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Robby Benson opens up about his heart in many ways in iBook

In his new multimedia memoir 'I'm Not Dead ? Yet!' the actor writes about his open-heart surgeries and his wife of many years.

New mystery and thriller books set amid the world wars

'Prague Fatale' by Philip Kerr; 'Waiting for Sunset' by William Boyd; 'Istanbul Passage' by Joseph Kanon

'James Joyce: A New Biography' by Gordon Bowker: An excerpt

So you're an admirer of James Joyce's "Ulysses"? Well, thank Trieste for that book. Why? Gordon Bowker's "James Joyce: A New Biography" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 608 pp., $35) shows readers how living in that seaport city in northeastern Italy helped rekindle Joyce's enthusiasm after the lackluster...

Kurt Andersen stays a step ahead of history with 'True Believers'

The Occupy Wall Street movement's arrival is well timed for his new novel about a law school dean who intends to reveal her radical 1960s past.

The Sunday Conversation: Mark K. Shriver honors his father

The author recounts lessons learned in 'A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.'

Critic's Notebook: Essays tiptoe up to grab us unawares

Collections by Tom Bissell and Mark Dery join a growing list of works in which the universal becomes personal, then becomes universal again.

Novelist James Patterson preaches the power of kids' books

With his ReadKiddoRead website and popular series like 'Witch & Wizard,' prolific writer James Patterson aims to turn children's lives around through reading.

Book review: A father and son find common ground in 'Along the Way'

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez examine the nature of their relationship and the ways it's shaped their lives in their loving, candid new memoir.

Audiobooks are going Hollywood has persuaded stars such as Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet and Samuel L. Jackson to lend their voices to classic novels for the popular media format.

Socially networked reading: Hey, take a look at this

Reading doesn't have to be a solitary activity. Increasingly, apps are being developed to enable users to electronically share thoughts.

The Reading Life: 'Agatha Christie: An Autobiography'

The famed British mystery writer was a master of succinct storytelling. Her memoir, now rereleased, tells of a life much larger even than her considerable literary output.

Q&A: W.S. Merwin

The former U.S. poet laureate talks about his friendship with Czeslaw Milosz, the pleasures of speaking poetry aloud and the Internet.

Joan Didion writes through 'Blue Nights'

The process tested the writer's resolve, but the book about her late daughter is even more personal than 'The Year of Magical Thinking.'

The Bookish Life: Weaving memories into handmade books

Odds and ends such as wrappers, ticket stubs and antique photos add a personal touch to tomes.

Dana Spiotta writes firmly in the moment

The distractions of the modern age are a compelling device for the author, whose new novel, 'Stone Arabia,' explores how siblings deal with the expectations of contemporary life.

The Reading Life: Happy birthday to me - and Raymond Chandler

The great L.A. writer's circuitous and tortured path to literary fame isn't easy to duplicate - or emulate.

'Fault in Our Stars' writer John Green has a good read on teens, tech

Bestselling young-adult novelist John Green, who's being honored with the Innovator's Award at the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, says he is inspired by teenagers and finds encouraging signs in publishing's future.

Mimi Pond sketches an alter ego's youthful days in 'Over Easy'

'Over Easy,' a graphic novel from Mimi Pond - who has written for 'The Simpsons' and 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' - draws heavily on her experiences as a worker in an Oakland cafe. It's 'pure Mimi,' her editor says.

David Grand conjures early L.A. in 'Mount Terminus'

David Grand talks about 'Mount Terminus,' a novel set in early 20th century L.A. - and one that took 10 years to write and kept him estranged him from the city.

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