CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2013 |
A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling, "Bless Me, Ultima" makes a difficult task look easy. It combines innocence and experience, the darkness and wonder of life, in a way that is not easy to categorize but a rich pleasure to watch. Taken from Rudolfo Anaya's landmark book, perhaps the bestselling Chicano novel of all time, "Bless Me, Ultima" presented certain obstacles. Though its protagonist is a very young boy, what he observes of life is not exclusively kindhearted. The story has the honesty of emotion you'd associate with having a 6-year-old as protagonist, but likely material for a Disney film this is not. More than that, "Bless Me, Ultima," set in the New Mexico of 1944, posits an age of wonders and miracles where magic realism informs young Antonio Marez's sense of how strange and unfathomable the world can seem.
February 9, 2010 |
She likes Care Bears, doesn't wear makeup yet, and took her nom de plume from a character in the Disney classic "Bambi." And last year, 15-year-old "Bunny" became one of Japan's top authors of a genre called keitai -- cellphone -- novels. After getting its start as a tale told on tiny cellular screens, her three-volume novel "Wolf Boy x Natural Girl" has gone on to sell more than 110,000 paperback copies since its release in May, according to Starts Publishing Co. The "Wolf Boy" author, who took her alias from Thumper's friend Miss Bunny, started writing when she was in the sixth grade, after her parents bought her a cellphone.
December 13, 2013 |
The fury of a woman scorned is just one of the perils encountered in "Dangerous Women," a splendid cross-genre anthology featuring original stories by a number of writers, male and female. The title invokes that of "Dangerous Visions," Harlan Ellison's groundbreaking 1967 science fiction anthology, and even though there are no real game-changers here, it's an impressive assembly of work by mostly well-known authors, with a few relative newcomers who make a strong impression. Gardner Dozois, former editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine and founding editor of "The Year's Best Science Fiction" series, has at least 100 anthologies to his credit, six co-edited with George R.R. Martin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996
A popular reading program for children at the San Fernando Library is combining guest performers with creative incentives to promote multiculturalism. "Read About Me," a twice-weekly program, has been popular among parents looking for educational--and free--ways to help their 6- to 12-year-olds have some fun and beat the heat. "It's really a fun time for the staff as well as for the kids," said library assistant Diane Gavin.
April 14, 1993
"Get It if You Can" and "Girls Also Use Sex" (March 25) featured students' responses to the Lakewood High School posse story. Only one respondent (Gloria) mentions the real possibility of contracting a venereal disease in indiscriminate sexual encounters. Do any of these boys, anxious to up their sex scores, practice safe sex? This should have been part of your article. LOUISE HAUTER La Canada
September 10, 1986 |
Three gunmen kidnaped the top official of the International Lions Club in Lebanon and Jordan today, a day after an American educator was abducted in Muslim West Beirut on his way to play golf. Police identified today's kidnaping victim as Victor Kenou, a Christian Lebanese of Syrian origin. He was abducted at gunpoint at 9:35 a.m. near the French Embassy compound in West Beirut, authorities said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
March 14, 2012 |
The first phase of the multi-stage unveiling of the Fantasyland makeover has moved into "soft opening" mode in advance of an official unveiling later this month at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Photos: Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom Three years in the making, the new Fantasyland at Orlando's Walt Disney World resort adds a Little Mermaid dark ride and a Seven Dwarfs roller coaster while updating the classic Dumbo ride and recreating the village from "Beauty and the Beast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1998 |
Thirteen high school journalists and two high school programs were selected Wednesday as winners and honorable mentions in The Times Ventura County and Valley editions' first high school journalism awards program. The winners, whose works were selected from hundreds of entries, are: * Nick Edwards, Adolfo Camarillo High School, feature story. * Luis Chavarin, Channel Islands High School, feature photo. * Eric Cheung, Thousand Oaks High School, cartoon/illustration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2000 |
Two children's programs are being offered by the Fillmore Library to encourage greater interest in reading. During this election week, youngsters of all ages will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite books at the library as part of the Fillmore Friends of Library's "Books Get Our Vote" program. The votes will be taken from Nov. 6 through Nov. 11 at the library. Children who participate will receive a sticker and bookmark, according to library supervisor Cathy Thomason.
October 25, 2012
Re "Bid to end the death penalty airs its first ads," Oct. 23 The Proposition 34 campaign claims the death penalty is expensive, futile and inhumane. Death penalty supporters claim that a life sentence without the possibility of parole denies closure to the victims' families, coddles murders and would save the taxpayer no money. I plan to vote for the proposition, but I wish it included a provision to allow the convicts to ask for a prompt death. Who is qualified to say whether death by injection is more or less humane than a life in prison?