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BAY AREA: Daniel Gumbiner, author of The Boatbuilder, is embarking on a quick mini-tour next weekend. Click for details.

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2014 Column Contest Winner

@thereal_saintfrancis follows the Instagram account of 13th-century friar Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. Francis is a cool bro who’s basically likeable (like when he’s jamming with his buds in Franciscan Disorder) but can sometimes be insufferable (like when he’s lecturing his friends on corrupt economic systems and the environmental impact of every manufactured object). Nick Farrell holds an MFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Rachel Farrell holds an MFA in writing from the University of Michigan.