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Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park hosts its second annual book fest Saturday

Grand Park, squeezed between City Hall and other civic buildings downtown, is arguably the most beautiful new public space created in Los Angeles in many years. And since it opened in 2012, the people who run the park have been trying to encourage visitors to engage in a certain quiet and solitary activity--reading.

Immigration enforcement gone rogue in 'Border Patrol Nation'

Immigration enforcement has gone rogue amid a huge security apparatus that has developed since 9/11, author Todd Miller argues in 'Border Patrol Nation.' In his scathing and deeply reported examination of the U.S. Border Patrol, Todd Miller argues that the agency has gone rogue since the Sept. Show More Summary

Louis Bayard's 'Roosevelt's Beast' is a diverting expedition

Theodore Roosevelt's journey on Brazil's River of Doubt gets a historical thriller embellishing in Louis Bayard's novel 'Roosevelt's Beast,' seen through the eyes of the former president's son Kermit. As even the most casual student of American history knows, Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure. Show More Summary

Life throws a few curves in Michelle Huneven's 'Off Course'

A dramatic change of scenery for this empathic novel's main character fails to erase the kinds of decisions required of her. Call it the Big Swerve: That point in one's adult life where decisions about the future — marriage, career, kids, mortgage payments — have to be reckoned with. Show More Summary

Matt Taibbi rips into America's growing income gap in 'The Divide'

Matt Taibbi starkly details how far U.S. ideals have fallen in 'The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.' Matt Taibbi begins his sixth book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," with a simple...Show More Summary

Writer vs. artist in 'Words and Pictures' [Video]

In the upcoming romantic comedy "Words and Pictures," Clive Owen plays a writer-turned-teacher whose world changes when a beautiful artist (Juliette Binoche) shows up to teach at his school.

Realism in, dystopia out in youth fiction at Bologna book fair

Every year, publishers, editors, agents and authors gather in Italy for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. This week, the buzz in Bologna is about the growing market for middle-grade fiction. 

Deceased writer Budd Schulberg scores new Hollywood deal

Writer Budd Schulberg isn't around to see it, but Wednesday, on his 100th birthday, he landed a new Hollywood deal. Schulberg, who died at 95 in 2009, was the son of a Hollywood film producer who first made his mark with the bestselling, iconic Hollywood novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" and went on to win an Oscar for the script of 1954's "On the Waterfront."

Anisfield-Wolf book award winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf awards were announced Wednesday with prizes of $10,000 each. Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf awards have been presented to books and authors who confront racism and explore diversity.

Zola's Bookish recommendation engine goes to work for libraries

Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety.

Madonna to film Rebecca Walker's 'Ade: A Love Story'

A bisexual, biracial Yale grad goes to Africa and falls in love with a Kenyan Muslim. That's the premise of "Ade: A Love Story," the novel by Rebecca Walker that Madonna plans to make into a film.

Alice Munro honored on Canadian commemorative $5 coin

Putting authors on currency is not a new thing. Benjamin Franklin, a founding father and author of “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” is on the U.S. $100 bill, and in Chile the Nobel laureate and poet Gabriela Mistral graces the 5,000 peso bill, which is worth about $10. And Jane Austen will soon grace Britain's 10-pound note.

A book for the socially awkward

You can -- sometimes -- tell a lot about a book by its trailer. Trailers for books are a still-evolving art form, but one thing for sure is that an amusing book with a funny trailer is a very good sign.

Happy 95th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!

He published Allen Ginsberg and gave the Beat Generation a literary home, won a landmark anti-censorship case and still runs an independent bookstore in San Francisco. Happy 95th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!

Prisoners in Britain denied books, authors launch protest

A new rule bans books from being sent to prisoners in Britain. "From now on, any man, woman or child in prison will not be able to receive a book from outside," prison reform activist Frances Crook explained in an editorial Sunday.

Karen Russell's 'Sleep Donation' is a digital dream

Imagine a world without sleep. Or perhaps you don’t have to: Perhaps you are already in the throes of what, in her new novella “Sleep Donation” (Atavist Books: digital, $3.99), Karen Russell describes as “a universal American condition.”

Two versions of Cesar Chavez come to light in new film, book

In the upcoming film 'Cesar Chavez' starring Michael Peña and in the biography 'The Crusades of Cesar Chavez' by Miriam Pawel, the UFW leader is shown as someone with real struggles. At least 25 streets and 46 schools are named in his...Show More Summary

'Cycle of Lies,' 'Wheelmen' take different paths in Lance Armstrong story

Juliet Macur's 'Cycle of Lies' examines Lance Armstrong's character. Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell's more authoritative 'Wheelmen' looks at the Armstrong industry. The cycling section of Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., is vast. And as you stand before it, as I did recently, it's easy to split the volumes into distinct categories: before doping and after.

'Age of Radiance' adds depth and drama to the nuclear age

Craig Nelson's 'The Age of Radiance' is a highly readable romp into the history of the atomic era. Early in his new history of humanity's embrace of nuclear energy and radiation, Craig Nelson writes about the impoverished 19-year-old...Show More Summary

Oddest book title of the year: 'How to Poo on a Date'

"How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers' Guide to Toilet Etiquette" by Mats & Enzo has been named the winner of the Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year.

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