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Rebecca Solnit

One of San Francisco’s most provocative writers, Rebecca Solnit explores major disaster and discovers people’s capacity to rise to the occasion with creativity and courage.



Kevin Starr and John Rothmann

Former California State Historian Kevin Starr talks to KGO Radio’s John Rothmann about the final volume of his magnum opus on the Golden State.



Francine Prose

A Revealing Look at an Ambitious Young Writer With John Felstiner. We remember Anne Frank’s diary as a heartbreaking look into a private life tragically cut short. But Francine Prose argues that Anne Frank’s book was intended for the public, and if history had been different, would likely have been the first of many in the young author’s career. With the understanding one great writer has for another, Prose deftly parses the artistry and enduring influence of The Diary of a Young Girl. Discover a side of Anne Frank you might not have known: the ambitious writer tirelessly perfecting her craft. John Felstiner is a Stanford professor and author of Can Poetry Save the Earth? and Paul Celan.

David Mamet

David Alan Mamet’s works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity. He received Tony Award nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988). As a screenwriter, he received Oscar nominations for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997).

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He is the author of nineteen books, mostly poetry, and his published work includes critically acclaimed translations. He teaches at Boston University.


Ethan Canin

Canin is an American educator, author, and physician. He pursued both medicine and writing for years, leaving medicine in 1998 to join the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he still teaches and is a co-founder of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Francine Prose

Prose is an American novelist and president of PEN American Center. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, received a Guggenheim fellowship and has sat on the board of judges for the PEN/Newman’s Own Award. Her novel Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Jane Smiley

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres has written eleven novels. An outspoken anti-Bush blogger, Smiley speaks her mind on subjects ranging from horse training to marriage, Barbie, and impulse buying. Her new novel Ten Days in the Hills is about Hollywood and sex.

Jennifer Baumgardner

Thirty-something feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner argues that the women’s movement didn’t necessarily provide her generation with a road map to the equal, fulfilling relationships that they expected. It is the insurgent voices of bisexual women, she says, that are furthering the aims of the feminist dream for a better world.

Martin Amis

The witty and controversial British writer talks about his new novel House of Meetings, the nature of authoritarianism and life with his father, Kingsley Amis.