August 30, 2013 |
Appropriately enough, the award-winning recording artist Moby, nicknamed for his ancestor Herman Melville's great white whale, joined the Young Literati 's party Thursday to read to the group from the classic American novel. "My dad gave me the name 10 minutes after I was born," said Moby, who is actually named Richard Melville Hall. Calling the nickname ironic, owing to his tiny size at the time, he later said, “I don't think that either of my parents thought that 47 years later, I would still be saddled with my infant joke nickname.” Other “readers” at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica included actor Colin Hanks, of “Dexter,” “Orange County” and “Parkland”; author Mark Z. Danielewski of “House of Leaves” and “Only Revolutions”; and author Attica Locke of “The Cutting Season” and “Black Water Rising.” Dhani Harrison, son of the late Beatle George Harrison, and his band, thenewno2, came to perform, while artist Shepard Fairey served as the night's DJ. The cocktail party celebrated Amanda Fairey's new role as chair of Young Literati -- a support group for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles -- which is targeted at Angelenos in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Previously, Amanda and her husband had been honorary chairs.
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.
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 ...
October 12, 2006 |
A landmark bookstore here was the site Wednesday of a significant literary occasion: For the first time in its 57-year history, the National Book Awards finalists were announced in California -- and appropriately enough, a number of writers from the state were among those chosen.
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.
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.