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In 'Transit,' Rachel Cusk continues to slyly blur the lines that surround fiction

If listening is an art, then the narrator of Rachel Cusk’s new novel, “Transit,” is a virtuoso.  Faye, a writer, has recently returned to London with her two sons following a divorce. As she goes about rebooting her life, she listens to contractors, builders, old boyfriends, cousins, hairdressers,...

Han Kang's 'Human Acts' is a fractured fictional reckoning with the Gwangju massacre

South Korea is such a prosperous democratic republic that it’s easy to forget that the country was under military dictatorship as recently as 1987. Easy, at least, from the outside — in South Korea, everyone over 30 has lived through authoritarian rule, which might explain why millions have turned...

Roxane Gay's new book 'Difficult Women' proves her power

In her new short-story collection “Difficult Women,” Roxane Gay is razor sharp on the constant contradictions of being a woman — the terrible mundanity and the terrible violence of it all, and the way these two things rub up against each other so fondly. In 2014, Gay seemed to be everywhere, with...

Zadie Smith, in Los Angeles, says 'I am a voyeur'

“As a writer, I am stealing continually,”  Zadie Smith said. “I would use the word voyeurism. I am a voyeur. I want to know.” Smith was onstage at the sold-out Colburn School of performing arts in Los Angeles on Monday night, wearing a crimson red head wrap and matching lipstick. She possesses...

Bad news for the Strand? Amazon is opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore in Manhattan

Amazon, the online retail giant, is set to open a 4,000-square-foot brick-and-mortar bookstore smack in the middle of Manhattan this spring. Located in the Time Warner Center, Amazon joins brands like Swarovski, H&M and Whole Foods occupying storefronts in the Columbus Center shopping mall.  Although...

Junot Diaz has postponed his L.A. reading for a very, very good reason

If you were hoping to see Junot Díaz next week, sorry, he’s going to be busy with the Obamas. Díaz, currently the Katie Jocobson writer in residence at Cal Arts, had been scheduled to speak at REDCAT on Jan. 13. REDCAT announced Wednesday that the event will be postponed until Feb. 17 after “Mr....

Poet Philip Levine sketched the life of working-class Americans

In the spring of 1952, poet Philip Levine worked at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle plant in Detroit, Mich. He was 24 and had been writing poems for nearly 10 years. Some get their calling early, but being a young poet is not easy. He had clocked hours in an ice factory, a bottling corporation, on...

A nationwide effort launches to turn 'book deserts' into literary oases

The National Book Foundation is teaming up with publishers and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education to make "book deserts" a thing of the past. The literary organization, best known for presenting the annual National Book Awards, joined its partners Thursday announcing...

Huston Smith, pioneering teacher of world religions, dead at 97

Huston Smith, a pioneering teacher of world religions whose knowledge and respect for the traditions of the major faiths attracted millions of readers, has died. He was 97. Smith died at his home on Dec. 30 after a long illness, according to his official web site. From the time he was in his 20s,...

John Hodgman will tell the truth in a new book, 'Vacationland'

John Hodgman, the actor and humorist known for his three almanacs of made-up facts, will be telling the truth in his next book. Viking will publish "Vacationland," the writer's first book of nonfiction, this fall. The essay collection will be an "expansion" of Hodgman's comedy tour of the same...

New poetry from Jane Mead and Daniel Borzutzky examine death - in both human and national forms

Here are two books that differ dramatically stylistically, yet are unforgettably linked by images of the dying human body. In Jane Mead’s book-length poem, “World of Made and Unmade” the failing body is that of a “beautiful and practical” mother. In Daniel Borzutzky’s “The Performance of Becoming...

Too sexy for school? Virginia bill would require 'sexually explicit' books be flagged for parents

Virginia won't be for lovers anymore if the state's Board of Education moves forward with a proposal that would require schools to notify students' parents about "sexually explicit" texts assigned in classes, the Washington Post reports. The Board of Education's proposed rules would force school...

John Berger, pioneering art critic and author, dies at 90

A British art critic, Marxist intellectual and prodigious author whose pioneering 1972 book and the BBC series it spawned, “Ways of Seeing,” ushered in a political perspective to art criticism has died. John Berger was 90. Simon McBurney, a British actor and a friend of Berger's, told the Associated...

Cathy O'Neil, author of 'Weapons of Math Destruction,' on the dark side of big data

Cathy O’Neil calls herself a data skeptic. A former hedge fund analyst with a PhD in mathematics from Harvard University, the Occupy Wall Street activist left finance after witnessing the damage wrought by faulty math in the wake of the housing crash. In her latest book, “Weapons of Math Destruction,” O’Neil...

Milo Yiannopoulos, controversial Breitbart editor, lands a reported $250,000 book deal

In July, he was a Twitter pariah. Now, Milo Yiannopoulos is going to be a published author. The Breitbart editor and prominent gay conservative has inked a book deal with Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book, titled "Dangerous," is slated to come out in March....

After Carrie Fisher's death, her books are flying off shelves

Books by Carrie Fisher, the legendary actress and writer who died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 60, are flying off shelves. By Wednesday morning, her memoir “The Princess Diarist” was the top-selling book on Amazon. "The Princess Diarist," released in November, includes her 1976 diaries from shooting...

In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster

This year, publishing needs a hit. Not that 2016 was bad; it was fine. Books sales basically held steady — down a little here, up some there — for the most recent period for which we have numbers, from January to July. Although the Assn. of American Publishers wants to crow about the fact that...

Carrie Fisher the writer: Witty and vulnerable, she took us to the edge of our comfort zone

Out on the Internet, along with the many heart-touching tributes to Carrie Fisher, photographs of her as Leia Organa, either as princess (the original trilogy) or general (from “The Force Awakens”) and with her beloved French bulldog Gary, there’s another picture, originally placed there by cinema...

President Obama plans to write a book once he leaves the Oval Office

President Obama confirmed what many political and literary observers have long assumed: After he leaves office, he'll be writing a book. In a CNN interview with David Axelrod, his former campaign strategist and senior advisor, Obama revealed he plans to restart his literary career after President-elect...

When Native Americans were arms dealers: A history revealed in 'Thundersticks'

In the years after the American Revolution, Seminole Indians built an arsenal of weapons acquired from Cuban and British traders that allowed them to defend their lands as an alternate and well-armed Underground Railroad in what was then Spanish-controlled Florida. To the horror of Deep South elites,...

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