Oct 11, 2013 — A secret San Francisco book club meets in Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, at No. 8.
Oct 25, 2012 — Beef heart, once a common dish for the poor, has been rediscovered by chefs and eaters of all ages. All Things Considered speaks with cookbook authors Jody Eddy and Christine Carroll about the stories behind their recipes.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of 86'd: A Novel by Dan Fante. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 30, 2011 — Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food — three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers.
Mar 22, 2011 — Sarah Vowell takes on the American occupation of Hawaii, author Katharine Greider dives into New York history through the lens of her crumbling Manhattan row house, and Lisa Abend follows the apprentices toiling away in the molecular gastronomy labs of Ferran Adria's elBulli.
Jul 8, 2010 — Employee performance reviews should be eliminated, according to Samuel Culbert: "First, they're dishonest and fraudulent. And second, they're just plain bad management." The UCLA business professor has written a new book expanding on that view.
Jun 16, 2010 — Ever since his 1987 debut, The Object of My Affection, Stephen McCauley has helped revive and update the modern comedy of manners. His new novel, Insignificant Others, takes a gently satiric look at what it means to be in a serious relationship — but also see someone else on the side.
Feb 19, 2010 — Novelist and playwright Dan Fante writes about alcoholism, drug addiction and failed attempts at literary success — all of which he has experienced himself. He discusses his novel, 86'd, battling his own emotional demons, and the process of reliving his past on paper.
Oct 14, 2008 — Author Leslie Chang followed two girls from their rural homes in China to a city called Dongguan, where they became "factory girls." Life in these makeshift cities can be quite lucrative for hard-working ladies, she finds.