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July 6, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Sonny Barger is not a religious man. But riding motorcycles is "as good a religion as any and probably better than most," says the Hells Angels icon. Meditative and transcendent, motorcycling focuses the mind, he says, and requires devotion. At 71, Barger has spent six decades riding bikes and 53 years as a member of the country's best-known outlaw motorcycle club. Now he's spreading the gospel of two wheels with his sixth book, "Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling, How to Ride the Right Way — for Life," co-written with Darwin Holmstrom.
April 25, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
BET, which in the last few years has moved forward with its first scripted comedies and a drama, is now moving into the miniseries arena. The cable outlet will produce a six-part miniseries, "The Book of Negroes," a historical drama based on the prize-winning novel by Lawrence Hill. The project will star Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis. PHOTOS: Stories that leapt from big to small screen (and vice versa) The miniseries will revolve around Aminita Diallo, an 11-year-old girl living in a West Africa village who is kidnapped and sent to South Carolina as a slave.
May 6, 2010
The Men Who Would Be King An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks Nicole LaPorte Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 544 pp., $28
April 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two of Hollywood's hottest actresses, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Marvel heroine Scarlett Johansson, could be uniting for Disney's upcoming live-action and CGI hybrid adaptation of "The Jungle Book," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Nyong'o is in final negotiations to voice Raksha, a mother wolf who adopts the human orphan Mowgli, while Johansson is in earlier stages of talks to play the mesmerizing python Kaa, a secondary villain, the Reporter says . Jon Favreau, who worked with Johansson on "Iron Man 2" and the upcoming culinary comedy "Chef," is directing "The Jungle Book.
December 11, 2009
Glenn Ligon: Off Book Where: Regen Projects II, 9016 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood When: Saturday to Jan. 23 Price: Free Contact:, (310) 276-5424
January 15, 2010
'The Book of Eli' MPAA rating: R for some brutal violence and language Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes Playing: In general release
September 27, 2013
Re "School board rescinds ban on 'Invisible Man,'" Sept. 26 What year is this again? Since when are we still trying to ban books in high schools? Sadly, this doesn't seem to be completely extinct in the South - and for a book on racism! Did the members of the Randolph County, N.C., school board that banned and then reinstated "Invisible Man" even read this work of literary acclaim? We finally have an African American president, but some still embrace racism in this country. If my children were students in Randolph County, I would either run for the board or move.
January 23, 2010
Book cover's about-face For the second time in less than a year, Bloomsbury USA has put a white girl on the cover of a book that's about a girl of color. First it was Justine Larbalestier's "Liar," which has an African American protagonist. This time, the book is "Magic Under Glass" by Jaclyn Dolamore. The romantic fantasy features Nimira, a brown-skinned protagonist, but the figure on the cover that was shipped to stores is white. Now it's being withdrawn, the publisher's website says, because "the jacket design has caused offense and we apologize for our mistake.
April 20, 2010
Rough Justice The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Peter Elkind Portfolio: 320 pp., $26.95
December 2, 2010
Brad Elterman book release party Where: LeadApron, 8445 Melrose Place, L.A. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday Price: Free Info: (323) 782-1888;
April 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you want to make like a local when you travel this summer, choose your reading material carefully. Travelers visiting Sweden should pick up a copy of "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke. Those who are Brazil-bound might reach for the heal th guide " Superfoods " by Meryl Joseph. That's the word on reading picks and habits from users of Scribd , the Netflix -like book lending company that compiled pages read, reading time and geographic data from users worldwide to create a kind of reading map of the world.  In the U.S., the must-read book on Scribd is "Sh*t My Dad Says," by Justin Halpern . Other top books, by country, include: --Denmark: "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho --Croatia: "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," by William L. Shirer --Italy: "Beethoven Sonatas and the Creative Experience," by Kenneth O. Drake --The Netherlands: "The One-Minute Organizer," by Donna Smallin The fastest readers appear to be in Germany, followed by the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Malaysia.
