The author of 2017’s Shadowbahn says that “right now history is outpacing the imagination” and “writing definitely needs to get bigger.”
The author of The City in the Middle of the Night says her writing asks, “What does it mean to be a good person during horrible, unjust times?”
The city of Fresno, Latinx heritage, and family figure prominently in the poet’s debut collection.
If it’s happening in Southern California, author, journalist and frequent Alta contributor Gustavo Arellano knows the details and has an opinion.
Ishmael Reed is a seminal American voice in literature, poetry, history, and issues around race, and culture. He contributes to Alta as a writer, poet, and member of the magazine’s Editorial Board.
Can a mom forge a deeper connection with her autistic son — and a divided country — on a 15-day journey along Route 66? Mary Melton, who did just that, joins Alta Asks Live on Wednesday, July 15 at 12:30 p.m. PST.
The author of Cruising writes about how sexual encounters with male strangers provided him with “solace and acceptance.”
The author discusses his influences, his work, and the new stories that will emerge from this historic moment in time.
The acclaimed writer considers the 1918 flu, recommends sci-fi authors, and discusses his novel The End of October.
The California author discusses her recent work, favorite sci-fi books, and where the pandemic will take fiction.
The Companions author discusses her new novel, favorite science-fiction titles, and what it’s like to write during a pandemic.
Writer, poet, and educator Sara Borjas joins Alta Asks Live to discuss her debut poetry collection, how the current global movements around racism and oppression are represented in the arts and why that's important, and so much more.
Author Alex Espinoza will join Alta Asks Live to discuss the connections and inspiration found at a 50-year-old California writers community, his historical look at the radical pastime of cruising, and so much more.
Alta’s books editor discusses how science fiction is “responsive,” the influence of music on his writing, and the emerging body of pandemic and quarantine literature.
Sci-fi novel The Companions is set in a post-pandemic California where survivors are in quarantine and the consciousnesses of the deceased are the intellectual property of a tech company.