history have to be dull reading? Four award-winning historians and biographers talk about the big questions of American history and reveal how they explore them through captivating narratives that…
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The Art of Memoir: A Story That Must Be Heard

Memoir writers have the especially challenging task of confronting their own past and creating themselves as a character. The subject must be core to the writer’s own identity and moral agenda to drive this kind of ruthless introspection and…
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Murder and Survival: The Remarkable Story of Indian Rebirth in the Wake of Genocide

The attempted extermination of the indigenous peoples of the United States is a vital history too little known in its bloody details. Two eminent historians, Peter Cozzens and Benjamin Madley, describe how the Indian Wars were carried out in…
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State of Resistance: What California's Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America's Future

The Golden State has not always been the bastion of liberalism it is viewed as today. Not even three decades ago, there were riots in the streets of Los Angeles, while racist policing, anti-immigration sentiment, and unfavorable tax policies…
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Race and Racism in America

Three authors of different backgrounds come together to explore race and the deep origins and expressions of racism. Edward Ayers, an eminent historian and President Emeritus of the University of Richmond in Virginia, has written for decades…
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Loaded: Guns in America

Earlier this year, following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, two cries rang out. From one side, the call for immediate implementation of stricter gun regulations. From the other, the call for more guns on campuses…
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Gary Snyder & Kim Stanley Robinson: Mt. Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, and Naming What Can't Be Named

Legendary Zen poet (and Pulitzer Prize winner) Gary Snyder and his friend Kim Stanley Robinson, the renowned science fiction writer and environmentalist, had an adventure up their sleeve. They were going to hike up an unnamed peak in the Sierras…
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The Poet’s Calling: The Life & Works of Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda was many things during his life: a Nobel Laureate, a diplomat, and a fugitive, but always at heart, a poet. This panel of translators has collectively devoted decades to examining and sharing the late poet's work. Mark Eisner's…
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Betty Reid Soskin: Sign My Name to Freedom

The Bay Area Book Festival salutes Independent Bookstore Day with this special event at Pegasus Books Downtown. Activist and author Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest park ranger in America (still working for the parks), will give a highly personal…