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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."
May 16, 2010 | By Marjorie Miller, Los Angeles Times
On a typically blissful Sunday morning in Southern California, physically and figuratively about as far as you can get from eastern Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, hundreds of Angelenos have come to hear author Sebastian Junger speak about men at war on the other side of the world. Junger's latest book, "War" (Twelve: 290 pp., $26.99), has been compared to Michael Herr's Vietnam-era "Dispatches." To an audience at this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA, the journalist is quick to highlight the differences between Herr's subject and his own. Vietnam, he explains, was an unpopular war fought with draftees, while the war in Afghanistan has broader public support and a force that willingly signed up to fight.
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:
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 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
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.
October 4, 1999
Los Angeles Times Festival of Health Your complete guide to more than 45 panel sessions, keynote speakers, exhibits, entertainment, children's activities and more at the Oct. 16-17 event at USC's main campus. For more information, see the Web site at
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