artwork by ashwini bhat is designed to complement forrest gander's poem
Not Without: A Poem

Pulitzer Prize–winner Forrest Gander partnered with artist Ashwini Bhat to create this work, the collaborators’ first for Alta.

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rancho obi wan founder steve sansweet with a cast of thousands the darth vader head on the back wall once greeted toys “r” us shoppers in times square, while darth malgus left is a seven foot, 5,99999 limited edition action figure long sold out, alas
In a Galaxy Closer to Home

One fan turned a chicken farm into a nonprofit museum that houses the world’s largest Star Wars memorabilia collection.

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The Horse’s Mouth

Jane Smiley’s Perestroika in Paris is a fairy tale for adults.


the distance between us, reyna grande
‘The Distance Between Us’

Reyna Grande’s affecting memoir is the California Book Club’s November 2020 selection.

Alta Asks Live: Ken Layne

Wednesday, December 9 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time

Alta Asks Live: Po Bronson

Wednesday, December 2 at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time

Alta Asks Live: Rancho Obi-Wan’s Steve Sansweet

The force is strong with Steve Sansweet, ruler of the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the known world.

Alta Asks Live: Eddie Muller
Film noir expert Eddie Muller sits down to spill the beans on what makes noir so timeless, help us define the genre, reveal his favorit…