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Why you should be reading poet Layli Long Soldier

The best poetry debuts are often lexicons. You can see a poet’s career in the words they use. How eerie to recall that the word “suicide” appears on Page 1 of Sylvia Plath’s “The Colossus and Other Poems” or that Ai’s “Cruelty” opens with a vision of entrapment. “You keep me waiting in a truck,"...

An archaeologist looks at our lives in cities, over millenniums

In 'Built on Bones: 15,000 Years of Urban Life and Death,' archaeologist Brenna Hassett has a new take on human civilization.

Love is a wound, or something like that, in Haruki Murakami's new collection, 'Men Without Women'

In the title story for his new collection, “Men Without Women,” Haruki Murakami has his unnamed, middle-aged narrator receive a phone call at 3 in the morning informing him that his ex-girlfriend M. has committed suicide. The call surprises the narrator for several reasons. First, M. is the third...

Jane Goodall responds to being quoted in Ivanka Trump's book 'Women Who Work'

Jane Goodall, the anthropologist and chimpanzee expert known for her advocacy of conservation and animal welfare, responded to being quoted in Ivanka Trump's new book, the Washington Post reports. Trump included a quote from Goodall in her recently released “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules...

Paula Hawkins on 'Into the Water,' her follow up to 'The Girl on the Train'

Paula Hawkins discusses her second psychological thriller, "Into the Water," her latest book following "The Girl on the Train."

How I learned the art of the interview from Jean Stein in the wake of the L.A. riots

On a summer break in the early 1990s, a friend passed me a well-thumbed copy of Jean Stein’s “Edie: An American Biography,” an oral history about the life of Edie Sedgwick, the socialite-bohemian who’d been a fixture at Andy Warhol’s Factory studio. I didn’t know a thing about Sedgwick at the time....

Will a romance novelist be the next governor of Georgia?

If Georgia Democrats get their way, the next governor of the state might be a prolific author of romance novels. Stacey Abrams, the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, filed paperwork Tuesday for a gubernatorial run, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Abrams says she...

Tucker Carlson lands an eight-figure, two-book deal with Threshold Editions

Tucker Carlson's star isn't only rising on television. The Fox News host and longtime conservative commentator has a two-book deal with Threshold Editions, the publisher told the Associated Press on Tuesday. No details were immediately available about the books by Carlson, who has become one of...

Ivanka Trump's new book came out today. Here's how it compares to her 2009 debut

Ivanka Trump's first foray into self-help writing came in 2009 with “The Trump Card,” a breezy compilation of workplace advice, stories about her deal-maker dad and a hefty dose of celebrity name-dropping. But in her second book, released Tuesday, Trump has gone from sassy to serious. “Women Who...

New spring nonfiction dips into social issues and politics

New spring nonfiction includes James Forman Jr.'s 'Locking up Our Own' and Sheryl Sandberg's 'Option B' with Adam Grant.

Patricia Lockwood likes to write in bed. 'Priestdaddy' is her memoir

Patricia Lockwood became a famous poet on the Internet, a statement that raises many questions: Is “famous poet” even a thing? Isn’t poetry a stodgy and dignified endeavor, more suited to print magazines like the New Yorker than ephemeral, frivolous spaces like Twitter? And how was it that some...

Antonia Honeywell's novel 'The Ship' asks what happens when we get everything we thought we wanted

The thought of getting on a ship and leaving our civilization behind, with all its faults and drawbacks, may seem appealing in the current political climate. However, as Antonia Honeywell shows in her debut novel, “The Ship,” it comes with its own complications. Sixteen-year-old Lalla lives in...

Jeff Vandermeer's new dystopian novel "Borne" is lyrical and harrowing; Elizabeth Hand reviews

“Borne,” Jeff Vandermeer’s lyrical and harrowing new novel, may be the most beautifully written, and believable, post-apocalyptic tale in recent memory: A considerable achievement, considering “Borne” features not just a near-future, nameless city; an enormous, sentient, cataclysmically destructive...

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will publish a book about sexual harassment

Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who left the network after allegedly being sexually harassed by its founding CEO, is writing a book about sexual harassment and female empowerment. Carlson’s exit, which included public allegations and a lawsuit, is one of the catalysts that has resulted...

'I Dreamed of Africa' author Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded in attack in Kenya

Kuki Gallmann, the environmentalist and author of the bestselling autobiography “I Dreamed of Africa,” was shot and severely injured in an attack at the conservation park she owns in Kenya. The BBC reports that Gallmann, 73, was airlifted to a hospital in Nairobi after being shot in the stomach...

The written word is under siege. A call to arms for all purveyors of truth

L.A. Times editor Davan Maharaj asks how truth has become so devalued and issues a challenge to journalists and authors.

Meet Chanelle Benz, whose debut book is 'The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead'

The stories in Chanelle Benz’s “The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead” are as disturbing and violent as the title indicates. The debut book explores rage and inhumanity in a variety of settings, including the Old West, 19th century England and contemporary Philadelphia. The collection begins with...

Jason Diamond on accidentally writing his memoir, 'Searching for John Hughes'

Jason Diamond on accidentally writing his memoir, 'Searching for John Hughes'

Read an excerpt of Lisa See's 'The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane'

In “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” at No. 2 on the L.A. Times bestseller list, Lisa See tells the story of a mother in a remote Chinese village who must give up a child born out of wedlock, alongside the girl’s life after being adopted by an American couple. In this passage, Li-yan, from the...

Jonathan Lethem on his new mega-literary, meta-literary collection

Jonathan Lethem's new book is 'More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers.' He's coming to the LA Times Festival of Books

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