August 30, 2013 |
When it came out in 2003, David Levithan's young-adult debut, "Boy Meets Boy," had the pinkish glow of wish fulfillment. Its gay-teen hero found love in a small-town utopia where parents embraced children's differences, jocks treated queers as peers, and a cross-dressing high school quarterback could double as head cheerleader. So much peace, love and understanding - at a time when homosexuality was illegal in 14 states, when "Don't ask, don't tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act were the laws of the land, and the murder of Matthew Shepard was fresh in memory.
August 8, 2013 |
"If I Ever Get Out of Here," Eric Gansworth's first novel for young people, rings true with a sophisticated look at what it's like to be an outsider and what it takes to be a true friend. Lewis Blake has precious little going for him in school; he's smart, sure. But he's super skinny, essentially friendless, his family is dirt poor, and he's from the "rez" in an area that routinely treats his Tuscarora Reservation community with disdain - or worse. The friendship part starts to change with the arrival at school of George, an Air Force kid. Lewis and George share the same experiences many adolescent pals do: eagerness to learn about girls, sneaked beers, campouts.
July 23, 2013 |
Judging by the movies she'll be starring in this fall, actress Shailene Woodley has great taste in young adult books. She was at Comic-Con last week to talk about Summit Entertainment's upcoming adaptation "Divergent," Veronica Roth's dystopian young adult series. Woodley joined actor Theo James, director Neil Burger, and writer Veronica Roth (who wrote a diary about her experience for Hero Complex) at Hall H to screen footage and answer questions. Summit, which developed Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" saga into a record-breaking phenomenon, are clearly hoping for another, potentially "Hunger Games"-sized hit, driven by the young adult audience that has flocked to book-to-big-screen adaptations.
July 7, 2013 |
Character actor Donal Logue is performing the tricky but enviable task of juggling roles in three cable series - BBC America's "Copper," the History Channel's "Vikings" and "Sons of Anarchy" on FX. He talked about the series that's currently on the air, "Copper," a day before flying to Ireland to film "Vikings. " Let's start with "Copper. " Is it true that you went after the role of ward boss Brendan Donovan? No, "Copper" was something quite unexpected, literally a phone call on a Tuesday afternoon before I started shooting on Monday.
May 31, 2013 |
If you're planning to hit the beach -- or mountains or woods or backyard patio -- don't forget to bring along a book or two. In our list of 156 summer book picks, you'll find thrillers and young adult books, science books and novels, memoirs and science fiction, books about pop culture and just for kids. There's really something for everyone. A special summer books pull-out tablet -- online here -- appears in the L.A. Times print edition on Sunday. It includes an essay from book critic David L. Ulin, in which he contemplates the luxury of time the summer affords us to read -- a luxury that may be more imaginary than real.
May 30, 2013 |
David Iserson is used to writing for TV, with credits that include "United States of Tara," "Up All Night" and currently "New Girl"-- so he's become accustomed to all the ribbing that's built into the comedy environment. That's why the 35-year-old writer was half-prepared for some mocking with the release of his new YA novel " Firecracker ," out from Razorbill this month. He'll be reading and signing "Firecracker" at Skylight Books at 5 p.m. June 2. "Nobody has really made fun of me in a world where everybody makes fun of everybody," he said with a tinge of astonishment when we spoke by phone.