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3 New Books on Our Must-Read List

Haruki Murakami is one of the most cultishly beloved authors in the States— despite the fact that all of his work is translated from Japanese. His "latest," Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, is about an engineer cut off from a group of beloved friends. It's been out in Japan for over a year, and now makes its debut Stateside.

3 New Books on Our Must-Read List

Even if you don't follow the literary world, you may have heard of Edan Lepucki, the first-time novelist who was suddenly rocketed to fame by Stephen Colbert's televised screed against Amazon's game-playing with their mutual publisher, Hachette Book Group.

Three Books On Our Must-Read List

What would you do if you couldn't look in a mirror for an entire year? Kjerstin Gruys did exactly that, covering every pane of glass in her house, avoiding windows, and learning to put on makeup sans mirror in order to reform her troubled relationship with her body.

Song of the Shank, Redeeming the Dream, and More on Our Must-Read List

Talk to the animals.

In dealing with a difficult dog that suffered extreme separation anxiety, local writer Laurel Braitman became intrigued by the idea that animals can suffer from mental illness every bit as varied and complex as ours.

Letters to Salinger, LGBT Novels, and More of What We're Reading Right Now

Any teenager who feels connected to The Catcher in the Rye (which is a lot) can certainly identify with the impulse to write a letter to its author, J.D. Salinger. But anyone who's studied Salinger knows that he was famously reclusive, in his correspondence as well as his life.

What We're Reading Now: Hitchhiking John Waters, McSweeney's Latin America Issue

If I was to drive by John Waters with his thumb out, you can bet I'd be pulling over the car. And indeed, the film director, "Pope of Trash," and sometime SF resident was able to convince an assortment of Americans to do just that, as he embarked on a nationwide hitchhiking journey to our shores from his native Baltimore.

What We're Reading Now: Food Blogs, Twitter Bots, and "The Noble Hustle"

I swoon for Colson Whitehead's sentences the way screaming tweens fall for Bieber ballads, so I was thrilled to see that he was adapting his fantastic 2011 piece for Grantland about playing in the World Series of Poker into a full book, The Noble Hustle.

Daniel Handler, Rebecca Solnit, Paul Madonna Grace ZYZZYVA's 100th Issue + Read an Excerpt

Since 1985, San Francisco-based literary journal ZYZZYVA has been promoting the best and brightest of West Coast writers and artists, publishing the work of everyone from Haruki Murakami to Sherman Alexie to Raymond Carver. The journal just issued their 100th edition, and the path to that achievement hasn't always been easy.

Discover Mark Twain's Bohemian Roots in SF and More Literary Events

Every other week, we bring you our top picks for the four most intriguing literary events in the Bay Area. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise mentioned. 

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

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