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July 12, 1992 | DON SNOWDEN
"Samba" is exactly what you hope for in a book about an unfamiliar pop style, because it places the music within a cultural context. Guillermoprieto, Newsweek's Brazil correspondent in 1988, joined a famous samba school from one of Rio de Janeiro's hillside slums during its preparations for the city's fabled annual carnival.
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December 17, 2013 | By David Ng
As fans await the movie version of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which is expected to hit screens Valentine's Day 2015, there's another, less serious dramatization aiming to satisfy devotees of E.L. James' bestselling novels. "50 Shades! The Musical" is a stage parody of the books that has been touring the country. The show is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in early 2014, running Feb. 25-March 16. (The show isn't a production of Center Theatre Group, which operates the Kirk Douglas.
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March 31, 1996 | John Balzar
Rolling Stone writer P.J. O'Rourke, on liberty: "No nonsense about secondhand smoke or hurtful, insensitive language, please. . . . There are just two rules of governance in a free society: Mind your own business, and keep your hands to yourself." **** Former Dan Quayle speech writer Lisa Schiffren, on ex-Sen. Bob Packwood: "Our paradox here is that those of our public men who have mastered the art of seduction . . . are blameless.
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July 20, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Writer Cormac McCarthy turns 80 today. Happy birthday, Cormac McCarthy! McCarthy was born on this day in Rhode Island in 1933. The Pulitzer Prize winner is mostly known for his stories set in Texas, but it took him some time to get there. His father, a lawyer, moved the family to Knoxville when Cormac (then Charles) was 4. McCarthy stayed in Tennessee through college, and his first four novels are set there. "The Orchard Keeper" (1965), "Outer Dark" (1968), "Child of God" (1974)
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January 1, 1991
NOW Boycott-- The National Organization for Women is boycotting Knopf Inc. and Vintage Books--publishers of Bret Easton Ellis' upcoming novel "American Psycho"--not bookstores that sell the controversial book, as reported Wednesday in Calendar.
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October 20, 1998 | JAMES MEIER
The Friends of the Heritage Park Library will hold a silent book auction throughout November to raise funds. Books being auctioned include vintage books from the 1800s and children's books of special interest. Among them are "Who's Who in Major League Baseball" and a two-book set entitled "Japanese Fairy Tales." The books will be displayed in a glass case at the library. Bids will be accepted until Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.
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April 5, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Sandra Cisneros' first novel, "The House on Mango Street," has sold more than 5 million copies. A coming-of-age story, it's that rare book that can be assigned to grade-school children and college students, and it's been translated into several languages (the Spanish translation was the work of the great Mexican essayist, journalist and novelist Elena Poniatowska). But Cisneros first published "The House on Mango Street" in 1984 (with the University of Houston-based Arte Publico Press )
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October 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Oprah Winfrey has picked "Love in the Time of Cholera," the epic love story by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, as her next book club selection. "If you love love, this book is the best love story ever," Winfrey said Friday on her daytime talk show. The novel by the Colombian-born García Márquez was published in 1985. Set on the Caribbean coast of South America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it tells the tale of a woman and two men, and an unrequited love that spans 50 years.
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August 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
An old Jay McInerney novel featuring a party girl based on John Edwards' future mistress, Rielle Hunter, is getting a fresh printing from its publisher. An additional 2,500 copies have been commissioned for "Story of My Life," according to Vintage Books, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc. The book, first released in 1988, is narrated by a promiscuous, aspiring actress whom McInerney has said was inspired by Hunter -- then named Lisa Druck -- and a group of friends the author had met in New York.
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February 27, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Call it, if you will, the virtual literary event of the year. Or of February at least. Toni Morrison, the grande dame of American letters, is holding what's billed as a "first-of-its-kind digital book signing" Wednesday at noon PST (3 p.m. EST). Google and Morrison's paperback publisher, Random House division Vintage Books, are teaming up for the event, which will be held at Google's New York office and will stream live on various websites. "Using a Wacom tablet, Morrison will sign digital versions of her newest national bestseller, 'Home,'" says a Random House news release.
