Books

  • Author Joan Didion has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Medal of Arts and Humanities by President Obama, and the PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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    EXCERPT

    Joan Didion on the Morning After the Sixties

    - Few are more deeply Californian than Joan Didion. Alta Books Editor David L. Ulin edited this except of The 1960s & 70s, the first in a multi-volume series of her collected works. 
ART & PHOTOS

Art and Photo Book Picks for Fall

Art and activism from California’s Native Americans and a celebration of the state’s iconic redwoods.

Terry Tempest Williams stares down both love and loss in her latest book, Erosion—a collection of essays that are as relentless as they are tender and absolutely unwilling to “look away from all that is breaking our hearts.”
CHERYL HIMMELSTEIN
NONFICTION

Essays on the End of the World As We Know It

In Erosion, Terry Tempest Williams bears unflinching witness to what gets stripped away.

Téa Obreht’s second novel, Inland—which follows her Orange Prize–winning debut, The Tiger’s Wife—offers an epic reinterpretation of the American West and its mythic origin stories.
ILAN HAREL
FICTION

Téa Obreht Unravels the Myth of the West

With her second novel, Inland, Téa Obreht unravels the mythologies of the West.

Richie Silverman, extreme tanner, West Hollywood, California, January 1979. The photograph is from Roger Steffens’s The Family Acid: California, which looks back at the Golden State from 1968 to 2015.
ROGER STEFFENS
ART & PHOTOS

Roger Steffens’s Nonstop Set of Visual Stimulations

The Family Acid: California bears witness to a long, strange trip.

Father’s Day author Matthew Zapruder
B.A. VAN SISE
POETRY

Matthew Zapruder’s Parenthood in Poetry

In his new collection of poems, Father’s Day, Matthew Zapruder explores the complications of parenthood…and everything.

Born in San Francisco, poet Gary Snyder was a member of the legendary Beat school of writers.
KURT LORENZ
NONFICTION

Gary Snyder: Local Hero

Gary Snyder’s Tawny Grammar is short on pages but long on decency.

In his first nonfiction book, Cruising, Southern California novelist Alex Espinoza examines a misunderstood aspect of gay male culture—through both a personal and a historical lens.
JENNA SCHOENEFELD
NONFICTION

The Secret History of Cruising

In Cruising, Alex Espinoza traces the history, experience, and intimacy of anonymous love.