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What happened on June 15, 2008








  • Family ties Tara Ison, Tara Ison is the author, most recently, of "The List."

  • Bestsellers

  • Say what? Irina Reyn, Irina Reyn's first novel, "What Happened to Anna K.," will be published in August.

  • The magic boy Donna Seaman, Donna Seaman is an editor for Booklist and host of the radio program "Open Books," at Her author interviews are collected in "Writers on the Air."

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • Straight to video Seth Greenland, Seth Greenland's second novel, "Shining City," will be published next month.

  • The offender Peter Richardson, Peter Richardson is the author of "American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams." His book on the history and influence of Ramparts magazine will be published next year.

  • Unspoken Andrew Ervin, Andrew Ervin's short story "The Phillie Phanatic" is featured in Fiction International.

  • Warped world Chris Abani, Chris Abani teaches at UC Riverside. His latest book is "Song For Night."

  • A lost world Richard Eder, Richard Eder, a former Times book critic, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.






  • Second thoughts JOEL PETT, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.

  • The pragmatist Lou Cannon, Lou Cannon has written five books about Ronald Reagan, including "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime."

  • Just plain spokes Robert Gottlieb, Robert Gottlieb's latest book is "Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City."

  • Safe and homegrown

  • The 'big-government man' Ethan Rarick, Ethan Rarick is the author of "California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown" and "Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West."

  • There's a difference

  • Two sides of the coin

  • Aid that helps

  • The negotiator Greg Lucas, Greg Lucas has been a California political writer and satirist for 20 years. He blogs at

  • The independent Jim Newton, Jim Newton is the editor of The Times' editorial pages and the author of "Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made."

  • Stop riding him

  • Half the story?

  • America isn't over Ted Widmer, Ted Widmer, a former speechwriter for President Clinton, directs the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. His next book, "Ark of the Liberties: America and the World," will be published in July.

  • A Perot moment

  • The beasts within Neil Shubin, Neil Shubin is a professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago and provost of the Field Museum. He is the author of "Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body."

  • In China, the game has changed Victor D. Cha, Victor D. Cha is director of Asian studies at Georgetown University and adjunct senior fellow at the Pacific Council for International Policy. He is the author of the forthcoming book "Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia."

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