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October 7, 2012
It would be easy to suspect Jon Klassen of having an obsession with hats. The author-illustrator of “I Want My Hat Back” is following up his No. 1 New York Times bestseller about a bear and a thieving rabbit with a second picture book about an animal robber -- this time a fish that's nabbed a small blue bowler cap in “This Is Not My Hat.” The Angeleno, by way of Canada, kicks off a 15-city tour for “This Is Not My Hat” at Skylight Books...
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April 23, 2013 | By Joy Press
Daniel Handler dropped by our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books before  appearing  live with children's book illustrator Jon Klassen, collaborator on the new children's book "The Dark. " Handler has written fiction aimed at adults, but he is best known to the under-18 set as Lemony Snicket, author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and more recently, "Who Could It Be at This Hour?" He sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss a series of miscellaneous topics, including what he is reading this month ("I only read poetry in April")
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012
Picture books might be for kids who can't read, but parents have been known to enjoy them as well. This Is Not My Hat By Jon Klassen Candlewick, 40 pp.: $15.99, for ages 3 and up A little fish comes into view wearing a blue hat that fits so perfectly, it could arouse the suspicions of an enormous fish, presuming he wakes up. (October) The Monsters' Monster By Patrick McDonnell Little, Brown, 40 pp.: $16.99, for ages 3 and up When three little monsters bring a bigger monster to life, he isn't at all what they expected.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Author Lemony Snicket and children's book illustrator Jon Klassen sparred over their book "The Dark" at  the Target Children's Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Festival of Books . Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, who always denies he is Snicket, wrote the words and Klassen created the illustrations for "The Dark. " It's  a picture book that features Laszlo, a child who's afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the boy's home, and the story is about how Laszlo overcomes his fear.  Klassen, author of his own books such as "This Is Not My Hat" and "I Want My Hat Back," started things off and invited the author to join him on stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2013 | By Joy Press
Daniel Handler dropped by our video booth at the L.A. Times Festival of Books before  appearing  live with children's book illustrator Jon Klassen, collaborator on the new children's book "The Dark. " Handler has written fiction aimed at adults, but he is best known to the under-18 set as Lemony Snicket, author of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and more recently, "Who Could It Be at This Hour?" He sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss a series of miscellaneous topics, including what he is reading this month ("I only read poetry in April")
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Josh Glenn is the co-editor of " Unbored ," a new illustrated book for kids ages 8 to 13 -- and their parents -- about making things and doing things. Hack an average water gun to make it a remote-control water gun. Start a rock band. Create your own board game. Mark Frauenfelder, in addition to being one of the founders of BoingBoing , is the editor of Make Magazine . In his introduction to Unbored, he writes, "We live in a culture of experts who like to say 'Don't try this at home.' That's rubbish.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Author Lemony Snicket and children's book illustrator Jon Klassen sparred over their book "The Dark" at  the Target Children's Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Festival of Books . Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, who always denies he is Snicket, wrote the words and Klassen created the illustrations for "The Dark. " It's  a picture book that features Laszlo, a child who's afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the boy's home, and the story is about how Laszlo overcomes his fear.  Klassen, author of his own books such as "This Is Not My Hat" and "I Want My Hat Back," started things off and invited the author to join him on stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The American Library Assn. announced its 2013 book award winners Monday at its annual national conference, held this year in Seattle. While the best-known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Caledecott Medal, there are dozens of awards, each of which helps librarians bring excellent books to the attention of young readers and their parents. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to "This Is Not My Hat," written and illustrated by Jon Klassen.
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August 1, 2013 | By John M. Glionna, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
LAS VEGAS - Call it the Vegas itch. For many motorists headed here from Southern California, the obvious scratch is to gun the engine down that impossibly long incline on Interstate 15 across the Nevada border into Primm, adrenaline pumping, answering Sin City's dizzying siren call. After hours of endless desert straightaways, the garish lights of Primm are just a taste of the Strip, which shimmers just over the next ocher-colored mountain or two. Once in Nevada, the two-lane highway spills into four lanes.
NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
Can women be funny? That's  the question being posed by Zocalo Public Square this Wednesday at The Actors Gang Theater. Sure, Lena Dunham might have scored a big-money book deal, but female comedy writers are still in the minority in the entertainment business. This struggle to compete in a male-dominated industry will be explored with a panel discussion that includes Lisa Zeidner, author of the satirical novel "Love Bomb"; Jeanne Darst, author of the memoir "Fiction Ruined My Family"; and cultural critic Heather Havrilesky ("Disaster Preparedness")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The American Library Assn. announced its 2013 book award winners Monday at its annual national conference, held this year in Seattle. While the best-known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Caledecott Medal, there are dozens of awards, each of which helps librarians bring excellent books to the attention of young readers and their parents. The Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to "This Is Not My Hat," written and illustrated by Jon Klassen.
NEWS
October 9, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Josh Glenn is the co-editor of " Unbored ," a new illustrated book for kids ages 8 to 13 -- and their parents -- about making things and doing things. Hack an average water gun to make it a remote-control water gun. Start a rock band. Create your own board game. Mark Frauenfelder, in addition to being one of the founders of BoingBoing , is the editor of Make Magazine . In his introduction to Unbored, he writes, "We live in a culture of experts who like to say 'Don't try this at home.' That's rubbish.
NEWS
October 7, 2012
It would be easy to suspect Jon Klassen of having an obsession with hats. The author-illustrator of “I Want My Hat Back” is following up his No. 1 New York Times bestseller about a bear and a thieving rabbit with a second picture book about an animal robber -- this time a fish that's nabbed a small blue bowler cap in “This Is Not My Hat.” The Angeleno, by way of Canada, kicks off a 15-city tour for “This Is Not My Hat” at Skylight Books...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2012
Picture books might be for kids who can't read, but parents have been known to enjoy them as well. This Is Not My Hat By Jon Klassen Candlewick, 40 pp.: $15.99, for ages 3 and up A little fish comes into view wearing a blue hat that fits so perfectly, it could arouse the suspicions of an enormous fish, presuming he wakes up. (October) The Monsters' Monster By Patrick McDonnell Little, Brown, 40 pp.: $16.99, for ages 3 and up When three little monsters bring a bigger monster to life, he isn't at all what they expected.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Since background-check legislation was voted down in the Senate on Thursday, Adam Winkler, author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America," expects a "lively" conversation at his panel on guns in America at the 18th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. "This is a hot-button issue, and we have a collection of some of the leading scholars on guns and gun politics on this panel," he says. "Sometimes things can get heated. But I find that people are really hungering for a balanced, non-emotional discussion.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Thinking about coming to the Festival of Books at USC this weekend? This year you can take the Metro, eat at food trucks and stay for a comedy show, all in addition to the oodles and oodles of book events. Here are some hints to help you organize your visit. And bring a jacket! This year the temperature is predicted to be on the cool side -- highs are expected to be in the mid-60s. The Festival of Books app . The app is free in the iTunes store. It includes a complete schedule of appearances, from which you can build your own must-see list.
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