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At Zinn Fair, Peter Cole explores SF’s unique history of labor and race

In Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in South Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area, labor historian Peter Cole uncovers the undocumented history of waterfront...

Aya De León’s ‘Side Chick Nation’ explores post-Maria Puerto Rico

LIT Aya De León is a writer, activist, educator, spoken word poet and author of the award-winning Justice Hustlers series, including latest installment Side Chick Nation. The...

AIDS, sex, and ‘Illuminations on Market Street’

LIT Author Benjamin Heim Shepard is a Brooklyn-based activist who has published 10 books, including White Nights and Ascending Shadows: An Oral History of...

In Yuba County, protesting Northern California’s last ICE prison

On Friday, July 12, about 400 protesters gathered on the steps of the Yuba County Jail in Marysville to protest what is believed to...

The Mekons’ Sally Timms twangs in to support Community Land Trust

“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.” —Lester Bangs Emerging in Leeds, England, in 1977, the Mekons came...

Leticia del Toro grounds her ‘Cafe Colima’ in the lives of ‘everyday Latinas’

LIT Bay Area author Leticia Del Toro is not a household name... yet. Her work has appeared in Huizache, Zyzzyva, Cipactli and Mutha Magazine. Her short stories are some...

Author Amanda Huron on housing and the power of urban ‘commoning’

LIT Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C. "explores the practice of urban 'commoning' in Washington, DC, through an investigation...

Ananda Esteva’s border-crossing, jazz-driven Califaztlan tale

The Wanderings of Chela Coatlícue: Touring Califaztlan (Transgress Press) is the first installment of a trilogy of coming-of-age adventures, following a brazen young musical...

‘Knucklehead’ author Adam Smyer takes on the turbulent ’90s

LIT San Francisco writer Adam Smyer’s debut novel Knucklehead introduces the reader to Marcus Hayes, a black lawyer who regulates everyday bad behavior with short,...