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July 8, 2010
Slake, a new journal committed to long-form journalism, essay, memoir, poetry, fiction, painting and photography, celebrates its inaugural issue with a reading from some of its illustrious contributors, including Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Gold, Michelle Huneven and David Schneider. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 5 p.m. Sun. (323) 660-1175.
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April 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
You'd think giving away books would be an easy thing to do, but Melissa Eggerling tries to put a lot of creativity and a bit of theater into the act. On Wednesday, Eggerling will be one of 800 Southern Californians participating as "givers" in World Book Night, a program designed to distribute free books to people who might not read them otherwise. Last year Eggerling and her two young sons took boxes filled with the novel "Fahrenheit 451" and distributed them from a Los Angeles city fire truck in Eagle Rock.
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February 9, 2012
BOOKS Debut novelist Ramona Ausubel has her characters forget time and history in "No One Is Here Except All of Us. " It's 1939, and the families of a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war closing in around them. At the suggestion of a mysterious stranger who washes up on the riverbank, they reassign spouses, children and other marks of familial history in an attempt to keep the tides of change at bay. She will be reading and signing her novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free.
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April 8, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Around the L.A. Times we are spending most of the week thinking about the book prizes Friday night and the Festival of Books on Saturday and Sunday, but those aren't the only interesting literary happenings. In fact, Wednesday and Thursday are packed with people and things you can't see at the festival -- here's a quick overview. WEDNESDAY: Lorrie Moore interviewed by Brighde Mullins about short story collection "Bark" at ALOUD at the L.A. Central Library, 7:15 p.m.; free; sold out but standby tickets may be available.
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January 28, 2010
Patti Smith's latest book, "Just Kids," documents the bond she had with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. She'll read from the memoir at Skylight Books and Book Soup. At the Hammer, she'll present a night of film and live music in celebration of the publication of "Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. (310) 443-7000. 7 tonight. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. (310) 659-3110. 7 p.m. Fri. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 660-1175.
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October 13, 2011
BOOKS In "The Marriage Plot," Jeffrey Eugenides' first novel since 2002's Pulitzer Prize–winning "Middlesex," he examines the lives of three college seniors at Brown University in the '80s. The three characters — Madeleine, an incurable romantic; Leonard, a brilliant but unstable philosopher, and Mitchell, a clear-eyed religious-studies student — find themselves enveloped in a love triangle of sorts that loops in enigmatic professors, feminist theorists, neo-Victorians and concerned mothers.
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September 9, 2010
There are echoes of various canonical novels in the new works by Joshua Mohr and Grace Krilanovich (a Times staff writer). Mohr's "Termite Parade" is rooted in the psychological drama of "Crime and Punishment" that springs from a single, defining act of desperation. Krilanovich's "The Orange Eats Creeps" is a brooding, brash tale of vampires set in the Pacific Northwest — ask any teenager to find a corollary there in pop culture. But each is imbued with raw nerves, kinetic prose and cutting glimpses of the human heart that could make each a reference point of its own. They'll read from each here.
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July 26, 2010
BOOKS Alex Cohen and Jennifer Barbee By day, Alex Cohen is a mild-mannered radio show host and Jennifer Barbee is a diligent staffer at the WGA — but on the banked battlefield of the roller derby, they are better known as Axles of Evil and Kasey Bomber. Cohen and Barbee, who have both skated with the L.A. Derby Dolls, will sign and present their new book, "Down and Derby," an inside look at the underground sport. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. (323)
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November 5, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Skylight Books in Los Feliz is celebrating Tuesday's election. All the books in the store's political section are 15% off -- not just Monday and Tuesday, but through the end of the week. Located in a generally liberal part of generally liberal Los Angeles, the books on Skylight's politics shelves are, not surprisingly, more left than right. It's not that the store doesn't have any books on Mitt Romney -- according to the store's online database, it does have one. That's " The Real Romney ," a critique of the candidate by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, two reporters from the Boston Globe.
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May 13, 2010
Cartoonist Daniel Clowes, creator of "Ghost World" and "Art School Confidential," will present his new graphic novel, "Wilson," with a slide show. Comedian Dana Gould will act as the Q&A guest moderator, and Clowes will sign copies of the new book. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free. (323) 660-1175. http://www.skylightbooks.com.
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February 17, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
From 1953 to 1973, the Central Intelligence Agency spearheaded Project MKUltra, a covert and illegal operation of extreme mind control. For decades, CIA analysts under MKUltra clandestinely questioned American and Canadian citizens through involuntary drug and brainwashing experiments. Scott O'Connor was inspired by these events in his second novel, " Half World" (Simon & Schuster, $26). It's the story of Henry March, a CIA analyst who conducts secret mind-control experiments in San Francisco.
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February 12, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kim Cooper is steeped in L.A. history. With her husband, she runs the cultural bus tour service Esotouric , which takes people to the curious and criminal places of Los Angeles' past. Some of their tours are specifically literary, following James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler through their lives in L.A. and the fictions they wrote here. Cooper, who has written books before (she helped her grandmother write "Fall in Love for Life" and is the author of the 33 1/3 book about Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea")
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December 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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November 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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November 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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November 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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September 2, 2010
BOOKS If Marilynne Robinson can wait 14 years between "Housekeeping" and "Gilead," then Mona Simpson can take 10 years between her novel, "Off Keck Road" and her latest work, "My Hollywood. " Intertwining the lives of two women — a composer married to a TV writer, and a Filipina nanny — Simpson examines the latest conditions of motherhood and marriage. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. (323) 660-1175.
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October 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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June 26, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
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.
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