May 29, 2011 |
Years ago when Megan McDonald, the now-52-year-old author of the popular children's series "Judy Moody," was writing picture books for the 2- to 4-year-old set, a grandmother came through her signing line at an event in Florida. Clutched to the elderly woman's chest was a waterlogged, tattered copy of McDonald's debut, "Is This a House for Hermit Crab?" The woman proceeded to tell McDonald that because of her modest means, the book, which tells the simple story of a crustacean on a quest to find the perfect home, was the only one she owned.
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April 27, 1998 |
As she waited Sunday for a panel on fiction writing to commence, Sherry Banks wore a T-shirt reflecting the sentiments of many people attending the third annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA: "So many books--so little time," read the shirt, and Banks added her own variation as the event drew to a close. "So many panels, and so little time," she said. "There's so much richness here, such great writers, and you could never see all of them in two days."
April 15, 2012
What: Nonfiction: The Art of Immersion When: noon, April 22 Where: Norris Theater on the USC campus Who: Tom Bissell, Mark Haskell Smith, David Treuer, moderator Patrick Brown Information: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks
April 17, 1997
Let the weekend begin: I like to start my weekend on Friday afternoons. I write all week so I stop at about 3 p.m. and drive down to the beach in Santa Monica to this English shop, the Continental Shop, on Wilshire, where I stock up on jams and other things I like. Then I go to the Third Street Promenade. Sometimes I'll have dinner at Ivy on the Shore. Book prowling: On the Third Street Promenade, I like Rizzolis. In Century City, I love going to Brentano's. Book Soup on Sunset is wonderful.
April 21, 2012 |
NEW YORK—There are author success stories. There's winning the lottery. And then there's Chad Harbach. A long-suffering, often-starving MFA graduate, Harbach spent much of his 20s and 30s working temp jobs so he could write a novel, sometimes with barely $100 in his bank account. He thought no one would ever read his book, titled "The Art of Fielding. " It featured, after all, some pretty ambitious literary writing, a prominent gay character and a baseball motif, all no-nos for anyone with aspirations to the fiction bestseller list.
April 21, 2012 |
The seven actors who played the Von Trapp children in Robert Wise's beloved 1965 Oscar-winning musical"The Sound of Music" are as close today as they were while they were in production in 1964 in Salzburg, Austria. Though they live all over the globe, they have always been there for one another. A decade ago they rushed to be at the side of Heather Menzies (Louisa) when her husband, actor Robert Urich, died of cancer. And Menzies is the godmother to Kym Karath's (Gretl) special needs 20-year-old son, Eric.