tom zoellner, the national road
Drive, He Said

Tom Zoellner’s The National Road seeks to take the measure of America.

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mary austin
Searching for Mary Austin

Life for the author of The Land of Little Rain was as hard as the inhospitable region she wrote about.


Anastacia-Reneé is a Seattle-based poet, artist, and educator who was once described as a “queer super-shero of color.”
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a promised land, barack obama
Obama’s Memoir a Big Boost for Bookstores
This week’s California Book Club newsletter: Obama’s latest book goes on sale, Jonathan Lethem returns to his science-fiction roots, an…


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

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

One Coyote
An unidentified pair of prospectors pose with tools of their trade (circa 1860).
The Best Bad Things
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…
Alta Asks Live: Keenan Norris
Keenan Norris joins author and Alta contributor Susan Straight for an intimate discussion on writing and race in the suburbs of Souther…