April 24, 2014 | By John Horn
NEW YORK - As parents of young girls and as two of Hollywood's most prolific producers, Kathy Kennedy and Frank Marshall believed that "Columbine," journalist Dave Cullen's exhaustive investigation of the 1999 school massacre, contained compelling and often untold stories that needed to be shared with a larger audience. So when the book was published five years ago, the producers of "Lincoln" and "The Bourne Identity" purchased its rights, hoping to turn "Columbine" into a feature directed by "The Social Network's" David Fincher.
April 24, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
A decade ago, as a foreign correspondent traveling through South America, I witnessed cellphone technology's march across the globe-- to a remote corner of the Peruvian Amazon, where even tricycle taxi drivers had them.   Now smartphone technology is completing its own conquest of the developing world. Handheld devices that allow you to browse the Web, or read a book, are now ubiquitous in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. This week, UNESCO reports on an unexpected consequence of the smartphone revolution: People with limited access to books are reading more, thanks to those tiny, portable screens.
April 23, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
In her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren accuses California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari of lying to her when he led the taxpayer-funded federal bank bailout. Warren, a Democrat, served as chair of the bipartisan Congressional Oversight Panel that was created in 2008 to scrutinize the $700-billion Troubled Assets Relief Program. In her book, released Tuesday, Warren writes that members of the panel had grown “deeply concerned” that within seven weeks of the law's passage, $172 billion in taxpayer funds had been committed to various banks with little oversight.
April 23, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Move over, "Fifty Shades of Grey. " Instead of romance, a book by French economist Thomas Piketty on income inequality and capitalism is the No. 1 best-selling book on Piketty's "Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century" is generating so much interest among economists and policy makers that it's temporarily out of stock on Amazon. PHOTOS: The 10 richest people in the world At nearly 700 pages, it's not a book for beach reading by casual readers -- unless a mix of dense economic data and history is your thing.  Piketty examined decades of historical data from 20 countries to compare income inequality over time and concluded that the U.S. economy has seen the wealth of the 1% grow to dizzying new heights.
April 23, 2014 | By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times
Elizabeth Warren's ninth book is a campaign biography with a twist. Warren, who emerged as a national figure during the early days of the financial crisis, rapidly became a star of the Democratic Party's liberal-populist wing. Her 2012 Senate campaign in Massachusetts attracted so much money and attention that admirers began talking her up as a presidential candidate even before she won. "A Fighting Chance" could easily fit as the next step toward that goal. It weaves her life story and political manifesto in the classic manner of books designed to accompany a run for office.
June 24, 2010
The center of L.A.'s African American arts and culture scene is home to the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair, giving book lovers a chance to engage with favorite authors and to discover new ones. The fair features readings, signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, stage performances, live music and a children's village. Vision Theatre backlot, 4300 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Free. (323) 730-0628.
December 24, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may likely make a New Year's resolution related to books. You might announce that you will read a great book that's defeated you before. “I will read 'Ulysses' this year,” you might say, as I will this New Year's Eve. Over at "The Spectator," they've rounded up a bunch of writers who've made that kind of promise to themselves and then regretted it. They've tried to read that great book, and given up. They've decided, finally, that the problem isn't them -- it's the book.
April 22, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
With her latest "Have You Seen Marie?," Sandra Cisneros has written a picture book for adults (and kids too). It's not what readers expected from Cisneros, who leaped onto the literary scene in 1984 with "The House on Mango Street" and continued with an acclaimed literary career. Her 1991 collection, "Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories," was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize; her many awards include a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Creating an illustrated book, she tells the L.A. Times' Hector Tobar, was a little like working on a film.
April 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
You'd think giving away books would be an easy thing to do, but Melissa Eggerling tries to put a lot of creativity and a bit of theater into the act. On Wednesday, Eggerling will be one of 800 Southern Californians participating as "givers" in World Book Night, a program designed to distribute free books to people who might not read them otherwise. Last year Eggerling and her two young sons took boxes filled with the novel "Fahrenheit 451" and distributed them from a Los Angeles city fire truck in Eagle Rock.
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