November 11, 2013 |
Sometimes a week goes by and the Los Angeles literary landscape is as barren and desolate as the Salton Sea. This is not one of those weeks. Tonight: Vermin on the Mount returns. The punk rock reading series takes its name from its original location, the Mountain Bar, where it began 10 years ago. Host and organizer Jim Ruland has found a new home for the semi-regular series, at NOMAD Studio near the L.A. River. Readers on the bill are Scott O'Connor, Louis Armand, Melissa Broder, Juliet Escoria, Ariana Kelly and Damien Ober.
October 17, 2013 |
Running on a mere 2½ hours of sleep and exactly 12 hours after winning the Man Booker Prize for her novel “The Luminaries,” Eleanor Catton sat down for an interview with the Guardian's Charlotte Higgins and brought her A game. The 28-year-old novelist from New Zealand, the youngest ever to win the prize, addressed the critics who have approached her complex novel with trite assumptions about gender. Catton said the "people whose negative reaction [to 'The Luminaries']
October 2, 2013 |
Literary lucha libre: It's a battle of words between writers wearing luchador wrestling masks. Husband and wife tag team Christopher Vazquez and Angie Silva founded an event for Peru's up and coming writers to compete in the ring, based on the Mexican wrestling tradition of agile men in colorful masks and iridescent, tight-fitting outfits who try to pin each other to the ground. Lucha Libro writers wear the masks but are allowed to wear street clothes. They get on a stage in a bar in Lima and grapple with each other - using just their words.
September 17, 2013 |
Oh, Canada. This week, we have four days of National Book Award longlists, and there's a big, possibly leaked announcement from the Man Booker Prize coming Wednesday. But as if that weren't enough in the literary longlist department, Canada is getting in on the action too. Specifically, the Scotiabank Giller Prize , Canada's preeminent literary award for fiction. Its 13-title longlist was announced Monday. The winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize gets $50,000 Canadian (about $48,000 American)
September 11, 2013 |
When America was attacked on 9/11, it seemed as if words might fail. But in trying to understand that tragedy and what it meant, words have served us well. Here are some literary links for the 12th anniversary of those attacks in 2001. "Every year I reread @colsonwhitehead 's remarkable piece abt New York & New Yorkers, past, present & future," Chelsea Clinton tweeted Tuesday morning. The piece is " The Way We Live Now 11-11-01; Lost and Found ," which ran in the New York Times Magazine.
September 11, 2013 |
For the next two weeks Roxane Gay will be blogging at The Nation about new books by writers of color. Gay, author of the story collection “Ayiti” as well as an essayist and editor, has dedicated herself to calling attention to the lack of diversity in the way we talk about books in this country and to pointing readers toward talented writers of color that she says the media is overlooking. Gay has been down this road before - in the summer of 2012 she counted the number of reviews of books by writers of color in 2011's New York Times.
September 8, 2013
A new readon Scotland Really enjoyed "A Real Page Turner," by Kari Howard [Sept. 1]. My husband and I have been thinking about going on a distillery tour in Scotland (sounded like fun!), but that trip in literary Scotland has us rethinking it a bit. Susan Morgan Alhambra Costly money card The article "Abroad, a Plastic Alternative" [More for Your Money, Sept. 1] by Catharine Hamm mentioned the advantages of using the Travelex pre-loaded money card for international travel.
September 1, 2013 |
WIGTOWN, Scotland - "You're on the road to nowhere. " The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern Scotland. We had left behind the divided highway outside Glasgow, and then, somewhere near the towns with signs saying "Haste Ye Back," had lost the painted line down the middle of the two-lane road. For a few miles now, we had been on a one-track road, the kind where you must back up to the last lay-by if you meet a car coming from the other direction.
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August 29, 2013 |
I knew my first name was trouble when Sister Edmunda wagged a bony finger in my face and accused me of fleeing limbo with a fake ID. "Kim? That's not a saint's name," she said, her voice oozing disdain. "How did you ever get baptized with a name like that?" Beats the hell out of me, Sister. I'm in the first grade, remember? What I was too young to know was that my mom's cousin, a priest, had sneaked me into the fold under the saintly cover of my middle name, Martin. No matter.
July 18, 2013 |
“The city burning,” Joan Didion wrote in “Los Angeles Notebook,” “is Los Angeles's deepest image of itself.” I kept thinking about that Wednesday night as my wife and I drove out to Hemet, where our daughter had been evacuated from her camp in Idyllwild due to the 19,600-acre Mountain fire. Hemet may not be Los Angeles, but it's close enough that Didion's image - “at the time of the 1965 Watts riots,” she continues, “what struck the imagination most indelibly were the fires.