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13 Bay Area Authors to Watch and Read in 2016

The Bay Area is a longtime literary mecca, with famous wordsmiths, from Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Diane di Prima to Amy Tan and Michael Chabon, calling this swath of the West Coast home. Perhaps there's something in the water, or maybe it’s our unique cultural climate. Whatever the case, the Bay Area brims with must-read talents. Here are our picks for the local authors to watch this year. 

Are Men More Prone To Addiction Than Women?

Addiction to drugs or alcohol can strike anyone for any number of reasons quite personalized to the individual. However, a study conducted by the Journal of Abnormal Psychology suggests that men are far more susceptible to drug and alcohol addiction than women, particularly in response to a mental illness.

Ready, Set, Run: 4 Excellent Long-Distance Running Routes in the East Bay

Mixed martial artist Conon McGregor famously said, “Movement is the best form of medication. Any time you move, it makes your brain sharper. It makes your mind sharper.” Sharpen your mind and body with these fabulous East Bay runs.

Hike to an East Bay Hidden Gem, Port Costa

Never heard of Port Costa— the tiny, hidden gem in the northern reaches of Contra Costa County? While seemingly off the beaten path, this gorgeous hike is surprisingly accessible.

City Staycation: A Glamorous Night Downtown

When I was offered the chance to stay at the W Hotel for a night, I was thrilled (who doesn't love a night downtown?) but also a touch apprehensive (rumors swirl of it still being stuck in the late '90s). Much to the relief of my inner spoiled brat, the W is still the place to stay if you want to party, play, and—if you must—sleep. 

A Retro Wedding Brings a Ray of Sunshine to San Francisco City Hall

This San Francisco City Hall wedding was all about retro fun—from the feet up.

The 5 Best Tacos In the Mission

You already know that tacos are your favorite food in the whole world, but did you know that tacos derive their name from explosives used by silver miners in Mexico in the late 1800s?

Experience Strandbeests, the Wind-Powered Walking Sculptures on View at the Exploratorium

Dutch artist and physicist Theo Jansen will be showcasing his wind-powered creations dubbed Strandbeests (or "beach animals" in Dutch) at the Exploratorium next week. These giant skeleton-like creatures are made out of PVC tubing and other hardware store materials, and are able to walk on their own— it's pretty amazing to behold. 

New Last-Minute Booking App, Overnight, Is Like Airbnb For Procrastinators

Picture this: It's Memorial Day weekend and you decide to spontaneously jump in the car and drive to Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Austin (wherever). The problem? You don't exactly have anywhere to crash, and you don't want to put down a couple hundred dollars for a night at the Ace. What's a traveler to do? A new LA-based startup, Overnight, can pair you with a local to stay with in less than a minute. 

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