Local News Matters Arts & Entertainment newsletter

End your week with a bit of culture to unwind and refresh. Sign up for our surprising and inspiring options in our weekly newsletter, delivered on Thursdays with news about Bay Area arts and entertainment.

New books, and new in paperback, from San Francisco Bay Area authors, listed by release date.

New in Hardcover

Dream State: California in the Movies

by Mick LaSalle (San Francisco)
(Heyday, May 18)

A film writer looks behind the curtain of the California dream.

We Are What We Eat

by Alice Waters (Berkeley)
(Penguin, June 1)

An impassioned plea for a radical reconsideration of the way each and every one of us cooks and eats.

The Hidden Palace

by Helene Wecker (Pleasanton)
(Harper, June 8)

Set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I, a golem and a jinni confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.

By the Light of Burning Dreams

By David Talbot (San Francisco) & Margaret Talbot 
(Harper, June 8)

Author David Talbot and New Yorker journalist Margaret Talbot illuminate “America’s second revolutionary generation” through a series of seven defining political moments of the 1960s and 70s.

The Wolf and the Woodsman

Ava Reid (Palo Alto)
(HarperVoyager, June 8th)

Inspired by Hungarian history and Jewish mythology, this debut follows a pagan woman with hidden powers and a one-eyed Woodsmen as they come together to thwart a tyrant.

The Passenger

by Chaney Kwak (San Francisco)
(David Godine, June 8)

Aboard a sinking cruise ship, a journalist faces death and reconsiders life.

Castle Shade

by Laurie R. King (Santa Cruz)
(Bantam, June 8)

A queen, a castle, a dark and ageless threat—all await Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.

Love & Other Natural Disasters

by Misa Sugiura (Santa Clara) 
(HarperTeen, June 8)

When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind. That was before she met the perfect girl.

The Marvelous

by Claire Kann (San Francisco) 
(Swoon Reads, June 8)

Six teens locked together in a mansion contend for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.

The Museum of Rain 

By Dave Eggers (San Francisco)
(McSweeney’s, June 15)

A short story testament to family, memory, and what we leave behind. 

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

by Alka Joshi (Monterey)
(MIRA, June 22)

Henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace.

New in Paperback

Doubting Thomas

by Matthew Clark Davison (San Francisco) 
(Amble Press, June 8)

A debut novel chronicles a challenging and disruptive year in the life of a young, gay teacher in the waning years of Obama’s America.

Green Green Green

by Gillian Osborne (Marin County) 
(Nightboat Books, June 15)

A collection of hybrid essays that engage the intersection of habitats, horticulture, and histories both poetic and personal. 

Mona at Sea

by Elizabeth Gonzalez James (Oakland) 
(Santa Fe Writers Project, June 30)

A dark comedy about a Latina Millennial who must figure out what to do with her life when she loses her job during the Great Recession.