July 24, 2012 |
Does anyone really know what heaven looks like? For ages, artists have expressed their interpretations on canvas and authors have penned numerous books on their journeys to the hereafter. Recent titles include Mary C. Neal's “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story” and Todd Burpo's “Heaven Is for Real,” which spent 70 weeks on the L.A. Times bestsellers list. In the story of a 4-year-old boy's visit to heaven during emergency surgery, the artwork of 8-year-old Akiane Kramarik (who also had a near-death experience)
July 18, 2012 |
Author J.K. Rowling has reached a level of popularity few writers will ever see. Her seven-book "Harry Potter" series, while written for children, soared onto bestseller lists. Hollywood's successful film adaptations have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. And Forbes tallies Rowling's net worth at over $1 billion. Even that, however, is not enough to guarantee artistic success. In September, Rowling will publish her first novel for adults. "The Casual Vacancy" is a mystery set in suburban England; publisher Little, Brown describes the 512-page novel as "a big book about a small town.
March 15, 2012
One of the most beloved fabulist novelists working today, Jeanette Winterson tackles her own reality in her new memoir, "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" On a search for her biological mother, Winterson confronts the various paths her childhood took, from being raised by a religious zealot who kept a gun in the dresser to growing up in a rough industrial town in England. Pondering her sexuality and other core parts of her identity, the author studies what experiences formed her and who she might've become without her past.
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.
November 20, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Sam Brower : The author of "Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints" will discuss and sign his new book. Center for Inquiry, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 11 a.m. $8. (323) 666-9797. Ace Frehley : The KISS guitarist will present and sign his new memoir, "No Regrets. " Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free.
November 14, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Demons Group Reading : Editor John Skipp will be joined by contributors to the new anthology, "Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels and the Possessed": Laura Bahr, Cody Goodfellow, R.C. Matheson, Zak Jarvis and Mercedes M. Tardley. Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 2 p.m. Free. (818) 556-6660. Five Points Reading Series : Authors Travis Diehl, Alex Kitnick and Rachel Kushner will read their work.
November 3, 2011
The native Angeleno Ry Cooder is known for his spare and beautiful guitar work, as well as his spearheading involvement with the Buena Vista Social Club. Now he's brought the same sensitive eye and underdog spirit to "Los Angeles Stories," a collection of loosely linked tales set in Bunker Hill, Chavez Ravine, Venice and Santa Monica. The musician will discuss his stories concerning the everyday people of his city with Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 5 p.m. Sun. (323)