July 26, 2012
BOOKS Comedian Jeff Garlin's reading group will convene at Book Soup to discuss Don Winslow's novel "Savages. " A suspenseful thriller "Savages" chronicles the dangerous struggle between young kingpins and the ever-powerful Mexican drug cartel. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 6 p.m. Sat. Free. (310) 659-3110; http://www.booksoup.com.
July 24, 2012 |
Does anyone really know what heaven looks like? For ages, artists have expressed their interpretations on canvas and authors have penned numerous books on their journeys to the hereafter. Recent titles include Mary C. Neal's “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story” and Todd Burpo's “Heaven Is for Real,” which spent 70 weeks on the L.A. Times bestsellers list. In the story of a 4-year-old boy's visit to heaven during emergency surgery, the artwork of 8-year-old Akiane Kramarik (who also had a near-death experience)
July 18, 2012 |
Author J.K. Rowling has reached a level of popularity few writers will ever see. Her seven-book "Harry Potter" series, while written for children, soared onto bestseller lists. Hollywood's successful film adaptations have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. And Forbes tallies Rowling's net worth at over $1 billion. Even that, however, is not enough to guarantee artistic success. In September, Rowling will publish her first novel for adults. "The Casual Vacancy" is a mystery set in suburban England; publisher Little, Brown describes the 512-page novel as "a big book about a small town.
June 28, 2012
BOOKS Authors of "The Nanny Diaries" Emma McLaughlin and Nicole Krauss switch gears with the new novel "Between You and Me," which focuses on the dark side of fame in a manner that will look familiar to those who have kept a watchful eye on the up-and-down arc of Britney Spears. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywod. 7 p.m. Thurs. http://www.booksoup.com.
March 4, 2012 |
MARCH 7 Jodi Picoult The bestselling author discusses and signs her new novel, "Lone Wolf. " Told from multiple points of view, it's the story of grown siblings wrestling with the fate of their father, who is gravely ill. Picoult is known for writing popular fiction and for her outspoken support of women's fiction that focuses on families and relationships (just don't call it "chick lit"). Presented by Vroman's Bookstore. Ramo Auditorium at Caltech, 332 S . Michigan Ave. Free.
January 23, 2012
BOOKS Richard Sparks The choral conductor and co-author of "Along the Cherry Lane" discusses the music industry memoir he penned with father-in-law Milton Okun, the music producer and founder of Cherry Lane Music. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com Norman Lebrecht The author of "Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed Our World" will discuss the life, work and legacy of Gustav Mahler. Lebrecht will be joined by Deborah Borda, president and chief executive of the L.A. Philharmonic.
January 15, 2012
Compiled by Liesl Bradner. SUNDAY Dennis Palumbo: The author leads the workshop "Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries" and signs "Fever Dream," Vromans Bookstore 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. 4 p.m. (626) 449-5320. Heather Donahue: The actress and author signs her memoir, "Grow Girl: How My Life After The Blair Witch Project Went to Pot. " Dark Delicacies 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. (818) 556-6660. Tribute to Christopher Hitchens: A morning of remembrance along with reading selections from the late author's collection of writings.