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Michael Lewis, Dave Eggers, Jaime Cortez and Rebecca Solnit are among the many local authors who published books this year. | Eggers photo courtesy of Brecht Van Maele, Solnit photo courtesy of Trent Davis Bailey.

It’s been quite a year in literature, mirroring the fear, confusion and hope of our changing times. It seems like eons ago that Amanda Gorman provided poetic inspiration at the presidential inauguration — a contact high that proved short-lived. The pandemic receded some locally but is far from resolved. Economic uncertainty abounds. The wounds of the ongoing racial divide remain largely unaddressed.

Writers in California and beyond dealt with these issues directly or less head-on. The Every, Dave Eggers’ latest parable on the evils of untrammeled technology, struck a timely note with the Facebook whistleblower hearings and The Facebook Files investigation from The Wall Street Journal. A sheaf of volumes from Washington journalists documented the haphazard (at best) goings-on of the Trump years. Berkeley-based author Michael Lewis transcended the limitations of Beltway journalism with The Premonition, a trenchant critique of the mishandling of the COVID crisis that dismissed the former president as a “comorbidity.’’

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