Beyond plastic straw bans: ‘Generation Dread’ author and Stanford postdoc Britt Wray on coping with (and acting on) eco-anxiety

Britt Wray, a Stanford postdoc who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains, talks about her book "Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis," which discusses the mental health impacts of the climate crisis, especially on young people who are increasingly agitated that the planet is facing unprecedented threats due to the actions of previous and current generations. 

Read More

Seven family-friendly holiday reads for storytime

This year, our suggested holiday reading list includes a selection of inspiring stories from a girl who pushes the boundaries to follow her courageous (and forbidden) dream to a mapmaker on a fantastical voyage attempting to flee from social barriers.

Read More

Who killed Jane Stanford? A Peninsula man thinks he has the answer

Who poisoned Jane Stanford, the widow of Stanford University's co-founder, Leland Stanford? Stanford history professor emeritus Richard White's new book delves into the circumstances around the death of Stanford University co-founder Jane Stanford — and whether university officials tried to cover it up.

Read More

Hit the books: 9 places to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on the Peninsula

Local independent bookstores have helped keep many a restless mind grounded during the unpredictability of the past couple of years with a steady supply of compelling reading material, along with hosting a variety of online author talks and events. And for the first time in two years, there's ample opportunity to celebrate these businesses in person, on Independent Bookstore Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 30. 

Read More