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L.A. author Da Chen, who is appearing at Book Soup tomorrow, answered some questions on his new novel My Last Empress for our Ask the Author column.
L.A. author Dustin Thomason wrote the bestseller The Rule of Four with Ian Caldwell. He's now going solo with 12.21, published in August, about a doctor trying to save civilization from destruction on Dec. 21, 2012, which is when the world will supposedly end, according to the Maya calendar. Publish ... More >>
Jonathan Tropper's last novel, This Is Where I Leave You (2009), become a New York Times bestseller.
Tonight he's signing his new book One Last Thing Before I Go -- about a drummer in a one-hit wonder rock band who now plays weddings -- at The Grove's Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m.
Here's our "Ask the A ... More >>
Every week writers for L.A. Weekly and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant magazine-style feature writing--a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime An ... More >>
Tom Lutz is one happy man. He has every reason to be.
This morning, Lutz watched as the online literary behemoth that he founded, the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), finally launched its new website. With more than 250 contributors, including Jonathan Lethem, T.C. Boyle, Jane Smiley, Jeffrey Eu ... More >>
What exactly is a Mormon cookbook? Yeah, we wondered, too. And so we requested a copy of The Essential Mormon Cookbook by Julie Badger Jensen from the Deseret Book Company, a publisher in Salt Lake City (the book was originally published in 2004; the Kindle edition was just released earlier this yea ... More >>
Clean Plates Los Angeles 2012: A Guide to the Healthiest Tastiest and Most Sustainable Restaurants for Vegetarians and Carnivores, released last week by New York City-based "health coach" Jared Koch, is more than another list of restaurant recommendations. First, the book's 52-page "Design Your Ow ... More >>
Ziman's first novel, The Gray Zone, published by Greenleaf Book Group Press in June 2011.
Local author Daphna Edwards Ziman garnered a lot of attention for socially aware novel The Gray Zone, which chronicled the fate of kids put in the American foster care system via a fast-paced thriller o ... More >>
Rasputina at Key ClubWHO: Rasputina
WHERE: Key Club
Better Than... Your kid sister's recital.
Russian religious icon Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin has long been a great source of intrigue, fear and inspiration, and one of those inspirations is New York-based act Rasputina.
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This just in from the "humanity isn't as screwed as we think" department: people read books. A new USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll says 80 percent of Californians surveyed have read at least one book in the last month, and 40 percent have read three.
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LA Times Festival of Books
Next weekend, April 30th through May 1st, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrates the book. You know, those text-y files you download and read on your Kindle or iPad or, as they were once known, those pieces of papers inked on both sides with words, bound ... More >>
With the year coming to a close, we're heading off the inevitable barrage of "best" lists coming your way with one that will actually be useful and problem solving (a holiday gift guide for the music lover in your life, that's not actually music... or a t-shirt). Buy 'em a book! iPad and Kin ... More >>
This Saturday, Apple will begin selling the much-hyped iPad and new users of the tablet device will begin wondering, how am I going to protect my new, expensive gadget. L.A. DJs Derek Michael and Lee Doerr think they have the answer and it's called iBallz.
Consisting of four balls attached ... More >>
Collectible Spoons of the Third Reich, by James YannesBooks aren't dead, they're just getting weirder. Maybe blame Jeff Bezos, who admits reading his Kindle in the bathtub. The Diagram prize, a prize established in 1978 by the trade magazine The Bookseller for oddest book title, just announce ... More >>
When death of your industry becomes default small talk in the conference lobby and every media related conversation devolves into something along the lines of "how do we save the Los Angeles Times?" you know things are not boding well. Perhaps this is why media buyers (the typically underpaid twenty ... More >>
You broke media. Please fix.
Thanks in advance,
As eyeballs flock to the Internet without a reciprocal shift in advertising revenue, the online world is scrambling for a new business model that reflects the potential and reach of online marketing. As traditional medi ... More >>
Book Expo America is supposed to be "for the trade" only. So says the program. That is a move in the wrong direction. Book events, especially the massive spectacle ones, should be inclusionary rather than exclusionary. How else are we going to regain the sense of reading as a fun, sexy thing to do ... More >>