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  • Tom Hanks' first book, 'Uncommon Type,' will arrive in October

    Tom Hanks' first book, 'Uncommon Type,' will arrive in October

    It seems as if Tom Hanks has been in just about everything — and soon he can be in your library too. The two-time Oscar winner has a book of fiction coming out in October. Titled “Uncommon Type: Some Stories,” the book features 17 stories that each involve a different variety of typewriter, Hanks’...

  • E.L. James, author of the 'Fifty Shades' books, whips Piers Morgan on Twitter

    E.L. James, author of the 'Fifty Shades' books, whips Piers Morgan on Twitter

    British journalist Piers Morgan tried to use E.L. James to distract from his ongoing Twitter feud with J.K. Rowling, but the "Fifty Shades of Grey" author ended up spanking him on social media. "Hi @E_L_James, any chance you could start tweeting me one of your books?" Morgan tweeted at the erotica...

  • Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

    Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

    The back wall at the Blue Bottle Coffee in downtown Los Angeles is lined from top to bottom with books. The airy coffee destination fills the corner of the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. Behind plate-glass windows, patrons can be seen drifting to the counter for personalized...

  • Irwin Stambler, who chronicled the history of rock in scholarly encyclopedias, dies at 92

    Irwin Stambler, who chronicled the history of rock in scholarly encyclopedias, dies at 92

    Irwin Stambler, an aeronautical engineer whose love of music inspired him to write some of the earliest and most flavorful encyclopedias on pop music, has died at the age of 92. Stambler died Feb. 10 of complications from sepsis in West Los Angeles, his family said.  A prolific author who wrote...

  • Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Betty White and the Obamas

    Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Betty White and the Obamas

    It’s one thing to read “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s another to have it read to you by Barack and Michelle Obama. To celebrate World Read Aloud Day, which inspires “children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and [create] a community of readers taking action to show...

  • With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

    With her debut novel 'The Wangs Vs. The World,' Jade Chang hit big

    “In a lot of ways, a country is like a family,” says Jade Chang. We’re seated across from one another at a table in her West Hollywood apartment, blithely laying slices of cold butter onto vegan banana bread and discussing her debut, bestselling novel, “The Wangs vs. the World,” which charts one...

  • Making your own house at Pooh corner — author A.A. Milne's home is for sale

    Making your own house at Pooh corner — author A.A. Milne's home is for sale

    In “The House at Pooh Corner,” Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet and their friends decide to build a house for Eeyore, who has none.  Now the home of the man who wrote that and the other Pooh stories, A.A. Milne, could be yours. Cotchford Farm, where author A.A. Milne wrote the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh,...

  • Baileys no more: Women's prize for fiction is seeking a new sponsor

    Baileys no more: Women's prize for fiction is seeking a new sponsor

    The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction is looking for a new sponsor and a new name, reports the Guardian. The British literary award, given annually to a novel written in English by a female author, is losing the sponsorship of Baileys, the liquor company best known for its Irish cream. The founder...

  • Books: Why now is the time to read a 5-year-old book and more from books at the L.A. Times

    Hi, I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg with the latest in books. THE BIG STORY It’s rare that a 5-year-old book becomes timely, but that’s the case for “Private Empire” by Steve Coll. The book, about ExxonMobil and the man who, until recently, led it, “is the portrait of an ethos,” writes Sarah Chayes....

  • Rescued from history: The baseball teams of East Los Angeles

    Rescued from history: The baseball teams of East Los Angeles

    If you spend enough time getting to know a city, you’ll notice official and unofficial monuments of its history. On rare occasions, you might catch sight of grown men in crisp white and sky-blue uniforms kicking up clouds of dust at the diamond on 4th Street and Evergreen Avenue. This is part of...

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