May 18, 2013 |
Beneath the massive trees of the Malibu mountains, four small groups of people clad head-to-toe in red, green, yellow or blue stand around several long tables playing a heated game of flip cup. "Get it, blue!" a young woman shouts into a bullhorn. "You got this, green!" hollers another. It looks a little like a frat house basement dragged into the light of day, but this competition is much more innocent. It's part of Adult Color Wars, a weekend designed to give adults a chance to relive their days at camp.
May 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Michelle Tea has been a horoscope writer, an activist and a sex worker. She never graduated from college, but she has written a novel, a poetry collection and four memoirs - one of which, "Valencia," is being made into an independent film by 21 filmmakers. As co-founder of the literary performance group Sister Spit, she's led troupes of performance poets and artists across the United States and Europe. On a Sunday afternoon at a Polish restaurant in lower Manhattan, over a plate of pierogis and vegetarian borscht, she describes what might be her most unlikely project yet: a trilogy of young adult novels about a "radical Polish mermaid," the first of which, "Mermaid in Chelsea Creek" (McSweeney's McMullens, $19.95)
May 2, 2013 |
Publisher Algonquin on Wednesday announced Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint to be launched this fall. In so doing, it is climbing on to a very crowded bandwagon. In the last year, new young adult imprints have been launched or announced by more than a dozen publishers, operating across all adult genres. Except erotica (so far). Mystery publisher Poisoned Pen Press created Poisoned Pencil . Science fiction and fantasy publisher Angry Robot launched Strange Chemistry . Christian publisher Zondervan announced that it will begin publishing books for teens under its new Blink imprint.
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April 29, 2013 |
One girl gasps as the grainy black-and-white footage rolls: Women are screaming, thrusting their babies at soldiers boarding a helicopter. In the next scene, hundreds of refugees packed in the belly of a rickety boat rock in the ocean, desperately trying to flee their homeland after the fall of Saigon. Gathered in a Garden Grove office, young adults who grew up in the shadow of war watch the images, only tasting the horrors their parents and relatives endured when South Vietnam fell to Communist forces 38 years ago. For many in immigrant communities like Orange County's Little Saigon, the memory of April 30 - "Black April" to those who lived through it - has been passed on only through photographs, stories or rough video clips.
April 26, 2013 |
High-cost borrowing through payday loans, pawn shops, auto title loans and others is no longer on the margins of U.S. consumer behavior - about 1 in 4 Americans have tapped this kind of financing, new research shows. A new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds high-cost lending is now firmly rooted in the American financial system after two decades of strong growth. “High-cost borrowing cannot be considered a 'fringe' behavior that is limited to a specific and small segment of the population,” economists Annamaria Lusardi and Carlo de Bassa Scheresberg wrote in their study.
April 21, 2013 |
Be careful what you wish for. That was the lesson imparted by young-adult authors during a Sunday morning panel titled "Modern Cinderella Stories" at the L.A. Times Festival of Books . Audience members braved the early heat at the Young Adult Stage to listen to Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, authors of “Messy,” the follow-up book to “Spoiled.” They tell the story of Molly Dix, who after her mother dies discovers that her father...
April 16, 2013 |
Marketers increasingly are focused on teenagers and young adults who are coming of age during the digital revolution -- creating shifts in viewing behavior that likely will have profound consequences for television companies. Ratings giant Nielsen on Tuesday released a study that explored viewing behavior of the so-called millennial generation -- the demographic roughly between the ages of 14 and 34. The report found that younger Americans are more multicultural than older Americans.
March 26, 2013 |
If you're among the 100,000 young people who soon may be heading to Mexico to party at a cool beach resort for spring break, the U.S. State Department has a bit of advice for you. "While the vast majority enjoys their vacation without incident, several may die, hundreds will be arrested, and still more will make mistakes that could affect them for the rest of their lives. " Already one life has been lost. USC senior Samuel Levine on spring break in Cabo San Lucas fell to his death from a sixth-floor balcony.
February 13, 2013 |
Maybe there really are supernatural forces at work in this world. How else to explain "Beautiful Creatures"? The movie is an intriguing, intelligent enigma - three words not typically associated with teen romances. A couple of unknown heartthrobs provide the film's X-factor, while its angst lies in true love's struggle against otherworldly powers, Civil War flashbacks, literary conceits and high school friction. Besides, any film that credibly references poet Charles Bukowski has my attention.
January 24, 2013 |
Prodigy A Legend Novel By Marie Lu G.P. Putnam's Sons: 384 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and older The second book in any trilogy typically ends up the underachieving middle child: Instead of introducing us to a world or providing the series' climax, it's just connective tissue. This is especially true in the YA world, even in a blockbuster series - think "Crossed" (the "Matched" series), "Catching Fire" ("The Hunger Games") and "New Moon" ("Twilight"). Marie Lu has beaten the curse with "Prodigy," the second book in the "Legend" series.