May 2, 2011
Poets read to rapt audiences, and authors of fiction tried to explain the creative process. Celebrity chefs lured big crowds to sit under a hot sun, and mystery writers answered questions in SRO auditoriums. There was something for almost everyone at the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held this past weekend on the USC campus. What follows is a sampling of reports on the festival from the Jacket Copy blog. Meeting Ginsberg Before she read a section from "Just Kids," punk poetess Patti Smith set up the audience to laugh.
May 16, 2010 |
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: 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.
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 http://www.latimes.com/FOH.