Current Selections

The Distance Between Us

Grande puts a human face on the fraught issue of immigration in her acclaimed memoir. At age nine, Grande leaves …

Devil in a Blue Dress

Mosley’s celebrated 1990 novel introduces readers to Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a World War II veteran who turns to detective work …

Past Selections

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

How the gold rush hasn’t been the subject of better novels is a question worth putting to West Coast literature. …


Marissa López on Her Favorite California Books

The California Book Club Kicks Off with C Pam Zhang

A California Novel Written Far from Here


Frequency: Monthly on the third Thursday at 5 p.m. Pacific time

Format: John Freeman will lead lively one-hour discussions each month with writers whose books are as richly varied as the state itself. Club members will have the opportunity to hear authors read from their works and to ask questions of them and featured guests. Produced by Alta for streaming on 

Host: John Freeman
California native Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s (a literary annual of new writing), executive editor of Literary Hub, former editor of Granta, and the author of numerous books and collections.

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