December 23, 2013 |
Book clubs can meet up in public places that serve alcohol, New Yorkers discover. Who knew? Well, plenty of people, particularly those who attend book clubs in bars in L.A. On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported on four book clubs in New York and New Jersey that meet in bars and restaurants. That kind of thing can be found in Los Angeles too. Book club maven Julie Robinson hosts them at Bar Noir at Maison 140 and the Hotel Bel Air. One focuses on the works of Jane Austen; another, the Drop in Book Group, is $35 and has discussed Marisa Silver's "Mary Coin," Jhumpa Lahiri's "Lowland" and "Provence, 1970" with author Luke Barr.
November 13, 2013 |
It's not hard to find an author at a bookstore: Just go during the early evening and look for the person squinting under the bright lights, reading to a small crowd of people seated in folding chairs. But on Small Business Saturday, the roles will be reversed: They won't be taking center stage. They'll be there to help you. Authors have signed up to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving volunteering as booksellers at their local independent bookstores . About 100 independent bookstores nationwide are planning to have authors come in and assist customers.
November 11, 2013 |
Sometimes a week goes by and the Los Angeles literary landscape is as barren and desolate as the Salton Sea. This is not one of those weeks. Tonight: Vermin on the Mount returns. The punk rock reading series takes its name from its original location, the Mountain Bar, where it began 10 years ago. Host and organizer Jim Ruland has found a new home for the semi-regular series, at NOMAD Studio near the L.A. River. Readers on the bill are Scott O'Connor, Louis Armand, Melissa Broder, Juliet Escoria, Ariana Kelly and Damien Ober.
November 6, 2013 |
Amazon on Tuesday announced a program, called Amazon Source, making its Kindle e-readers, tablets and accessories available for independent bookstores to sell to their customers. The bookstores can purchase the devices at a discount and then, in some cases, get a commission on e-books sold through them for the two years following the device's purchase. In its announcement, the online retailer said "several" bookstores will be selling Kindles, and quoted two participating bookstores that have signed on. They aren't exactly typical, as Amazon has made many moves that are counter to the interests of independent booksellers.
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.
June 26, 2013 |
Band of Outsiders' creative director Scott Sternberg and Bon Appétit editor in chief Adam Rapoport hosted a dinner at downtown's Grand Central Market on Tuesday night in honor of style writer turned canning wunderkind Kevin West and his new book "Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving. " Before the 100-person, Southern-flavored dinner, guests from the worlds of art, fashion and food including Doug Aitken, Liz Goldwyn, China Chow, Katherine Ross, Zoe Cassavetes, Bret Easton Ellis and Vogue's West Coast editor Lisa Love, milled about among bales of stratgically placed hay and drank cocktails and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer from canning jars. As if that wasn't indication enough, the evening wasn't much on formalities, with Rapoport and Sternberg making only the briefest of remarks before the feast commenced.