January 28, 2007 |
IN the months before the 1992 Los Angeles riots, I lived in an Echo Park bungalow complex called Sunset Villas. There were about a dozen units, modest one-bedrooms with hardwood floors and red tile roofs that faced each other across a concrete courtyard, making our private lives somewhat public. That's the way we wanted it. We were Jewish from San Diego, white from Florida, black from Detroit, brown from Costa Rica.
September 2, 2007 |
"IF peace ever comes, I hope it makes us wiser," thinks the voiceless teenage soldier at the heart of Chris Abani's wrenching new novella, "Song for Night." What makes this book a luminous addition to the burgeoning literature on boy soldiers is the way the Nigerian author both undercuts and reinforces such hopeful sentiments. There may be no redemption in war's devastation, Abani implies, but among the ruins it's still possible to find transcendent moments of beauty.
February 18, 2007 |
LATE one night a few years back, the Nigerian-born writer Chris Abani showed up at Chinatown's Phoenix Inn, where his was the only black face. He wasn't made terribly welcome, he recalls, and on that visit he was served only after delay and "with great reluctance."
April 5, 2004 |
"Graceland" opens in 1983, in the teeming city of Lagos, Nigeria, where 16-year-old Elvis Oke, who hopes to become a dancer, is trying to earn money performing in the street, doing impersonations of the more famous American Elvis. As evoked in this novel by Nigerian writer and poet Chris Abani, Lagos is a city of startling contrasts: "Elvis had read a newspaper editorial that stated, rather proudly, that Nigeria had a higher percentage of millionaires ... than any other country in the world....
March 10, 2005 |
Mystery writer Tony Hillerman on Wednesday was named winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes' Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Hillerman will be honored April 22 at UCLA, when winners of the newspaper's 2004 book prizes are unveiled. Finalists in the nine categories were announced Wednesday.
January 24, 2014 |
As chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is a successful tech excutive. With her 2013 book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead," she became a bestselling author. Now she's poised to play an important role in film, with news Friday that Sony has bought the rights to "Lean In. " Deadline Hollywood reports that Sony made a preemptive bid for "Lean In" and brought in Nell Scovel, who wrote the book with Sandberg, to turn it into a film. Sandberg has become a spokeswoman for the book, which our reviewer Rebecca Traister described as "naming and attempting to redress the double standards, entrenched attitudes and regressive catch-22s that drive women into ruts of self-doubt, lowered expectations and accommodating self-sacrifice.