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Franklin Foer's 'World Without Mind' argues that Silicon Valley will lead us to our doom

To many Americans, large technology firms embody much of what’s good about the modern world. Google holds the key to new depths of knowledge. Amazon is the white-knight savior of impulse shopping. Facebook builds the connective tissue to old friends and colleagues. Franklin Foer? has a different...

Demetri Martin's new book of drawings is 'If It's Not Funny It's Art.' Do we have to pick?

The drawings in Demetri Martin's "If It's Not Funny It's Art" showcase the comic's dark humor.

The 10 books in the running for the National Book Award for young people's literature

On Tuesday the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for its prize in young people’s literature. The 10 finalists include a bestseller — “The Hate U Give” author Angie Thomas — Los Angeles writer Robin Benway, and two previous National Book Award finalists — Jason Reynolds and Rita Williams-Garcia....

Matthew Zapruder explains how you learned poetry wrong (but that's easy to fix)

Matthew Zapruder argues that reading poetry isn't as hard as we think. His nonfiction book, "Why Poetry," explains why and how to approach the form -- and why now.

Hemingway's house and cats spared by Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma battered the Florida Keys over the weekend, but the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, its staffers and its 54 six-toed cats were unharmed by the storm, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Jacque Sands, the general manager of the Hemingway Home told the newspaper that the building...

In 'Dinner at the Center of the Earth,' Nathan Englander deepens and expands what he does so well

Nathan Englander is a fabulist: That’s the first thing to keep in mind. Even when he’s trafficking in the naturalistic — in his story “The Wig” from “For the Relief of Unbearable Urges” or in the magnificent collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” — he aspires to the lesson...

John Steinbeck's stepdaughter wins $13 million in lawsuit over his literary estate

A long-running legal battle over the estate of John Steinbeck took a dramatic turn on Tuesday, with a Los Angeles federal jury awarding more than $13 million to the novelist's stepdaughter in her suit against her stepbrother and his wife, the Associated Press reports. The jury found that Steinbeck's...

7 special literary events in L.A. this fall: Salman Rushdie, Ta-Nehisi Coates and more

On any given night in Los Angeles, there are myriad book events to chose from; here are autumn’s top-billed literary events. Sept. 16-17 Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie is no stranger to controversy, and his latest novel, “The Golden Hour,” is a contemporary epic that takes on American politics...

Casey Affleck to star in adaptation of 'Stoner'

Academy Award-winning actor Casey Affleck will play the title role in a film adaptation of “Stoner,” the “greatest American novel you've never heard of,” by John Williams, published in 1965. Deadline reports that Affleck will star as the protagonist, William Stoner, a farm boy who discovers he's...

John le Carré is back in fine form — with George Smiley — in 'A Legacy of Spies'

Our understanding of espionage was forever changed in the 1960s with the arrival of George Smiley, John le Carré’s “breathtakingly ordinary” spy who toiled at MI6, a.k.a. “the Circus,” Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service. It was a contrast to the espionage tales of author Ian Fleming, whose novels...

U.S. Postal Service unveils series of stamps honoring children's book 'The Snowy Day'

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring "The Snowy Day," one of the most beloved American children's books of the 20th century, with a series of new postage stamps. Four new "forever" stamps depicting Peter, the main character of Ezra Jack Keats' famous book, will be issued on Oct. 4, the Postal Service...

John Ashbery, regarded as one of the world's greatest poets, dies at age 90

John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died early Sunday at age 90. Ashbery, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and often mentioned as a Nobel candidate, died at his home in Hudson,...

Kamila Shamsie discusses updating Antigone with a British-Pakistani family in 'Home Fire'

Novelist Kamila Shamsie picks up after just two distinctive British double ringtones, from her home in London. When asked how she is, Shamsie laughs, a full-throated contralto chuckle. “I’m pretty great this morning!” That’s because her newest book, “Home Fire,” has made the long list for the Man...

Mark Bowden's searing 'Hue 1968' look finds miscalculations in the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War

America’s long and divisive war in Vietnam was based on misunderstanding, conducted behind lies, and ended in a humiliating defeat that haunts us still. To understand why, Mark Bowden’s searing “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam” takes us deep into the bloodiest single battle...

How L.A. writer Ben Loory came to write his odd, beloved fables

There was a time when Ben Loory lived at night. That’s how he puts it, as if night isn’t a stretch of empty hours to endure, but a place to enter, to discover whole worlds inside. After dark, the grocery stores are empty and the streets are quiet and still. The city at night is a city through the...

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett's unfinished works are destroyed by a steamroller

Honoring the late author's wishes, a hard drive containing Terry Pratchett's unpublished writing was literally steamrolled.

An Iranian bookstore in Westwood closes after 36 years

Westwood’s Iranian bookstore Ketab Corp. closed its doors last week after 36 years in business. The shop on Westwood Boulevard held roughly 85% Persian titles as well as books in English about Iran, said owner Bijan Khalili, who in a phone call described his customer base as “Persians and those...

Two killed in shooting at a New Mexico public library

A gunman opened fire in a Clovis, N.M., public library on Monday, killing two library employees and injuring four others, the Eastern New Mexico News reports. The names of the victims have not been released. Police say they’ve apprehended the gunman, but no motive for the shooting has been identified....

Samantha Hunt’s imagination runs wild in 'The Dark Dark'

"What's the difference between living and imagining?” asks one of the characters in Samantha Hunt’s first short story collection, “The Dark Dark.” The border between the two states is nebulous in these 10 tales, which slip seamlessly between tart realism and hallucinogenic fantasy. Hunt perfected...

Writer’s claims to native heritage are questioned after PEN Center USA names his book a finalist

John Smelcer’s young adult book “Stealing Indians” is one of the four finalists for the PEN Center USA Literary Award announced Aug. 10. But since questions have been raised about his claims to Native American heritage, the book now has an asterisk beside it on the center’s website — indicating...

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