November 2, 2012 |
If emails from Amazon's customer service team are a fair indicator, it appears the online retailer considers authors to be direct competitors of other authors. And email chains are all we have to go on, as Amazon did not respond to our request for comment. On Wednesday, Steve Weddle , an author of crime fiction, blogged about how he had tried repeatedly to leave a nice review for "Karma Backlash," a pulpy e-book by his friend Chad Rohrbacher, on its sales page on Amazon. Weddle's review was received but never posted.
October 19, 2000
2pm Theater/Family Theatrework USA presents Story Salads' "Amelia Bedelia and the Baby & Other Stories," a musical revue featuring children's book favorites, "Amelia Bedelia," "Are You My Mother?," "Chicken Soup With Rice" and more. * "Amelia Bedelia and the Baby & Other Stories," Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$15. (562) 986-7000. Also at La Mirada Theatre, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, Oct. 29, 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
November 1, 2012 |
In the December issue of Vanity Fair, which hits shelves this week, readers can get a taste of a missing chapter from Truman Capote's famously unfinished novel, "Answered Prayers. " In Vanity Fair's table of contents, look for the piece by Capote titled "Yachts and Things. " Capote was at work on "Answered Prayers" for almost 20 years. He signed the contract in 1966, which was postponed, renewed and recalculated for larger and larger advances. It is rumored that he was offered $1 million to finally complete his manuscript -- but he couldn't meet the deadline.
January 24, 2001 |
It's late night on a gritty stretch of Sunset Boulevard when novelist Rachel Resnick makes her way through a crowd of hipsters at a Hollywood cafe, scanning the room until she spots the "S" sign at a table full of people. The S stands for "Salon," a mobile community of confederates summoned into orbit each month by e-mail and social links that crisscross Los Angeles like electric currents.
November 26, 2006 |
THE winners of the National Book Awards were announced this month -- did anyone notice? Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Golden Globe: award shows deemed worthy of TV. But what about the poor relation at the table -- books? Anybody want to watch a three-hour black-tie dinner of 700 people at the Marriott Marquis near Times Square honoring the best writers the nation has to offer in the categories of children's books, nonfiction, poetry and novels? No?
November 16, 2006 |
Works set in the American West and Midwest won major prizes at the 2006 National Book Awards on Wednesday, in a year when the fiction and nonfiction categories included two nominees inspired by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 or their aftermath. The nonfiction prize went to Timothy Egan for his look back at an earlier American crisis, "The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl," published by Houghton Mifflin. "We are a storytelling nation ...
November 1, 2012 |
National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo to its fans and detractors, kicks off today. The idea is that in 30 days, anyone who sets his or her mind to it can write a 50,000-word novel. That comes out to about 175 pages -- short for a novel, but not easy to pull off in a single month. So there are many people who seek -- and offer -- advice on how to make it happen. I'm one of them, and I've got all you need: Get off the Internet. You still here? That's all right.
October 22, 2013 |
On his book tour, the tables have been turning on John Freeman: A parade of luminous authors are interviewing him. He's already sat down for public conversations with Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Aleksandar Hemon, and Marilynne Robinson, and on Tuesday night, it'll be Mark Z. Danielewski. That's at Skylight Books in Los Feliz at 7:30 p.m. Freeman's new book, "How to Read a Novelist," compiles his interviews with and profiles of 55 authors. It includes seven Nobel Laureates -- Toni Morrison, Gunter Grass, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Imre Kertesz, Mo Yan, and Orhan Pamuk.
September 15, 2000 |
When Glenn Goldman propped open Book Soup's doors 25 years ago at the center of the Sunset Strip, the remnants of the '60s purple haze were on the wane and the Eagles ruled the airwaves. Head shops and strip joints book-ended his modest shop. Rock clubs like Filthy McNasty's and the Whisky A Go Go thudded through the night. And amid that wall-to-wall, post-psychedelia dissonance, E.L. Doctorow's syncopated look at turn-of-the century America, "Ragtime," was one of Goldman's first bestsellers.