May 2, 2013 |
During the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, writer Matthew Specktor sat down with L.A. Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg to discuss his new novel, "American Dream Machine. " It's a book set in and around a fictional Hollywood talent agency, not unlike Creative Artists Agency, where Specktor's father works. He rattles off some of his favorite books about Hollywood. "I'm very fond of Michael Tolkin's 'The Player.' I'm very fond of 'Play It as It Lays.' I'm very fond of Budd Schulberg," he said.
April 21, 2013 |
When you write a book that is titled "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History," you probably expect a question something like this: What on Earth was the impetus for the work ... and the title? Florence Williams, the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, proved to be ready for the query. During a video chat at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, she explained that she had been nursing her second child and wondered about toxins in her breast milk.
April 24, 2013 |
At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Sunday, I got a chance to sit down with novelist and nonfiction writer Judith Freeman to discuss the lure of Southern California as a literary landscape, and also the influence of Raymond Chandler on the city and its cultural life. "When I moved here, one of the first writers that I started to read, through a friend of mine, was Raymond Chandler. And I thought, Wow, that's Los Angeles," Freeman said. "And I still think that he really got the city, he got underneath the city, he got everything about the city.
May 10, 2013 |
If Los Angeles can have a book festival -- the just-concluded Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- and even the suburb of nearby Duarte (pop. 21,000) can have one, why not Pasadena? Pasadena is famous for the Rose Parade, Caltech and Jackie Robinson, among other things, but the city of 137,000 also has its own proud literary tradition, as the writer Larry Wilson recently reminded us. “From James M. Cain's 'Mildred Pierce' to Raymond Chandler's 'The High Window,' from John Ball's Virgil Tibbs mysteries including 'In the Heat of the Night' to Meggs Brown's macabre murder mystery 'Saturday Games,'… plenty of novels and short stories have been set in Pasadena,” Wilson wrote recently in the Pasadena Star News.
July 22, 2008
As former editors of the Los Angeles Times Book Review (1975 through 2005), we are dismayed and troubled at the decision by Sam Zell and his managers to cease publishing the paper's Sunday Book Review. This step signals the end of an era begun 33 years ago when Otis Chandler, then the paper's publisher, announced the debut of the weekly section. Since then, the growth of the Los Angeles metropolitan region and the avidity of its numerous readers and writers has been palpable. For example, every year since its founding in 1996, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has attracted upward of 140,000 people to the UCLA campus from all walks of life throughout Southern California.
February 7, 2011 |
A little French girl and her schoolmates will be making their presence known in Southern California this spring: Madeline and her friends are a theme of artwork for the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 30 through May 1 at USC. Madeline is the beloved character introduced by Ludwig Bemelmans in 1939, the smallest of her compatriot schoolgirls who tread in two straight lines through a series of children's books, including "Madeline"...
April 23, 2010 |
There will be award-winning novelists and bestselling mystery writers, leading historians and experts on nearly everything under the sun. But it wouldn't be a book festival in Los Angeles without, of course, entertainers. Stars of stage and screen have been a part of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books since its inception, doing readings, interviews and book signings, often playing to packed crowds. This year is no exception, with appearances scheduled by such celebrities as Alicia Silverstone, Marlan Wayans, Bernadette Peters, Carl Reiner and Henry Winkler.
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April 20, 2013 |
Charles McKay makes a detailed spreadsheet of the authors he wants to hear during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, typing in his first and second choices and getting tickets ahead of time. Jerry Oborn, from San Diego, said she goes about it another way: “I just wander around.” But McKay and Oborn both said they finish the festival the same way - with a long list of new books to read. MORE: The L.A. Times map of literary Los Angeles “It takes us months to get through all these books by authors who inspired us,” said McKay, who lives in the South Bay. McKay and Oborn were among 150,000 people expected to attend the 18th annual book festival this weekend at USC. Under clear and hot skies Saturday, visitors listened to poetry, watched cooking demonstrations, danced to local bands and shopped at dozens of makeshift bookstores.
April 4, 2011 |
It's probably safe to assume that the names Patti Smith and Dave Eggers are not uttered in the same sentence with any degree of regularity. But their appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books could change all that. The rocker (whose "Just Kids" recently won the National Book Award for nonfiction) and the literary hipster (whose book "Zeitoun" won last year's Los Angeles Times Book Prize for current interest ) will appear together onstage at this year's book festival, which after 15 years at UCLA is moving to USC. The festival is scheduled for April 30 and May 1. More than 400 authors will participate in upward of 100 readings, panel discussions and, for a few — such as comedian Patton Oswalt ("Zombie Spaceship Wasteland")
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April 20, 2013 |
Comedian Carol Burnett and author Joyce Carol Oates will be among the dozens of participants in the 18th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to be held this weekend on the USC campus. The popular two-day event gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday and will include interviews with a number of authors as well as roundtable discussions with Times reporters on everything from the mayor's race to L.A. Noir. There will also be food, music and spoken word performances. Check out the full program schedule . The festival of books is only one of three major sporting and cultural events this weekend, making it a hectic one for police in Los Angeles and Long Beach.