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.
October 25, 2009 |
Last Night in Twisted River A Novel John Irving Random House: 558 pp., $28 The opening passages of "Last Night in Twisted River" recycle John Irving's signature themes at such dizzy speed, it's as though the author were ticking boxes. New England? Check: The story begins in New Hampshire, where Irving once situated an eponymous hotel. Subversive Christian symbolism? Double-check: The first character introduced is fallen Angel Pope. Fractured family? But of course: Irving heroes, like those in Dickens and Disney cartoons, are invariably short a parent or two; here, young Danny Baciagalupo's mother absents herself early on, sucked beneath the frosted tide of Twisted River one bleak midwinter's night in 1944.
August 2, 2006 |
Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises. "My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.
July 31, 2005 |
It's a summer when, between the massive new Harry Potter and John Irving's 800-plus-page opus, a trip to the beach with novel in tow might require some heavy lifting. The big books of summer are upon us. Big as in weighty -- we're talking poundage, not the latest pretender to the James Joyce crown. Scale in hand, we dropped into the Borders in Canoga Park to size up the season's fiction heavyweights. A cursory sample turned up these stats: John Irving, "Until I Find You" (Random House). 848 pp.
July 10, 2005 |
John IRVING has made no secret of his admiration for Charles Dickens. In his 1979 essay "The King of the Novel," reprinted in the collection "Trying to Save Piggy Sneed," Irving articulates standards by which he wishes his own fiction to be judged. He extols Dickens' plot and character development, sentimentality, high and low comedy, unpretentious imagery, social liberalism and emphasis on what Dickens' father-in-law called "the follies and absurdities of human nature."
July 14, 2004 |
Jeff Bridges has long been one of the greats of American film acting. But because his greatness comes under the deep cover of his characters and with an absence of self-aggrandizement, and because he makes relatively few movies these days, the actor's screen appearances can sometimes take on the weight of a major rediscovery.