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Author Junot Díaz calls for help for hurricane-battered Puerto Rico

Award-winning writer Junot Díaz calls for aid for Puerto Rico, saying we need "new forms of solidarity, and new forms of love, not only for each other but for the lands from which we come."

A reading in the Batcave thanks to 90x90LA and the Griffith Park Storytelling Series

90x90LA pops up in Griffith Park's Bronson Caves as the reading series nears the end of its summer-long experiment.

Women take all the spots in the 5 Under 35 honorees from the National Book Foundation

The National Book Foundation has unveiled its annual 5 Under 35 honorees, recognizing a group of young authors who have published a debut work of fiction of extraordinary promise — a novel or short story collection — in the last year. And this year, they're all women. The 2017 honorees are Lesley...

Writing family stories: Jason Tougaw on his memoir 'The One You Get'

Jason Tougaw grew up gay in SoCal in the 1970s with a family that never fit in (a naked schizophrenic grandfather, famed declared-dead-but-not jockey Ralph Neves).

How the bestseller 'The Vegetarian,' translated from Han Kang's original, caused an uproar in South Korea

Before publishing his famous Chinese poetry translation “Cathay” in 1915, Ezra Pound apparently had no knowledge of Chinese at all. Instead, he worked from second-hand notes by another translator, boldly imposing his Imagist vision on classical Chinese poetry. Not surprisingly, he made quite a...

Science fiction gets criminal

Science fiction is often treated like a genre (and for a good reason), but genre lines can be incredibly blurry, with quite a bit of variation and room to play. One area that’s been growing recently is the sub-genre of crime stories and mysteries within sci-fi. Here is a selection worth investigating....

The dystopian future is already underway in Maja Lunde's novel 'The History of Bees'

“Our children and grandchildren” is a phrase often wheeled out in conversations about climate change. For politicians searching for heartstrings to tug, this is a logical rhetorical strategy, appealing to voters’ instincts to protect their kin. But it backfires in projecting the changing world...

Celeste Ng's new novel 'Little Fires Everywhere' sets suburbia aglow

Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a comfortable, peaceful, progressive suburb of Cleveland, a carefully planned community incorporated in 1912 that exists in a gentle state of idyll, sustained by adherence to the “rules, many rules, about what you could and could not do.” It’s a marvelous setting for a...

Hank Green, YouTube star and brother of John Green, will publish his first novel

Hank Green, co-star of the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel with his brother, John, author of the bestselling book “The Fault in Our Stars,” will release his debut novel next fall. While John Green writes for young adults, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” is targeted at an older audience. Responding...

'I Fought the Law': A candy-colored blend of fact, fiction and photography

True or false: In Alaska, it is illegal for an intoxicated person to be in an establishment that serves alcohol. It sounds paradoxical, but it’s actually true. In “I Fought the Law: Photographs by Olivia Locher of the Strangest Laws from Each of the 50 States” (Chronicle Books; $16.95), Locher...

Kirkus announces its finalist lineup, and book prize season is looking good

The Kirkus Prize finalists were announced Tuesday, with six titles each in three categories — fiction, nonfiction and young readers literature. Because that final category is broken into three divisions (picture books, middle grade and young adult), its finalists are closer to winning — there are...

The book Michelle McNamara, Patton Oswalt's wife, was working on when she died will be published in February

The book Michelle McNamara, comedian Patton Oswalt’s wife who died unexpectedly in 2016, had been working on will be published next year. McNamara, a true crime aficionado, had helped pursue the cold case of an assailant she dubbed the Golden State Killer. McNamara’s book, “I'll Be Gone in the...

Merriam-Webster adds 'alt-right' and 'sriracha' and 250 more words to its dictionary

Merriam-Webster added more than 250 words to its dictionary in the last month, including “alt-right” and “sriracha.” Alt-right is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a right-wing, primarily online political movement or grouping based in the U.S. whose members reject mainstream conservative politics...

Hillary Clinton's 'What Happened' says something revealing about America

If you’re looking for a takeaway beyond the soundbites from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election postmortem “What Happened,” you’ll have to read deep into the book. It doesn’t come until page 450, in a discussion of decorum and how it applies to losing candidates. “At first,” Clinton writes, “I had...

Electric Literature's Bodega Project is the literary counterpoint to the tech start-up

Online literary magazine Electric Lit’s recent Bodega Project is an appreciative counter to the new tech firm called Bodega. Launched by two ex-Google staffers, Bodega (the start-up) received some harsh criticism this week for threatening the beloved corner stores. The company aims to install 5-foot-wide...

'The Once And Future Liberal' is a blistering critique of identity politics and a fractured left

Mark Lilla’s new book begins with a statement that is brutal and bracing, all the more so because it happens to be true: “Donald J. Trump is president of the United States.” In the pages that follow, Lilla plumbs truths that are less obvious, but not less comforting. Most of those have to do with...

The National Book Awards longlist for fiction: 8 women and 2 men

The 10 finalists for the National Book Award in fiction have been announced: Eight of the 10 are female authors. It’s the first time since the National Book Foundation started using longlists in 2013 that women have appeared in such a majority. Among the longlisted fiction authors are previous...

Salman Rushdie on the opulent realism of his new novel, 'The Golden House'

NEW YORK — “I’m on the Technicolor end,” said Salman Rushdie. He was talking about the kind of realism you’ll find in “The Golden House,” his new novel. “If realism goes from Raymond Carver to James Joyce,” he explained, “It’s realism, but it’s kind of amped up, boosted.” Interviewed in the Manhattan...

'Dream of a House' tours the eclectic home of writer Reynolds Price

“Without a person in the frame,” writes photographer Alex Harris in the book “Dream of a House: The Passions and Preoccupations of Reynolds Price,” “we try to make sense of the mystery of a place or the accumulations of a lifetime.” After author and scholar Price died in 2011, Harris, a dear friend,...

The 10 poets on the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award

The National Book Foundation announced the longlist for poetry on Wednesday. The 10 finalists include a four-time National Book Award finalist, Frank Bidart, who was born in Bakersfield, as well as three poets with their first collections — Chen Chen, Layli Long Soldier and Mai Der Vang. Here is...

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