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Two Americans make the cut for the Man Booker shortlist

When the Man Booker Prize announced its shortlist of finalists Tuesday, two American writers made the cut from the previously announced longlist of 13. Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout” and Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Eileen” are in the running for the $65,000 prize for a single work of fiction, which will be...

Astronaut Scott Kelly has a memoir - and a movie - on the way

Astronaut Scott Kelly's memoir won't be published for more than a year, but the movie rights have already been snapped up by producers Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Sony Pictures has obtained the rights to Kelly's "Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey...

Fall literary preview: 6 terrific L.A. events

Sometimes a book is not enough. This fall, several fantastic authors — great storytellers all — will be coming to Los Angeles to share their work. Here’s a selection of events not to be missed. Sept. 16 Colson Whitehead Colson Whitehead’s new novel, “The Underground Railroad,” imagines a black...

J.D. Salinger home to host cartoonist residency

J.D. Salinger was such a recluse that the idea of living in his house seems fantastically impossible. But for cartoonists, it’s not: A new residency will launch at his old house in Cornish, N.H., in early 2017. Salinger is no longer there, of course. The famed author of “The Catcher in the Rye,”...

Mike Love's memoir 'Good Vibrations' recalls the Beach Boys harmonies and strife

Mike Love is acutely aware that he is perceived as a villain. In his new autobiography, “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” Love puts the conventional public framing of his relationship to his cousin and musical collaborator Brian Wilson simply: “For those who believe that Brian walks on...

How Sean Wilentz's history 'The Politicians and the Egalitarians' resonates

A clear fault line emerged in the Democratic Party primaries leading up to the 2008 presidential election.  Sen. Barack Obama, a former community organizer, ran as the head of, inspirer of, voice of a political movement: His campaign rallying cry, “Yes, we can” summoned the power of popular demand;...

Teju Cole on knowns, unknowns and 'Known and Strange Things'

Teju Cole delights in following his curiosity to unexpected places. He is lively, funny and more of a rambler than his concise writing would suggest, prone to amusing tangents — about, for instance, his ability to detect whether someone prefers Rihanna or Beyonce. “I am cool on the page and animated...

What went wrong in Israel? Milton Viorst's 'Zionism' grapples with a fractious history

For years after David Ben-Gurion triumphantly declared its establishment in May 1948, the state of Israel was widely admired around the world as a spirited, resolute and self-reliant young nation — one that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust, that tamed the harsh desert, that beat back five Arab...

'The Neverending Story' Google Doodle turns fantasy fancy with 3-D parallax look

Google seems to be telling us all to get lost — in a book. The search engine is honoring “The Neverending Story” on Thursday with a Google Doodle marking the 37tjh anniversary of the publication of the children’s book. The 1979 children's fantasy novel is a book-within-a-book written by Michael...

With joyless prose about joyless people, Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am' is kitsch at best

A confession: I cried reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel. I’ve never admitted that before, not even to my wife. Well, it’s true, babe. There I was, on the uptown C train as it rattled through Manhattan, shedding tears into “Everything Is Illuminated” as the shtetl Trachimbrod loses its...

A charming, witty introduction to a 'Stranger' a la Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder, the star of classic films including “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Young Frankenstein,” has died at age 83. Here is a 2005 review of his memoir from The Times: Gene Wilder's frank, charming memoir, "Kiss Me Like a Stranger," is refreshingly free from the two major sins...

Colson Whitehead's 'The Underground Railroad' is timely, necessary and shattering

It’s hard to make your way through the Underground Railroad. And when you finally do — after days, weeks, months submerged in its acrid darkness, soundless and shattered, with only bouts of desperate, fitful sleep — you come up to the light, stand still in the open air and wait for the next instance...

Raised in California and living in Seoul, novelist Krys Lee wrestles with Korean identities

Standing in the heart of Koreatown, novelist Krys Lee is turned around.  Was this direction to the Korean market to which her family made a pilgrimage every weekend, and her mother would rent her cache of Korean videotapes? Which way was the tofu restaurant she and her pastor father walked to countless...

Tama Janowitz memoir 'Scream' is strangely lacking; Elizabeth Hand reviews

Bright lights, big hair: Once upon a time, in a gallery somewhere in Alphabet City, you might have glimpsed the 1980s NYC literati swilling champagne and snorting Bolivian marching powder under the gleeful gaze of photogs from Interview, the Soho Weekly News and the New York Post’s Page 6. Dubbed...

Donald Trump's campaign spent $50,000 on his latest book

The Donald Trump campaign spent more than $50,000 to buy copies of the candidate's most recent book, an Federal Election Commission filing shows. The Daily Beast reports that the Trump campaign spent $55,055 at Barnes & Noble on Trump’s book on May 10. The bulk purchase was of Trump’s latest book,...

Do you love 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' enough to buy author Truman Capote's ashes?

It's not uncommon for literary fans to snap up mementos of their favorite authors in auctions: letters, early manuscripts, even typewriters. But it takes a special kind of admirer to place a bid on an author's ashes. A Los Angeles-based auction house is hoping it can find a Truman Capote fan willing...

Terry McMillan is as charming as the characters in her new book, 'I Almost Forgot About You'

It’s not often that a writer possesses genuine name recognition, but  Terry McMillan, the author of such novels as “Waiting to Exhale,” “How Stella Got her Groove Back” and, most recently, “I Almost Forgot About You” (Random House: 368 pp., $27), is an exception to the rule. I’m the first to arrive...

In 'Uproot,' Jace Clayton takes a worldwide tour of the digital underground

In the spring of 1932, King Fuad I convened the Cairo Congress of Arab Music. The stated goal: “reviving and systematizing Arab music so that it will rise upon an artistic foundation, as did Western music earlier.” The advent of phonographs and radios meant that foreign music had begun to circulate...

Bulky, heavy, pricey - yet flourishing. Art catalogs keep print alive in the digital era

As far as art books go, “Matisse in the Barnes Foundation,” published last year by Thames & Hudson, is pretty exquisite: Three hardback volumes, totaling 894 pages, that tell the story of the works that are a bedrock of the Barnes Foundation collection in Philadelphia. The books come in a special...

Barnes & Noble CEO Ronald D. Boire dismissed; Leonard Riggio postpones retirement

Struggling bookseller Barnes & Noble says its chief executive officer is departing after just a year in office. The company's board says it determined Ronald D. Boire was not a good fit for the company and it is in the “best interests of all parties” for him to step down. The company did not give...

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