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Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will publish a book about sexual harassment

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who left the network after allegedly being sexually harassed by its founding CEO, is writing a book about sexual harassment and female empowerment. Carlson’s exit, which included public allegations and a lawsuit, is one of the catalysts that has resulted...

'I Dreamed of Africa' author Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded in attack in Kenya

Kuki Gallmann, the environmentalist and author of the bestselling autobiography “I Dreamed of Africa,” was shot and severely injured in an attack at the conservation park she owns in Kenya. The BBC reports that Gallmann, 73, was airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi after being shot in the stomach...

The written word is under siege. A call to arms for all purveyors of truth

L.A. Times editor Davan Maharaj asks how truth has become so devalued and issues a challenge to journalists and authors.

Meet Chanelle Benz, whose debut book is 'The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead'

The stories in Chanelle Benz’s “The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead” are as disturbing and violent as the title indicates. The debut book explores rage and inhumanity in a variety of settings, including the Old West, 19th century England and contemporary Philadelphia. The collection begins with...

Jason Diamond on accidentally writing his memoir, 'Searching for John Hughes'

Jason Diamond on accidentally writing his memoir, 'Searching for John Hughes'

Read an excerpt of Lisa See's 'The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane'

In “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” at No. 2 on the L.A. Times bestseller list, Lisa See tells the story of a mother in a remote Chinese village who must give up a child born out of wedlock, alongside the girl’s life after being adopted by an American couple. In this passage, Li-yan, from the...

Jonathan Lethem on his new mega-literary, meta-literary collection

Jonathan Lethem's new book is 'More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers.' He's coming to the LA Times Festival of Books

Ishion Hutchinson on his poetry and the inspiration of Lee 'Scratch' Perry

In Ishion Hutchinson’s breathtaking poetry collection “House of Lords and Commons,” music stirs and rises again and again in a stunning meditation on the landscapes of memory and colonial history, sunlight reflections and the vibrating sounds across the twin experiences of joy and suffering. Born...

The book prizes are coming! The book festival is coming!

Of all the writers who’ll be appearing at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, Peter Kimani may be the one to leave with the most frequent flier miles: The Kenyan novelist is coming all the way from Nairobi. “For me to travel half way across the world to participate in such an event is a powerful...

10 things you don't know about authors on book tour

John Scalzi reveals what's really happening behind the scenes when authors go on book tour - and come to the Festival of Books.

Andrew Cuomo got $738,000 for his memoir — and it sold only 3,200 copies

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned $783,000 for his memoir, which has sold only 3,200 copies since it was published 2½ years ago, the Buffalo News reports. Cuomo's “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life” was published by the Harper Collins imprint Harper in October 2014....

Thirteen countries and nine languages are among the finalists for the Best Translated Book Awards

The finalists for the 10th annual Best Translated Book Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with 10 authors and translators nominated in the fiction category and five in the poetry category. The shortlists were first announced by the literary website the Millions. This year's finalists represent...

Donald Trump plugs a book called 'Reasons to Vote for Democrats' on Twitter. But there's a catch

President Trump has used his favorite social media platform to make an unusual literary recommendation: a book called "Reasons to Vote for Democrats" by Michael J. Knowles. Trump's plug isn't an indication that the Republican president is ready to reach across the aisle and work with his progressive...

'Girls on Fire' author Robin Wasserman sees parallels between '90s and today in politics and women's empowerment

Robin Wasserman is no stranger to teenagers in trouble. Many of the prolific author’s novels for young adults have dealt with adolescents making morally questionable decisions, or being forced to survive in inhospitable landscapes. “Girls on Fire,” the first adult novel from the Brooklyn-based...

Essay by Viet Thanh Nguyen: On uselessness

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley in May and had turned 26 in February. That summer, I found a small apartment in Silver Lake and began preparing for a new career as a professor at USC. I look back on myself...

Thomas McGuane, winner of the upcoming Kirsch Award, on his path as a writer

Thomas McGuane wants to discuss how fiction works. It’s a Friday afternoon, and he’s on the phone from Florida, where he recently hosted a family gathering: “all the kids and grandkids,” as he puts it, a tone of satisfaction in his voice. Now, the family is gone and he’s considering the trade that...

Swimming against the tide: Lawrence Weschler on 'Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of Astrophysicists'

Walter Murch, one of Hollywood’s most accomplished film and sound editors, whose illustrious career includes nine Oscar nominations and three wins, also has quite the set of extracurricular interests. Over the years, when he hasn’t been working behind the scenes on essential 20th century viewing...

At home in exile: Vi Khi Nao on her experimental novel 'Fish in Exile'

That the lens of grief can distort everyday life into something both crystalline and surreal is on full display in Vi Khi Nao’s experimental novel “Fish in Exile” (Coffee House Press, $16.95 paper) in which a cast of characters collide, conflict and claw their way through the aftermath of a tragedy....

Is it time to rediscover Conrad Aiken?

The life of writer Conrad Aiken, like the best of his work, was a great circle. It began in Savannah, Ga., in a red brick row house at 228 E. Oglethorpe Ave. After years in New England and abroad, he returned decades later to that quaint, crumbling Southern metropolis to live in a house adjoining...

Rueben Martinez, winner of the Innovator's Award at the L.A. Times Book Prizes

“These were my tickets out of the copper mines,” says Rueben Martinez, sweeping his hand over the books stacked on the coffee table inside his small, sage-colored home. A sign on the lawn announces, “This House is Celebrating its Centennial,” and shaded by two stately pepper trees, the craftsman...

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