The Desert Notebooks author reveals why the Mojave is a great place to ask really big questions, namely: Why are we here?
The author’s memoir, Unforgetting, explores the connections between violence in El Salvador and the United States.
In A Kingdom of Tender Colors, Seth Greenland recalls his cancer diagnosis and recovery with humor and grace.
The mystery author explains why A Soldier’s Story is her favorite whodunit.
The author and Alta contributor picks Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me as his top noir classic.
The Edgar Award–winning mystery writer takes a stab at a classic.
The prolific novelist explains why, just like the beat of a great film score, he can’t shake Fast One.
“What does it mean to be a good person during horrible, unjust times?”
The city of Fresno, Latinx heritage, and family figure prominently in the poet’s debut collection.
The author of Cruising writes about how sexual encounters with male strangers provided him with “solace and acceptance.”
The author discusses his influences, his work, and the new stories that will emerge from this historic moment in time.
The acclaimed writer considers the 1918 flu, recommends sci-fi authors, and discusses his novel The End of October.
The California author discusses her recent work, favorite sci-fi books, and where the pandemic will take fiction.
The Companions author discusses her new novel, favorite science-fiction titles, and what it’s like to write during a pandemic.
The Gangsterland series examines identity and the moral consequences of violence.
Sixty essays tackle a question of identity: Who were our mothers before they became mothers?
The poems in Father’s Day examine the complex ideas of parenthood, citizenship, and existence.
Maggie Brown & Others contains very short stories that reveal their characters’ full potential and sorrowful limitations.
The Lightest Object in the Universe reveals hope and humanity amid a dystopian setting.
Essays from a former Los Angeles poet laureate argue for the power of verse to unify, inspire, and heal our nation.
The memoir In the Country of Women recounts secret histories of resilience, love, and great food.
Why We Swim examines our relationship to water for “survival, well-being, community, competition, and flow.”
Last West and Rift Zone are ambitious works that uncover fault lines in California’s geology, human history, and future.
The poet discusses his home, his inspiration, and his study habits.