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  • Attica Locke lives in L.A., but she writes about what she knows — black life in Texas

    Attica Locke lives in L.A., but she writes about what she knows — black life in Texas

    Few contemporary writers have portrayed black Southern life with as much wit and heart-pounding drama as Attica Locke, whose latest book is the mystery “Bluebird, Bluebird.” Formerly a writer and producer on the television show “Empire,” Locke took the publishing world by storm with her debut legal...

  • Prize-winning experimental author William Gass dies at 93

    Prize-winning experimental author William Gass dies at 93

    William Gass, a leading experimental writer of the 1960s and '70s who went on to become an award-winning essayist and translator and an influence on many younger writers, has died at his home in St. Louis. He was 93. Gass’ death Wednesday was announced by his publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. The cause...

  • The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    Steps from the crowds of holiday shoppers streaming into Forever 21 and the Apple Store in Pasadena, in a second-floor walk-up, a trove of unique offerings waits for book lovers with very special gift lists. At Whitmore Rare Books, which specializes in literary first editions and antiquarian books,...

  • Lorin Stein resigns from his post as editor of the Paris Review after 'an abuse of my position'

    Lorin Stein resigns from his post as editor of the Paris Review after 'an abuse of my position'

    Lorin Stein, the editor of the Paris Review, has resigned his position, the New York Times reports. It’s one of the highest profile fallouts in the literary world of the sexual harassment and assault allegations that have been sounding through Hollywood and other industries. In a letter of resignation...

  • 'Avatar' and its four planned sequels spawn book series

    'Avatar' and its four planned sequels spawn book series

    Fans of “Avatar,” the James Cameron film that became the highest-grossing movie in history, have something to look forward to besides its four planned sequels: a series of books based on the film series. Penguin Random House announced Wednesday that it will publish “a wide range of books across...

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