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This poem sums up Los Angeles perfectly

Los Angeles’ poet laureate needs to make a small confession about our city. “I have a love/hate relationship with L.A.” says Luis J. Rodriguez.  No one is more qualified than Rodriguez to make that assessment. Los Angeles and its poet laureate have a history. He started in Watts, moved to the San...

Introducing Janine Joseph, a talented poet who writes of being undocumented

"Whether a child actress or an undocumented immigrant, I had always lived more than one life at once," Janine Joseph explains. From a childhood in TV commercials in the Philippines, she came to California with her parents on tourist visas in 1991, and the family stayed — overstayed, although she...

Lit pick of the week: Free Comic Book Day

Saturday marks the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, and free comics will be given out at comic book shops all over Southern California, including Alternate Universe, Blastoff, Comic City, Comic Cult, Comics vs. Toys, Cool Cats, Dream World, Emerald Knights, Geoffrey's, Golden Apple, House of Secrets,...

Oprah Winfrey will star in 'Henrietta Lacks' movie, but who will play Rebecca Skloot?

When it was announced this week that Oprah Winfrey will star in the film adaptation of Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," much of the Internet could barely contain its glee. The news, first reported by Deadline, was particularly sweet to fans of Skloot's 2010 book about Lacks,...

A rare interview with Don DeLillo, one of the titans of American fiction

If you want to reach Don DeLillo, don't try to email him; he doesn't email. His preferred method of business communication is via fax. He still writes his novels on a typewriter. That technological reticence notwithstanding, DeLillo is one of the titans of American fiction. The 79-year-old DeLillo...

Lydia Millet has cooked up a contemplative thriller of endurance in 'Sweet Lamb of Heaven'

At a cultural moment when so many action-inflected books, movies and television shows feature an ass-kicking woman — Mad Max's Imperator Furiosa, "The Walking Dead's" Michonne, "The Hunger Games'" Katniss Everdeen, and, in Emily St. John Mandel's book "Station Eleven," Kirsten Raymonde — it is...

How did 'Space Raptor Butt Invasion' by Chuck Tingle become a Hugo finalist?

Why on earth - or the rest of the solar system - is a book called "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" by Chuck Tingle up for a Hugo award? Thank the puppies. They sound cute, but for the second year in a row, politically motivated groups calling themselves the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have more...

Father's memoir spurs Scientology leader David Miscavige to threaten lawsuit

The leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, is looking to stop the publication of a new tell-all memoir written by his father Ron Miscavige. In a document first published by Tony Ortega, noted Scientology reporter, lawyers from Johnsons Solicitors, working on behalf of David Miscavige,...

The Hugo finalists: John Scalzi on why the sad puppies can't take credit for Neil Gaiman's success

The list of 2016 Hugo Award finalists is out and once again slate makers have tried to stuff the ballot box. But how much credit should they get for nominating already-celebrated work? Along with the Nebula Awards, the Hugo Awards are generally considered the preeminent awards in science fiction...

With writers and editors being murdered, free speech is at risk in Bangladesh

The threat to free speech in the nation of Bangladesh was highlighted by two recent slayings of journalists there, the latest in a long line of murders targeting secular writers in the South Asian country. Xulhaz Mannan, the editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh's only LGBT magazine, and a U.S. Embassy...

Three architects who built Jerusalem: How they shaped and fled (and were forgotten by) the conflicted city

 All cities are cruel, but Jerusalem has a special way with heartbreak. In the evenings, the light is as soft as the local politics are rigid. Driving past the walls of the Old City at dusk, Jerusalem's beauty can cause actual pain. For a moment you can almost forget the blood that spills, sometimes...

In 'Shallcross,' C.D. Wright was at the height of her powers

C.D. Wright was among the small handful of truly great poets of our time. Though she spent much of her adult life in Rhode Island, where she taught at Brown and was married to the poet Forrest Gander, Wright was born in the Ozark mountain region of Arkansas, and her poetic voice never really left...

Who is your favorite author voting for today in New York?

New Yorkers aren't known for being shy about sharing their opinions, and politics is no exception. Empire State voters go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the increasingly contentious Democratic and Republican primaries, and more than a few celebrities have weighed in on the races. Here's who some...

Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'

Viet Thanh Nguyen took the Pulitzer Prize in fiction Monday for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer," published by Grove Press. Nguyen, a professor at the USC, is one of the L.A. Times' 10 critics at large. "Thanks for all your good wishes," Nguyen wrote on Facebook. "I double checked with real people...

Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Beverly Cleary, the legendary children's author who brought the world Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse, turned 100 years old Tuesday. Just don't ask her what her secret is. "I didn't do it on purpose," she joked to the Associated Press. The author, who was born before World War I...

Thousands attend first day of L.A. Times Festival of Books

Cassandra Clare, the wildly popular author of fantasy fiction for young adults, was reaching back to her own Southern California youth, trying to recall one of those moments when she fell in love with books. She couldn’t remember the name of the bookstore, but it was set in “a sketchy and more...

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