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Bay Area Book Festival Podcast

Jul 28, 2022

Dan Charnas, Adam Mansbach

Discover a hidden genius—a man whom the greatest figures of contemporary pop call a “demigod” of music. J Dilla, who died in 2006 at the age of 32, never had a mainstream pop hit, but he created a new “time-feel” that forever changed the way musicians compose and play, whether...

Jul 21, 2022

Jessica Garrison, Tod Goldberg, Paul Holes, Megan Cassidy

What do crimes, real or fictional, reveal about human nature? Shedding light are legendary cold-case investigator Paul Holes (who helped solve the Golden State Killer case); Los Angeles Times investigative journalist Jessica Garrison (“The Devil’s...

Jul 15, 2022

Charlie Jane Anders, Mike Chen, John Scalzi, Danielle Venton

These brilliant science fiction writers’ latest works find hope among the stars. In John Scalzi’s “The Kaiju Preservation Society,” a delivery driver gets a chance to escape a COVID-decimated New York City—by caring for giant endangered animals on an...

Jul 7, 2022

Carol Edgarian, Vanessa Hua, Jenny Tinghui Zhang, Jasmin Darznik

Chinese immigrants were instrumental in shaping California, despite prejudice and exploitation. The connection between the two places has been fodder for amazing works of art, including the latest novels by authors Jenny Tinghui Zhan (“Four Treasures of...