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April 5, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Sandra Cisneros' first novel, "The House on Mango Street," has sold more than 5 million copies. A coming-of-age story, it's that rare book that can be assigned to grade-school children and college students, and it's been translated into several languages (the Spanish translation was the work of the great Mexican essayist, journalist and novelist Elena Poniatowska). But Cisneros first published "The House on Mango Street" in 1984 (with the University of Houston-based Arte Publico Press )
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February 27, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Call it, if you will, the virtual literary event of the year. Or of February at least. Toni Morrison, the grande dame of American letters, is holding what's billed as a "first-of-its-kind digital book signing" Wednesday at noon PST (3 p.m. EST). Google and Morrison's paperback publisher, Random House division Vintage Books, are teaming up for the event, which will be held at Google's New York office and will stream live on various websites. "Using a Wacom tablet, Morrison will sign digital versions of her newest national bestseller, 'Home,'" says a Random House news release.
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August 16, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Lauren Conrad of "The Hills" fame -- and also fashion-line fame and "L.A. Candy" novel series fame -- has an online video series called Crafty Creations. In it, she undertakes low-end DIY projects, such as melting crayons on a board and calling it art, making a bracelet out of washers, and building corkboards from wine corks. Supportive commenters leave messages like "Lauren~ Just when I think you have done it all you come up with Crafty-creations, Absolutely LOVE!!!" and "You are still so adorable!
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June 3, 2012
Art of War A Graphic Novel Kelly Roman & Michael DeWeese Harper Perennial, $22.99 For 2,000 years, Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" has dispensed battlefield strategy and tactics. And in Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese's graphic novel, Sun Tzu is alive and well, living as a powerful kingpin in a world in whichChina'sdomination is supreme. A soldier named Kelly, released from prison (where he was sent for a friendly fire incident), wants to know who murdered his brother.
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August 12, 2008 | From the Associated Press
An old Jay McInerney novel featuring a party girl based on John Edwards' future mistress, Rielle Hunter, is getting a fresh printing from its publisher. An additional 2,500 copies have been commissioned for "Story of My Life," according to Vintage Books, a paperback imprint of Random House Inc. The book, first released in 1988, is narrated by a promiscuous, aspiring actress whom McInerney has said was inspired by Hunter -- then named Lisa Druck -- and a group of friends the author had met in New York.
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October 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Oprah Winfrey has picked "Love in the Time of Cholera," the epic love story by Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, as her next book club selection. "If you love love, this book is the best love story ever," Winfrey said Friday on her daytime talk show. The novel by the Colombian-born García Márquez was published in 1985. Set on the Caribbean coast of South America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it tells the tale of a woman and two men, and an unrequited love that spans 50 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2013 | By David Ng
As fans await the movie version of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which is expected to hit screens Valentine's Day 2015, there's another, less serious dramatization aiming to satisfy devotees of E.L. James' bestselling novels. "50 Shades! The Musical" is a stage parody of the books that has been touring the country. The show is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in early 2014, running Feb. 25-March 16. (The show isn't a production of Center Theatre Group, which operates the Kirk Douglas.
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December 18, 1997 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Keith Burns has no problem understanding why shoppers of the "boomer" generation (born 1947-64) come to his shop seeking Christmas and Hanukkah books for their children--books that are at least as old as the parents. "They want stories for their kids which are benign, nonviolent and pleasant," he said. "Books their mothers used to read to them in 1951."
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February 27, 2005 | Susan Salter Reynolds
"People with second sight have known for a long time that some places are more susceptible to spiritual presences than others. Iceland is one of the spheres for this special presence; people knew this even in the Middle Ages. There are special spots here where the All-thought is manifest in the elements themselves, places where fire has become earth, earth become water, water become air, and air become spirit."
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August 10, 2003 | Li-Young Lee
Look at the birds. Even flying Is born out of nothing. The first sky is inside you, open at either end of day. The work of wings was always freedom, fastening one heart to every falling thing.
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