local authors

Marin County Honors Artist Tom Killion

Jan 6, 2017

Marin County artist Tom Killion has spent his life applying Japanese woodcut printmaking techniques to his views the region’s landscapes. Now he has received that county’s highest honor for his works.

Tamalpais Walking--first published in 2007 and reissued as a paperback in 2013 -- is the most recent in a series of collaborations between Killion and poet Gary Snyder. Their previous joint effort was The High Sierra of California in 2002.

Deconstructing Libertarianism

Sep 28, 2016

Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years which have moved it well away from its philosophical origins. A locally produced analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. 

Three of the authors will be on hand to talk about their contributions to Uncivil Liberties, at a special book event in Sonoma Friday evening. For details, click here.

Getting to a Renewably Powered Future

Jul 24, 2016

  Sooner or later, clean electricity will have to power our future. But that future world will be significantly different than the one we live in now. In this first of a three-part series, KRCB explores the projections of two local energy industry analysts.

Transportation is a huge consumer of oil and gas, and converting that to renewably-sourced electricity will be one of the biggest challenges we face, says Richard Heinberg. Because moving people around is just the tip of the melting iceberg.

Zero Waste Living

Dec 30, 2013
Kelly Ryan, KRCB

 Creating lifestyle that doesn’t create any waste—that’s right, zero—requires considerable preparation and focus. But it can be done, as one Marin County family demonstrates every day. She explained it all to reporter Kelly Ryan.

Bea Johnson, author of the book and blog, Zero Waste Home, says one unexpected benefit of her family's no-garbage lifestyle has been added time for more important activities.

Charting a Path to Peace

Oct 31, 2013

  A straightforward pathway from the military-industrial complex to a peaceful future is outlined in a recent book by a former defense engineer from Marin County, titled, “Transition to Peace.”

  Former defense engineer Russell Faure-Brac notes that there is an important distinction to be made between non-violence and a more comprehensive state of peace.


Martin Lee's "Smoke Signals"

Sep 3, 2013

  The recreational use of marijuana goes back thousands of years, around the world, and medicinal uses of the cannabis plant are just about as ancient. It’s all documented in, Smoke Signals, a new book by another local Sonoma County writer.

Tales of the Russian River

Jul 22, 2013

The Guerneville area has been home to some colorful characters, huge demographic and economic changes, and for the past 50-plus years, a hometown historian who likes nothing better than sharing the stories that he’s compiled.

Having lived near Guerneville since the 1960s, local historian John Schubert has also been a first-hand witness to a good deal of change. He says the region’s housing stock has been a good yardstick for tracking the evolution of the local population and business community.

Haslam’s Hayakawa Biography

Jul 4, 2013

  Dr. S.I. Hayakawa was a colorful and polarizing figure in California politics in the 1960s and '70s. But an award-winning biography of the noted semanticist traces an unexpectedly complex history before that notoriety enveloped him.

Hayakawa’s academic credentials were established early on, says his biographer, Gerland Haslam. But in the 1940s and ‘50s, Hayakawa’s Japanese-American status stood in the way of his career advancement.


"My Animal, My Self"

Jun 26, 2013

Your pet may not be able to read your thoughts, exactly. But it can discern how you’re feeling, and may adjust its own behavior accordingly. A new book offers insights for humans to recognize and respond to those behaviors. Bruce Robinson talks with the author.

A change in a pet’s behavior can signal their awareness of unpleasant changes in the human part of the household, says professional animal communicator Marta Williams. Her new book, My Animal, My Self, offers more than three dozen examples, such as this one.


Deconstructing Libertarianism

Feb 27, 2013

Libertarianism is a political ideology that has undergone some internal, rather severe, revisions in recent years that have moved it well away from their philosophical origins. A new analytical anthology examines what Libertarianism means today. Bruce Robinson has more.

All six authors will be on hand to talk about their contributions to Uncivil Liberties, at a free book launch party hosted by the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma on Friday evening, March 1.