Books & Poetry

Book Review: A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region

Teacher and naturalist Joan Easton Lentz fosters an urge to explore and understand area habitats in her book A Naturalist's Guide to the Santa Barbara Region. Read story.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman’s newest novel is the essence of childhood in which the reader is plunged into a world of magic, secrets, and the danger lurking in the darkness. Read story.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review: Brett Martin’s Difficult Men

New book takes a look at the men behind the difficult men of television shows. Read story.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Review: Reign of Error

Diane Ravitch timely and well-researched new book is a clarion call to parents, teachers, and public school administrators to rethink the so-called “reform movement” in education. Read story.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Author Interview

Maxine Hong Kingston talks about the impact of her books. Read story.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: David Gilbert’s & Sons

The darkly comic novel explores disappointment and betrayal. Read story.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thai Stick, the book

Authors Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter uncover the hidden history of an elaborate smuggling operation. Read story.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Reza Aslan on Jesus the Zealot

The best-selling author with UCSB ties discusses the political messiah and why academia hates popularity. Read story.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Review: The EarthKeeper: Undeveloping the Future

How a successful real-estate broker changes himself--and his future--for the better. Read story.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944 – 1945 (Liberation Trilogy) by Rick Atkinson (Henry Holt)

This magisterial history was written in the service of a democratic vision. Read story.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Interview: Author James Claffey

The Carpinteria resident comes out with Blood a Cold Blue, a collection of short fiction stories. Read story.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Reading The Things They Carried

Thanks to the Santa Barbara Public Libraries and the NEA, The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s classic novel of the Vietnam War, is the talk of the town. Read story.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Big Read Essay Contest

The Independent and the S.B. Public Libraries are sponsoring an essay contest. Read story.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

S.B. Poets Give Reading

Paul Lobo Portugés and Michael Hannon will each read from their latest collections of poems. Read story.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Review: Charles Simic’s New and Selected Poems: 1962-2012

For 50 years, the poet has been writing consistently surprising and rewarding gems. Read story.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
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