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Patricia Lockwood likes to write in bed. 'Priestdaddy' is her memoir

Patricia Lockwood became a famous poet on the Internet, a statement that raises many questions: Is “famous poet” even a thing? Isn’t poetry a stodgy and dignified endeavor, more suited to print magazines like the New Yorker than ephemeral, frivolous spaces like Twitter? And how was it that some...

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    That the lens of grief can distort everyday life into something both crystalline and surreal is on full display in Vi Khi Nao’s experimental novel “Fish in Exile” (Coffee House Press, $16.95 paper) in which a cast of characters collide, conflict and claw their way through the aftermath of a tragedy....

  • Over time, the L.A. Times saw Conrad Aiken as brilliant, misunderstood and dishonest

    Over time, the L.A. Times saw Conrad Aiken as brilliant, misunderstood and dishonest

    How is a writer’s reputation made — and how does it change? In 1939, we called Conrad Aiken “brilliant and misunderstood”; in 1963, “brilliant but dishonest.” Here’s a sample of our reviews of Aiken’s work, over time. 1920, “Scepticisms: Notes on Contemporary Poetry” Mr. Aiken intensely admires...

  • Is it time to rediscover Conrad Aiken?

    Is it time to rediscover Conrad Aiken?

    The life of writer Conrad Aiken, like the best of his work, was a great circle. It began in Savannah, Ga., in a red brick row house at 228 E. Oglethorpe Ave. After years in New England and abroad, he returned decades later to that quaint, crumbling Southern metropolis to live in a house adjoining...

  • Rueben Martinez, winner of the Innovator's Award at the L.A. Times Book Prizes

    Rueben Martinez, winner of the Innovator's Award at the L.A. Times Book Prizes

    “These were my tickets out of the copper mines,” says Rueben Martinez, sweeping his hand over the books stacked on the coffee table inside his small, sage-colored home. A sign on the lawn announces, “This House is Celebrating its Centennial,” and shaded by two stately pepper trees, the craftsman...

  • Adam Haslett, L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, discusses 'Imagine Me Gone'

    Adam Haslett, L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, discusses 'Imagine Me Gone'

    Adam Haslett was still a student at Yale Law School when his first book, the short story collection “You Are Not a Stranger Here,” was published in 2002. The book earned rave reviews and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He followed that up eight years later with...

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    Colson Whitehead wins the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for 'The Underground Railroad'

    Colson Whitehead won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in fiction Monday for “The Underground Railroad.” It caps a sweep of accolades that the book has received since its publication by Doubleday in August 2016, including winning the National Book Award in November and being selected by Oprah Winfrey for...

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    Bill Cosby's 'Little Bill' makes the list of most banned books in 2016

    The American Library Assn. released its list of the most banned and challenged books in 2016, with Bill Cosby joining perennially challenged authors John Green and David Levithan. Cosby's “Little Bill” children's book series ranked No. 9 on the list. Its inclusion is unusual because challenges...

  • A visit with Other Books in Boyle Heights

    A visit with Other Books in Boyle Heights

    In between a Mexican-crafted leather goods shop and an El Pollo Loco in Boyle Heights, works written by the likes of Alice Bag, James Baldwin, Inéz Estrada and Allen Ginsberg are shelved in light-wood bookcases. Other Books carries a selection of new and used books, comics and zines, but there’s...

  • Naomi Klein urges resistance to Donald Trump in upcoming book

    Naomi Klein urges resistance to Donald Trump in upcoming book

    Naomi Klein, the author known for her fierce criticism of unfettered capitalism, is writing a book about the Trump administration. And it’s not going to be nice. The Guardian reports that "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need" will be published in the...

  • Amazon's new Manhattan bookstore will be across from the Empire State Building

    Amazon's new Manhattan bookstore will be across from the Empire State Building

    Amazon will open a second brick-and-mortar bookstore in Manhattan in 2017, Publishers Weekly reports. If all goes as planned, that will make a total of 11 physical stores for the online retailer. Amazon Books will open this summer across the street from the Empire State Building on 34th street....

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