Blog Profile / LA Times: Books


URL :http://www.latimes.com/books/
Filed Under:Entertainment / Books
Posts on Regator:7843
Posts / Week:16
Archived Since:March 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Bob Dylan will (finally) accept his Nobel Prize this weekend in Stockholm — on his own terms, of course

Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize in literature this weekend, but will receive the medal and diploma on his own terms: while he's on the road in Europe. Last year, the singer and songwriter famously declined to accept the award in person, citing prior engagements. On Wednesday, Swedish...

A new book from the long-gone Jeff Buckley

The handwritten journals of Jeff Buckley, the singer-songwriter who died tragically in 1997 at age 30, will be reproduced in a forthcoming book from Da Capo Press. Rolling Stone reports that “Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice” is scheduled to be published in spring 2019, months before the 25th anniversary...

Barry Jenkins says adapting 'The Undergound Railroad' for Amazon 'absolutely has to be done the right way'

Barry Jenkins conquered the film world with “Moonlight,” the small-budget movie with the big heart that won best picture at last month’s Academy Awards. And now Jenkins is ready for his next challenge. Amazon announced Monday that it is developing an hourlong limited drama series based on Colson...

Iconic alt-art space Machine Project launching retrospective book with a free 'extravaganza'

“Burritos n’ Beats.” “Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane.” “The Hidden Life of Garbage.” “Urban Cat Architecture.” “Op-Art Handball.” It may sound like fridge-magnet poetry, but it’s actually a sampling of the weird and wonderful events that Machine Project, Echo Park’s iconic alternative art space,...

'True Blood' author Charlaine Harris will launch a new fantasy series set in a fractured America

Charlaine Harris, whose Sookie Stackhouse books inspired the television series “True Blood,” will release the first book in a new trilogy next year. Harris' novel “Texoma” will be published in fall 2018 by Saga Press, a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Simon & Schuster, the publisher announced...

A man becomes impossibly pedantic and gets a reality TV show in 'The One-Eyed Man' by Ron Currie Jr.

The celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had an idea last June: Instead of squabbling about politics based on our emotions, wouldn’t it be great if everybody just stuck to the facts? Confident that such a notion would have broad appeal, Tyson tweeted a hashtagged call to arms: “Earth needs...

Chet Cunningham, author who defied writer's block by churning out 450 books, dies at 88

Chet Cunningham didn’t believe in writer’s block. The San Diego author’s catalog of 450 published books — Westerns, thrillers, military history, medical guides — included one that he wrote in less than a week because a publishing house was desperate to fill an unexpected hole in its production...

Winner of the Prix Goncourt, 'Compass' by Mathias Enard is brilliant and frustrating

Mathias Enard’s first novel published in English, “Zone” (2010), takes the form of a 500-page-long sentence, the internal monologue of a French Croatian spy on a train to the Vatican to sell a trove of secrets. His second, “Street of Thieves” (2014), is told from the point of view of a young Moroccan...

Rigoberto González on being in the bittersweet club of professionals of color

The first time I realized I had joined the exclusive bittersweet club for professionals of color was at the dinner held in my honor after giving my first reading as a published author. Picture it: Toledo, Ohio, 1999. I knew this was the first of many such social gatherings in which my hosts would...

Got writer's block? Lin-Manuel Miranda has a playlist for you

If you’re afflicted with writer's block, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn't want you throwing away your shot — and he's made a Spotify playlist to help you put pen to paper. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright revealed his literary-themed playlist, titled "Write Your Way Out," on Spotify...

Curator Nato Thompson shines a light on art and the culture wars in 'Culture as Weapon'

We live in an era in which image memes are lobbed as political salvos. In which security is “theater” and defining who controls the “narrative” in a world of facts and alternative facts is the daily bread of the hot-take class. In which words are bombs, delivered in 140-character installments in...

The mystery of the steak sauce in the library (hint: Make it A.1.)

Who's leaving empty A.1. steak sauce bottles in an Ohio library? A public library in Ohio has launched a high-steaks investigation (ar ar) after workers discovered dozens of empty A.1. bottles stashed in their stacks. Employees of the Avon Lake, Ohio, library found the first bottle in their building...

Biographer Robert Caro will release his next book — on audio only — in May

Robert A. Caro, the author best known for his award-winning multi-volume biography of Lyndon B. Johnson, will release his next book exclusively in an audio format, the Associated Press reports. “On Power,” the celebrated biographer's sixth book, will be published on May 9 by Audible, the Amazon-owned...

A co-working space for working writers

At the end of a steep driveway, perched above the shops and restaurants of Silver Lake’s Hyperion Avenue, author Janelle Brown stands at the entrance of a cantilevered Midcentury Modern building, its glass walls cross-hatched with metal sash windows like a translucent Rubik’s cube. It’s the kind...

Trump wants to cut NEA funding; literary Twitter reacts

As if literature needs any more trouble, The National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block. The 2018 budget blueprint, released Thursday morning by the Trump administration, eliminates funding for the NEA, National Endowment for the Humanities and 17 other independent agencies. Unlike...

Double bubble trouble: John Scalzi on living in two Americas

As a writer of liberalish tendencies, and one with an active — meaning, loud — political and social presence online, I am often accused (particularly on Twitter, the Wild West of social media) of being a “coastal elite.” Which is to say, one of those latte-drinking multiculturalists loitering in...

The L.A. Times book festival schedule, tickets, and Innovator's Award winner announced

The schedule and lineup for the 22nd annual L.A. Times Festival of Books is being unveiled Thursday morning. The Festival of Books will take place April 22-23 on the campus of USC. Featured authors appearing at the festival include Margaret Atwood, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Saunders, T.C. Boyle,...

Mohsin Hamid's 'Exit West' imagines a new way out for refugees

In a world swarming with refugees, a world of travel bans, extreme vetting and giant walls, imagine mysterious black doors that transport defenseless refugees from war-torn cities to the safety of San Francisco and London. No overcrowded dinghies, no life vests, no Aylan Kurdis washing ashore....

In his novel 'White Tears,' Hari Kunzru delves into the blues, white appropriation and our violent past

What do we owe to a violent past? It’s a question that strikes at the heart of Hari Kunzru’s new novel, “White Tears,” despite its seemingly jocular and innocuous premise: Seth and Carter, two hipster audiophiles and Blues record collectors in Brooklyn, scrape together found audio of an unknown...

Is Amazon is planning a brick-and-mortar bookstore in L.A.?

Amazon, the online mega-retailer, may have its sights set on Los Angeles as the location for another of its brick-and-mortar bookstores. Local real estate brokers say the company has been scouting locations for a possible L.A. bookstore, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported. Amazon had no...

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC