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Poetry for National Poetry Month

Former S.B. poet laureate David Starkey writes one review for every day of the month. Read story.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade

A new book tells the hidden story of the boom in Asian marijuana smuggling, circa 1969-1986. Read story.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carl Jung’s Red Book

The master of dream therapy himself surreptitiously authored a secret book filled with his own ruminations, dreams, and hallucinogenic drawings. Read story.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Books: Little Failure

In his engrossing memoir, the award-winning writer Gary Shteyngart is unflinchingly honest. Read story.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spirituality: Life After Life

In his 1975 best-selling book Life After Life, Dr. Raymond Moody introduced the concept of the near-death experience (NDE). Read story.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Books: Reading Santa Barbara

Here is a Whitman’s Sampler of wisdom and wit from a town that Kenneth Rexroth, Ross Macdonald, and T.C. Boyle call home. Read story.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Books: Ishmael Beah’s Radiance of Tomorrow

The bestselling author will be at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Monday, March 10, to discuss his latest book. Read story.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Interview: Author Tim Egan

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer comes to town to talk about his book The Big Burn as part of UCSB Reads. Read story.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rumi in Words and Music

Preeminent Rumi translator Coleman Barks will read the Persian mystic’s poems alongside improvising cellist David Darling at UCSB’s Campbell Hall on Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m. Read story.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review: Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Theoretical physicist Lisa Randall writes a book of big, mind-bending ideas about the nature of the universe. Read story.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Carp Author Rebecca Rockwell

A fourth-generation Carpinterian writes her third western novel. Read story.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Review: B.J. Novak

The Office actor’s gift for written gab is clear in his debut book, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Read story.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review: Portrait Inside My Head

A master of creative nonfiction, Phillip Lopate returns with a new collection of essays. Read story.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Joseph Campbell Book on Goddess Myths

In Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, Editor Safron Rossie sheds light on another side of the man who made famous the hero’s journey. Read story.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Philip Levine to Speak in S.B.

UCSB Arts & Lectures will present former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine in a free public reading at the New Vic on Thursday, January 16. Read story.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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