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  • How did 'Space Raptor Butt Invasion' by Chuck Tingle become a Hugo finalist?

    How did 'Space Raptor Butt Invasion' by Chuck Tingle become a Hugo finalist?

    Why on earth — or the rest of the solar system — is a book called "Space Raptor Butt Invasion" by Chuck Tingle up for a Hugo award? Thank the puppies. They sound cute, but for the second year in a row, politically motivated groups calling themselves the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have more...

  • Anna Kendrick's book, 'Scrappy Little Nobody,' gets November release date

    Anna Kendrick's book, 'Scrappy Little Nobody,' gets November release date

    Anna Kendrick, the "Up in the Air" and "Pitch Perfect" star, is known for her quirky sense of humor, which is on full display on her Twitter account. So it's fitting that Kendrick used the social media service to announce the Nov. 15 publication date for her new essay collection, "Scrappy Little...

  • Father's memoir spurs Scientology leader David Miscavige to threaten lawsuit

    Father's memoir spurs Scientology leader David Miscavige to threaten lawsuit

    The leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, is looking to stop the publication of a new tell-all memoir written by his father Ron Miscavige. In a document first published by Tony Ortega, noted Scientology reporter, lawyers from Johnsons Solicitors, working on behalf of David Miscavige,...

  • Lit pick of the week: Independent Bookstore Day

    Lit pick of the week: Independent Bookstore Day

    If you only do one thing this week, go to a bookstore on Saturday. The best part? It largely doesn’t matter which one. Independent Bookstore Day is April 30, and bookstores throughout the L.A. area will be taking part in giveaways, contests, special events and book signings. Think Free Comic Book...

  • Finalists for 2016 Hugo Awards are named

    Finalists for 2016 Hugo Awards are named

    The finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced Tuesday online.  The final ballot to select this year’s winners will open in mid-May and will be open to all Attending, Young Adult and Supporting members of MidAmeriCon II. The winners of the 2016...

  • The real reason Latinos are overlooked during National Poetry Month

    The real reason Latinos are overlooked during National Poetry Month

    Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino poet laureate of the United States, has just been named to a second term in one of the most visible ambassadorships of American poetry. Yet American poetry continues to marginalize if not completely exclude Latino poets. I know this because every National Poetry...

  • Rigoberto González list of 23 essential new books by Latino poets

    Rigoberto González list of 23 essential new books by Latino poets

    Essential books of poetry by Latino authors selected by Times Critic-at-Large Rigoberto González Listed alphabetically by author and editor Francisco X. Alarcón and Odilia Galván Rodríguez, editors, "Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice" (University of Arizona Press) David Campos, "Furious...

  • Elizabeth Hand's mystery series takes on art and death on the way to whodunit in 'Hard Light'

    Elizabeth Hand's mystery series takes on art and death on the way to whodunit in 'Hard Light'

     Popular culture has been teeming with antiheroes of late, but Elizabeth Hand's Cass Neary stands out from the crowd. For one thing, she's a woman, not a man with a hit list and a moral code or a power complex and a nagging wife. She doesn't really fit any archetype; she crackles with individuality....

  • In 'Shallcross,' C.D. Wright was at the height of her powers

    In 'Shallcross,' C.D. Wright was at the height of her powers

    C.D. Wright was among the small handful of truly great poets of our time. Though she spent much of her adult life in Rhode Island, where she taught at Brown and was married to the poet Forrest Gander, Wright was born in the Ozark mountain region of Arkansas, and her poetic voice never really left...

  • George R.R. Martin hints at possible 'Game of Thrones' spinoff series

    George R.R. Martin hints at possible 'Game of Thrones' spinoff series

    The sixth season of "Game of Thrones," the hit television series based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, begins Sunday, but panicked fans are already dreading the show's eventual end. Yet in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin hinted that the end might not really...

  • L.A. Public Library unveils new card designed by Shepard Fairey

    L.A. Public Library unveils new card designed by Shepard Fairey

    The Los Angeles Public Library seriously upped its hipster credentials when it unveiled on Tuesday its new library card co-designed by L.A. street artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey's design, which he created with artist Cleon Peterson, depicts the historic Central Library in downtown in a white, green...

  • Who is your favorite author voting for today in New York?

    Who is your favorite author voting for today in New York?

    New Yorkers aren't known for being shy about sharing their opinions, and politics is no exception. Empire State voters go to the polls Tuesday to vote in the increasingly contentious Democratic and Republican primaries, and more than a few celebrities have weighed in on the races. Here's who some...

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'

    Viet Thanh Nguyen wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'

    Viet Thanh Nguyen took the Pulitzer Prize in fiction Monday for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer," published by Grove Press. Nguyen, a professor at the USC, is one of the L.A. Times' 10 critics at large. "Thanks for all your good wishes," Nguyen wrote on Facebook. "I double checked with real people...

  • Author John Green is in training to drive a pace car on Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    Author John Green is in training to drive a pace car on Indianapolis Motor Speedway

    John Green, the bestselling, award-winning author of beloved young adult novels "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Looking for Alaska," clearly has his finger on the pulse of American teenagers. Now he'll get the chance to live out the fantasy of a lot of kids: driving a pace car on the Indianapolis...

  • The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

    The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

    As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616. Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same day. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because...

  • Rachel Dolezal will publish a book about race

    Rachel Dolezal will publish a book about race

    Rachel Dolezal, the Washington-state NAACP leader who made headlines last year after it was revealed that she was from a white family, is writing a book about race. Despite her ethnic heritage, Dolezal told the "Today" show "I identify as black" in the middle of last year's controversy. Dolezal...

  • World's best-selling author says that 'publishing' and 'innovation' belong in the same sentence

    World's best-selling author says that 'publishing' and 'innovation' belong in the same sentence

    James Patterson was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize Innovator's Award at the L.A. Times Book Prizes on Saturday. This is a transcript of his acceptance speech. Hi, I’m Stephen King. [laughter] You know, it’s a long, long way from Newburgh, N.Y., where I grew up – which was recently voted the...

  • Juan Felipe Herrera's words of wisdom: You. Have. A. Beautiful. Voice.

    Juan Felipe Herrera's words of wisdom: You. Have. A. Beautiful. Voice.

    Juan Felipe Herrera was awarded the L.A. Times Book Prize Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement at the LA Times Book Prizes on Sat., April 9. This is a transcript of his acceptance speech. Thank you so much. Muchas gracias. I am humbled by this. I want to thank Robert Kirsch’s legacy and...

  • Not your mama's Highlights magazine

    Not your mama's Highlights magazine

    Highlights, that ubiquitous magazine in the waiting rooms of childhood, has gone interactive. Highlights Every Day, a new app from the magazine publisher, goes beyond simply making the children’s magazine digital. It translates the immersive experience of delving into a Highlights magazine into...

  • Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary!

    Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary!

    Beverly Cleary, the legendary children's author who brought the world Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins and Ralph S. Mouse, turned 100 years old Tuesday. Just don't ask her what her secret is. "I didn't do it on purpose," she joked to the Associated Press. The author, who was born before World War I...

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