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  • Editor John Freeman, a powerful force in the literary world

    Editor John Freeman, a powerful force in the literary world

    The first time John Freeman lost his laptop, he panicked. He was traveling through Charles de Gaulle airport in summer 2016, and he only spoke “a smattering” of French. “I thought, ‘I’m never going to get this back.’ And it had three years of not-backed-up writing on it,” he recalled. Luckily,...

  • The creator of a crowdsourced list of allegedly abusive men in media reveals her identity

    The creator of a crowdsourced list of allegedly abusive men in media reveals her identity

    The creator of the Media Men List, an anonymous, crowdsourced spreadsheet documenting allegations of sexual misconduct by men in the publishing industry and other media, identified herself as Moira Donegan in a first-person essay for The Cut published Wednesday evening. Her essay preempted speculation...

  • Arthur Miller's archive is going to the University of Texas

    Arthur Miller's archive is going to the University of Texas

    Almost 13 years after his death, playwright Arthur Miller's archive finally has a home — at the University of Texas at Austin. The school's Harry Ransom Center, a research library and museum, has acquired the archive of the theater legend, known for plays like “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible”...

  • Prisons are making new moves to control what books inmates can read

    Prisons are making new moves to control what books inmates can read

    The book “The New Jim Crow,” about the mass incarceration of African Americans, was banned in two New Jersey prisons. But after a challenge by the ACLU, prisoners across the state will be able to read it. NBC News reports that Michelle Alexander's “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age...

  • PEN Center USA will merge with New York chapter to become PEN America

    PEN Center USA will merge with New York chapter to become PEN America

    PEN Center USA, the Los Angeles branch of the literary and human rights organization PEN International and a vital force in the city’s literary community, will join forces with the New York PEN in 2018. The new combined entity will be known as PEN America and will be overseen by Suzanne Nossel...

  • How to read more books in 2018

    How to read more books in 2018

    It's resolution time. Will this be the year you hit the treadmill for an hour every day, make all your meals at home, learn a new language and max out your retirement savings accounts? Perhaps. But more often than not, New Year's resolutions are abandoned before the first gym payment goes through...

  • Famed mystery writer Sue Grafton loses battle against cancer

    Famed mystery writer Sue Grafton loses battle against cancer

    Just a handful of books into her wildly popular Alphabet series of mystery novels, writer Sue Grafton was already fielding questions about the inevitable: What comes after ‘Z’? “To think about ‘Z’ means skipping right over all the intervening years,” the beloved writer wrote in a Q&A on her website...

  • Tracing the roots of misogyny to ancient Greece and Rome with Mary Beard

    Tracing the roots of misogyny to ancient Greece and Rome with Mary Beard

    The classicist Mary Beard opens her book “Women & Power” with a scene out of the Odyssey. Penelope leaves her room to approach the assorted suitors who more or less occupy her mansion, waiting for her to give up on long-lost Odysseus and marry one of them. When she requests they stop singing such...

  • Does Aung San Suu Kyi belong in a children's book of heroic women, 'Rebel Girls'?

    Does Aung San Suu Kyi belong in a children's book of heroic women, 'Rebel Girls'?

    The authors of the bestselling, crowd-funded children's book “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” are facing calls to remove Aung San Suu Kyi from future editions. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and Myanmar’s head of government has come under fire for her silence and inaction regarding the country’s...

  • Books: Last-minute gift ideas, a literary road trip and more

    I know there are some people done with their holiday shopping; I am not one of them. If you, like me, still have some gifts to get, this newsletter may be able to help you. (Your friends and family like books, right?) I’m L.A. Times books editor Carolyn Kellogg with this week’s newsletter. YOUR...

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