Street Art in Suburbia

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Lydia Lee Takes Top Honors for Science Writing

Alta Journal contributor wins big from SPJ NorCal.

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Surviving the Sierra, Day 1: The Zombie Forest

Alta Journal’s first expedition retraces a harrowing 1833 crossing of the Sierra Nevada.


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Inside Out

The characters in Manuel Muñoz’s The Consequences are hesitant to reveal too much.

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The Unsinkable Elsie Robinson

In Listen, World!, Julia Scheeres and Allison Gilbert explore a remarkable career.

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Nothing Doings

Percival Everett’s Dr. No is more than a satire of James Bond.

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A Tender Man

In Dinosaurs, Lydia Millet imagines an alternative.

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Special Section: Made in California

Join us as we celebrate creators and crafters and tell the stories behind their work.

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The Accident on the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is as dangerous as it is beautiful. This is the story of one young hiker who never made it home.


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Alta Live: The Believer Returns

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Alta Live: Surviving the Sierra

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Alta Live: Heath Ceramics’ Tung Chiang

We covet its chic pottery; now let’s meet the maker behind Heath Ceramics.

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Alta Live: Rethinking Marion Davies
Lara Gabrielle’s new biography, Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies, gives us an insider’s look into this leading lady’s lif…


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Faith Ringgold at the de Young

Looking at American visionary Faith Ringgold at the de Young.

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A Lighter Shade of Green

Where is the White Claw of weed?

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New Retellings of the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot gets two new retellings.

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A celebration of makers, creators, and their crafts.