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Insomnia takes over the world in Kenneth Calhoun's 'Black Moon'

Though Kenneth Calhoun's 'Black Moon' doesn't always cohere, it compels with a tale of a world gone mad with insomnia. In "Black Moon," first-time novelist Kenneth Calhoun documents a plague of sleeplessness that threatens the very fabric of the world and reality. Show More Summary

'Box Girl' puts the art of survival in L.A. on display

Lilibet Snellings talks about her book 'Box Girl' and working as a human 'Installation' in the lobby of West Hollywood's Standard Hotel. When Lilibet Snellings moved to Los Angeles at age 22, she quickly became a "slash": a writer/editor/actress/model/waitress/Box Girl. Show More Summary

Chris Pavone's 'The Accident' fuses literary world, spy craft

Chris Pavone mines his experience in the publishing industry and layers on intrigue in a spy thriller with characters from his novel 'The Expats.' No advice is more confusing to writers than "write what you know." Taken to its solipsistic...Show More Summary

'Dragnet Nation' looks at the hidden systems that are always looking at you

'Dragnet Nation' by Julia Angwin examines how a data-driven economy created a constantly surveilled society where security and market research trump privacy and personal information. To understand how much commerce has changed in recent years, consider a simple trip to the grocery store. Show More Summary

Walter Kirn befriends a con man in 'Blood Will Out'

As chronicled in 'Blood Will Out,' a faux Rockefeller fooled author Walter Kirn for years until it became clear Christian Gerhartsreiter was a liar and a killer. Walter Kirn's new profile of the serial liar and convicted murderer known as "Clark Rockefeller" is no ordinary work of true crime and literary journalism.

Elmore Leonard's library, furniture to be sold in estate sale

What’s left behind when a writer dies? Well, his furniture, of course. The ottoman where he rested his feet after a day’s work. The big chair where he sat to read, the lamp nearby. And, of course, his books.

Can bestseller lists be bought?

Every author wants a bestselling book -- and those who can pay for the services of ResultSource Inc. just might get one. The company describes itself as "a boutique marketing firm that works with today’s thought leaders to build bestsellers," which it has.  

'How We Die' author Sherwin B. Nuland dies at 83

Sherwin B. Nuland, physician and author of the book "How We Die," died Monday at his home in Hamden, Conn., at age 83. He had been afflicted with prostate cancer, his daughter Amelia Nuland said.

The 2014 PEN-Faulkner finalists are announced

The 2014 PEN-Faulkner Awards announced its five finalists Wednesday. Dubbing the winner "a first among equals," prize money is awarded to all five: the winner will get $15,000 and each runner-up $5,000.

Denis Johnson is back, with first published story in years

I’ve been waiting for Denis Johnson to write more short fiction. His 1992 collection “Jesus’ Son,” which gathers 11 linked stories about a recovering drug addict, is one of the signal achievements of contemporary American literature, a book so spare and beautiful and knowing that it makes my eyes weep blood.

'12 Years a Slave' prompts a newspaper correction--161 years later

After the movie “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday night, writer Rebecca Skloot took to the New York Times website to read that paper's original 1853 article about the freed slave Solomon Northup.

Festival of Books announces participating authors

The L.A. Times Festival of Books announced on Tuesday the names of the hundreds of authors who will  participate in the annual event. Taking place at USC, the Festival of Books is one of the largest literary festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 150,000 attendees. The 2014 Festival of Books will be held April 12 and 13.

Ingram buys CourseSmart, consolidating e-book textbook companies

Ingram's VitalSource Technologies has acquired CourseSmart, consolidating two of the largest companies providing textbooks as e-books, Publishers Weekly reports.

Did Shakespeare write that? Forsooth, take our quiz

"Beware the Ides of March!" the soothsayer warns in William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar." When the day comes around, Caesar is stabbed by his enemies and friends, prompting him to ask, "Et tu, Brute?" before dying. Both quotesShow More Summary

Indie author tries and fails to drop out of Tournament of Books

There was a dust-up at the Tournament of Books on Monday when the site was informed that author Scott McClanahan was withdrawing his novel "Hill William" from the competition. The unusual and oblique notice came via a Facebook post by McClanahan, shared by someone else in the comments of the ToB's Monday post about its upcoming annual literary showdown.

Yale Younger Poets Prize goes to Ansel Elkins

Ansel Elkins has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Yale Younger Poets Prize. The competition is among the oldest literary awards in the U.S.

A taste of George R.R. Martin's 'The Winds of Winter'

George R.R. Martin's bestselling "A Song of Ice and Fire" series has found even more readers with HBO's adaptation, "Game of Thrones." Martin's next much-anticipated installment, "The Winds of Winter," is coming -- it has to be. Entertainment Weekly has the book's first paragraph.

Yiyun Li's 'Kinder Than Solitude' deals with poisoned past in China

Yiyun Li takes us back to the months after Tiananmen Square and to a fatal poisoning. It's personal, not political. Yiyun Li begins her second novel, "Kinder Than Solitude," in a place of endings: a crematorium. The time is the present,...Show More Summary

Teen hero of 'Half Bad' holds the magic

Not Just For Kids: Grit, loyalty and gentleness cast a spell more captivating than the warring witches and sinister sorcery of Sally Green's 'Half Bad.' Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by...Show More Summary

South Carolina lawmakers OK college funding cuts over gay-themed books

South Carolina lawmakers voted Wednesday to cut $69,000 in funding to two public universities that had assigned gay-themed books as reading for incoming students.

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