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Hillary Clinton will publish a book of essays, including her thoughts on Donald Trump

It turns out Hillary Clinton has been doing more than just hiking in her free time. The former secretary of State has also been busy writing, and she'll release two new books this fall. Simon & Schuster will publish a collection of personal essays by the former Democratic presidential candidate,...

With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

“In a lot of ways, a country is like a family,” says Jade Chang. We’re seated across from one another at a table in her West Hollywood apartment, blithely laying slices of cold butter onto vegan banana bread and discussing her debut, bestselling novel, “The Wangs vs. the World,” which charts one...

Making your own house at Pooh corner — author A.A. Milne's home is for sale

In “The House at Pooh Corner,” Winnie the Pooh and Piglet and their friends decide to build a house for Eeyore, who has none.  Now the home of the man who wrote that and the other Pooh stories, A.A. Milne, could be yours. Cotchford Farm, where author A.A. Milne wrote the stories of Winnie the Pooh,...

Baileys no more: Women's prize for fiction is seeking a new sponsor

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is looking for a new sponsor and a new name, reports the Guardian. The British literary award, given annually to a novel written in English by a female author, is losing the sponsorship of Baileys, the liquor company best known for its Irish cream. The founder...

Rescued from history: The baseball teams of East Los Angeles

If you spend enough time getting to know a city, you’ll notice official and unofficial monuments of its history. On rare occasions, you might catch sight of grown men in crisp white and sky-blue uniforms kicking up clouds of dust at the diamond on 4th Street and Evergreen Avenue. This is part of...

Why read a 5-year-old book about ExxonMobil now? Two words: Rex Tillerson

If you want a deeper understanding of what has been inaugurated in Washington, read Steve Coll’s “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.” Rarely has a book been so profoundly and presciently relevant to events that would take place five years after its publication.  It is not just a book...

James Hamblin explains dimpleplasty while touring with his book 'If Our Bodies Could Talk'

“I read from the Death section at one of these [events] and it did not energize the room,” James Hamblin said Tuesday night to a small crowd at the Last Bookstore. The author of the new book “If Our Bodies Could Talk” — and host of the Atlantic’s popular video series of the same name — put his...

In the 1950s, Patricia Bosworth acted with the best, married the worst, and lost those she loved

Although Patricia Bosworth’s new memoir is set in the 1950s, it is urgent and essential reading, especially for young women. Parts of it are also terrifying. Bosworth, best known for biographies of Diane Arbus, Montgomery Clift, and Jane Fonda, intended her book to entertain, which it does, thanks...

Roxane Gay ankles Simon & Schuster over Milo Yiannopoulos

Bestselling author Roxane Gay has withdrawn a book from Simon & Schuster in protest of its deal with Milo Yiannopoulos. Gay, author of the bestselling essay collection “Bad Feminist” and the new short story collection “Difficult Women,” has pulled her forthcoming book from publisher Simon & Schuster...

Not an 'alternative fact': George Orwell's '1984' tops Amazon's bestseller list

The regime in George Orwell’s “1984” declared “War is Peace — Freedom is Slavery — Ignorance is Strength.” The dystopian fiction drew flocks of book buyers after Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s comment about “alternative facts.” The publisher of George Orwell's novel "1984" has ordered a 75,000...

American Library Assn.'s 2017 award winners include 'March: Book Three' by Rep. John Lewis

The American Library Assn. announced the winners of its annual prizes Sunday at its yearly meeting. Its top awards — the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz — and went to books by a  former teacher, a second-generation illustrator and a congressman and his co-authors. "March: Book Three,” created by...

Emily Fridlund's debut novel 'History of Wolves' is chilling, in a good way

Madeline Furston, first-person narrator of Emily Fridlund’s debut novel, “History of Wolves,” is hard to know. She’s called Linda at her middle school, but also Commie or Freak. She’s an only child, wears hand-me-downs from neighbors and lives in a cabin whose electricity comes from a generator,...

Skipping the inauguration on TV? Here are 10 other things to do

Elton John isn’t going. Moby declined. Dozens of Democrats, including civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. And now, legions of home viewers are following suit, boycotting the Friday event by changing the channel on their televisions or simply turning...

Finding out you have a hole in your heart: Joshua Mohr on his memoir 'Sirens'

Joshua Mohr is no stranger to second chances. In his new memoir, “Sirens” (Two Dollar Radio, $15.99 paper), he recounts not only his journey from addiction to recovery to relapse and back again, but the experience of suffering three strokes in his 30s, the last of which reveals that he has an 8-millimeter...

Ottessa Moshfegh's short story collection 'Homesick for Another World' wades into the ugliness of people

“Homesick for Another World” Ottessa Moshfegh Penguin Press: 304 pp., $26 That sound you hear? Packs of barking dogs, screaming sirens echoing through the hallowed halls of the literary patriarchy? That’s Ottessa Moshfegh and her debut collection of stories, “Homesick for Another World” setting...

Ivanka Trump's book on women and work is running late

Ivanka Trump is running late. Her book is, anyway. The release date for Trump's "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success" has been moved from March 7 to May 2, the Associated Press reports.  Trump's publisher, Portfolio, a Penguin Random House imprint that specializes in business-related...

The name of this library book returned 100 years late couldn't get any better

A patron recently returned an overdue library book in San Francisco — 100 years overdue. The title? “Forty Minutes Late.” In the end, “Forty Minutes Late” was returned to the library 52,560,000 minutes late. Webb Johnson returned the book, which was checked out in 1917 years ago by his great-grandmother,...

Alias Books in West L.A., which opened in 1959, is closing

One of Los Angeles’ oldest used bookstores, Alias Books, will close March 14 after 58 years in business. Owner Brian Paeper took over from original owner Ken Hyre in 2002. The two struck up a friendship when Paeper, who was considering leaving Los Angeles, went to Alias to sell his own books. He...

Kevin Starr will never be replaced: William Deverell remembers the historian and author

Kevin Starr mastered the stage whisper.  At a stiff faculty or committee meeting, and with twinkle in his eye, he’d bring a hand or a book to his mouth, and, thus poorly disguised, offer a thought, a bon mot, an impertinent question, or even a joke.  It was his version of sotto voce, but it came...

National Book Critics Circle announces finalists, but misses one of the biggest novels of 2016

The National Book Critics Circle selected the finalists in six categories and announced three other prizewinners Tuesday, but managed to miss one of the biggest books of 2016. “The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead has already won the National Book Award for fiction and been an Oprah pick...

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