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Thousands attend first day of L.A. Times Festival of Books

Cassandra Clare, the wildly popular author of fantasy fiction for young adults, was reaching back to her own Southern California youth, trying to recall one of those moments when she fell in love with books. She couldn’t remember the name of the bookstore, but it was set in “a sketchy and more...

Inside the Festival of Books

Rain or shine, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the USC campus this weekend with more than 500 authors who will read, discuss, sign and live and breathe books. Among those in lineup: former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi...

Festival of Books: Live coverage of the L.A. Times' annual #bookfest

Rain or shine, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to the USC campus this weekend with more than 500 authors who will read, discuss, sign and live and breathe books. The lineup includes former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi,...

Marcia Clark on how her new book is different than the old Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

Famous as lead prosecutor in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Marcia Clark still works as a lawyer, but she's also an author. First came 1997's "Without a Doubt," a memoir of the case, and more recently, a series of legal thrillers. Clark's first four novels starred the same main character, Rachel...

Gay Talese has a lady problem -- he can't think of any female writers that inspired him

Gay Talese, the famed journalist and author of books such as "Honor Thy Father" and "Unto the Sons," told an audience at a Boston University conference that he couldn't name a single female journalist who inspired him, the Boston Globe reports. During a question-and-answer session at the "Power...

'Alice & Oliver' is like 'Love Story,' but with more grit and less sap

"Love means never having to say you're sorry," went the tagline to Erich Segal's 1970 tear-jerker "Love Story," in which an earnest gent named Oliver tries to support his wife as she — spoiler alert — dies of leukemia. Charles Bock's novel "Alice & Oliver" shares a character name and a disease...

Geoff Manaugh's 'A Burglar's Guide to the City' is a unique take on urban planning

Despite its title, Geoff Manaugh's "A Burglar's Guide to the City" won't teach you how to break into houses. It won't help you outsmart wily cat burglars with ingenious home alarm systems, either. Instead, it explores something a lot weirder and more interesting: Manaugh argues that burglary is...

James Patterson want you to read. And you and you and you. He gets our Innovator's Award April 9.

James Patterson, the bestselling writer made famous by his Alex Cross thrillers, has written or co-written 152 books and has sold, worldwide, more that 350 million copies — not just thrillers but also young adult and middle grade. While occasionally trading places with J.K. Rowling and Stephen...

Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate, on eating too many chilaquiles and returning to L.A.

When he was young, Juan Felipe Herrera wanted to be a public speaker. "I dreamed of standing in front of an audience and giving these long speeches," he explains by phone. But then he discovered poetry, and the color of the world changed. "People talk about seeing things through rose-colored glasses,...

'A Child's First Book of Trump': a Donald Trump primer by Michael Ian Black

Curious George. Paddington Bear. Horton the Elephant. And now -- Donald J. Trump. The front-running Republican presidential candidate is now the subject of an upcoming children's book, thanks to comedian Michael Ian Black, Publishers Weekly reports. Black, best known for his roles in "The State"...

Padma Lakshmi explains why she left her knives packed when writing 'Love, Loss, and What We Ate'

If you ever happen to interview Padma Lakshmi, do yourself a favor and let her pick the location. That way, you might just find yourself enjoying a piping hot plate of spicy orecchiette at an unassuming East Village trattoria while the former model converses in fluent Italian with the restaurant's...

J.K. Rowling reveals two rejection letters she got for 'The Cuckoo's Calling'

If you're a writer, you're going to get rejected sometime — even if you're the creator of the blockbuster "Harry Potter" books. Last week, J.K. Rowling posted on Twitter two rejection letters she received while she was trying to find a publisher for "The Cuckoo's Calling," which she submitted under...

We need diverse influences: Artist Shahzia Sikander on her multicultural past and our future

Artist Shahzia Sikander on her multicultural past and our future. Human identity is mercurial. Like a human being, it is alive and liable to shift, evolve, challenge and surprise. I was born in Lahore, Pakistan, to a family of storytellers. My father was an enthusiastic narrator, with oratory prowess....

Frontier justice was brutal in Los Angeles, and 'Eternity Street' gets to the heart of the matter

Now we're talking. This is the refrain that leaps to mind after plunging into John Mack Faragher's "Eternity Street" — and it is a plunge. Think of every Western movie you've ever watched, then consider: The darkest of them are soft, pink cotton candy compared to what actually occurred in lawless...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was more than magical realism: An appreciation

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a charmer. The great Colombian novelist, who died Thursday, called Mexico City home for much of his life, and it was there that I met him, at a chi-chi Mexican restaurant where he agreed to a sitdown with a half-dozen Times foreign correspondents and editors in 2004....

In Ron Carlson's new novel, old pals return - and so do old hurts

In 'Return to Oakpine,' Carlson writes of friends rallying around an ailing pal. Their past is never truly buried.

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