April 30, 2013 |
Antoine Wilson joined L.A. Times features editor Alice Short at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk about his novel "Panorama City," which features a naive, or slow, narrator named Oppen Porter. It's "A Southern California 'Candide' ... or 'Gilead' meets 'The Jerk,'" Wilson explains in his elevator pitch. Why Panorama City? "I'm mainly interested in writing about Los Angeles because I live here," Wilson says. "I wanted a piece of L.A. that hadn't been covered. Panorama City is a place a lot of people in L.A. don't even necessarily know exists.
July 21, 2013
The 'Fantasy' that is Portugal This is just a quick thank you for the deliciously written tale "Fantasy Fix" by Alice Short [July 14], about the short trip to two of my favorite places close to my heart and hometown (Óbidos). I just shared it on Facebook, trying to raise my U.K. mates' awareness of my country's potential to please them, although they crave only the Algarve sunny beaches. Paulo Belo Submitted by email "Fantasy Fix" had little to do with travel in Portugal, as it focused primarily on breakfast, lunch and dinner.
October 30, 1994 |
Long after her books end, Alice Munro's characters live on in the mind like cranky, cheek-pinching relatives from childhood. Once you've read her, you can't forget Flo from the 1977 story collection, "The Beggar Maid"--stubborn, fiercely proud, with her work-scuffed knees, flowered aprons and penchant for warning people to "get out of my road"? Then there's Addie Jordan, a.k.a.
March 15, 2013 |
Jodi Picoult is a familiar name to those of us who race through the Hudson News stores at LAX just before we board a plane. We are smug in our certainty - we know what we're getting when we pluck one of her novels from the pile. Her prose goes down easy, and she fills her stories with characters confronted by moral quandaries and life-changing decisions. That's certainly the case in "The Storyteller," which opens with the narration of Sage Singer, a lonely young baker who befriends a 95-year-old man in her grief support group.
February 17, 1997 |
Leo Wolinsky, Metro editor of The Times, and John Lindsay, executive editor of the Calendar section, have been named assistant managing editors, Times Editor Shelby Coffey III and Managing Editor Michael Parks announced. Senior Editor Carol Stogsdill will take on paper-wide responsibilities for a variety of cross-jurisdictional topics, with welfare reform and education being initial ventures.
November 9, 2012 |
Dear Life Stories Alice Munro Knopf: 336 pp., $26.95 Alice Munro's short stories are often said to resemble novels. It's not just the density of life she crams into them - it's also their length. Inching into novella territory, the long title stories of her last three collections, "Runaway" (2004), "The View from Castle Rock" (2006) and "Too Much Happiness" (2009), explored the exurbs of the short story form. The casually impeccable stories in her latest collection, "Dear Life," are somewhat more traditional in that they are largely focused on a defining episode of a character's life.