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The Kill Switch: A Talk With James Rollins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sigma Force series and other novels. Before pursuing a writing career, Jim obtained a degree in veterinary medicine and established a successful veterinary practice in Sacramento, California.

Talking Union

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Lionel Rolfe

Now Bernstein is gone, and the Times apparently has no one left who can or would be allowed to write intelligently about labor. Despite what you might think, Hollywood is not the only economic driver of Los Angeles.

Is This The Most Universally Appealing Novel?

Earle Labor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Earle Labor

How to account for such widespread appeal? Like Mark Twain, Jack wrote for the people--the common readers--not for the literary critics and English professors.

Roots of California Bohemia Lurk in a Hollywood Alley

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

Maybe a block or so away from Paramount Pictures, deep in Hollywood, there's a short alley, La Vista Court, which is a real nexus of California bohemianism. It contains an unusual building with a bas relief of the great, bohemian writer Jack London.

Just Weeks From My 50th Birthday, I've Finally Learned How To Live

Robert Allen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Robert Allen

It is hard to shake the feeling that comes with thinking that you were almost killed. But despite being physically weaker, I have become mentally tougher. Each and every day I make a concerted effort to stay in the moment. I listen more intently to people. I use love to guide me through each day.

Why Do We Like Dystopian Novels?

Dave Astor | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin. Yup, when it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all! Yet many of us love this genre, and there are good reasons we do.

Author! Author! (As Writer and Character)

Dave Astor | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Authors often write what they know, so it's no surprise that many fictional characters are authors themselves.

Movie Review: The Grey

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Grey is gruesome at times, but it's also involving emotionally, as the puny mortals reveal themselves to each other in the face of something as insurmountable as the frigid Alaskan outback.

Oakland General Strike: From Radical Past to Radical Present

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco
Nikolas Kozloff

It is perhaps fitting that it was Oakland, home to radical socialists such as Jack London as well as later black liberation figures like Huey Newton, which pushed the unique weapon of the general strike.

Hottest Authors: 12 We'd Love To Be Haunted By

Posted 12.31.2011 | Books

Ghosts and books go hand-in-hand. Be it William Shakespeare or Stephen King, writers have long been penning poltergeists. While most literary ghosts a...

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

The Great Vaka Visit

Danny Kennedy | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Danny Kennedy

If you go down to Treasure Island in the next few days you may think you have gone through a wormhole into the past and then landed somewhere in the South Pacific.

All-time Authors Sometimes Deliver Duds

Dave Astor | Posted 09.30.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Even great novelists occasionally write a clunker -- sort of a loose cannon in a canon. Often, the literary dud comes at or near the start of an author's career.

The New Henry Miller Speaks Out: Interview With Eric Miles Williamson, Author of 'Welcome to Oakland'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What I tell my students is this: Don't read any living American writers. If you're going to read any American writers at all, only read dead ones. That way you can be sure you're not wasting your time.

Jack London Fans Preparing For Author's 134th Birthday

Oakland Tribune | Annalee Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you are a Jack London fan, you need to meet Carol Brookman. She is the dedicated woman who has been keeping the home fires burning at the landmark ...