‘Wind/Pinball’ offers lucid, expansive look at life

Today a household name on both sides of the Pacific, Japanese literary giant Haruki Murakami launched his smooth ascent to global renown with two novels — “Hear the Wind Sing” and “Pinball, 1973” — written on a whim. In an introduction to “Wind/Pinball,” Knopf’s new English translation of his first
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UC Berkeley lecturer, John Shoptaw, releases first poetry collection

John Shoptaw’s first poetry collection, “Times Beach,” intertwines narrative with landscape to memorialize the Mississippi River watershed. Awarded the 2015 Notre Dame Review Book Prize, Shoptaw’s complex volume is undeniably a tribute to place. His lush language blends strangers’ accounts, literary history and his Mississippi River Basin childhood to trace
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First-ever Bay Area Book Festival delights

What do slam poetry, Scandinavian crime fiction and NaNoWriMo bumper stickers have in common? All made an appearance last weekend in Berkeley, where the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival transformed 10 blocks Downtown into a multimedia explosion of bookish debris. The festival, different from other literary festival in the area
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Oakland Book Festival celebrates literature, learning

On Sunday morning, a loose assembly gravitated toward Oakland City Hall’s hushed hearing rooms. The humming crowd gathered in lines that curled, snakelike, around corners in anticipation of the city’s first public book festival. For one day, Frank Ogawa Plaza became an agora for book lovers, literati and beginning readers
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