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  • Derek Walcott's poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language

    Derek Walcott's poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language

    I discovered Derek Walcott in graduate school after a professor of Caribbean literature recommended “The Prodigal.” I read it slowly, over the course of several weeks, taking in a section or a stanza at a time. His poetry demanded a certain kind of work from me, and I resented that. But one afternoon,...

  • Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet, dies at 87

    Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet, dies at 87

    Derek Walcott, a Nobel-prize winning poet known for capturing the essence of his native Caribbean, has died on the island of St. Lucia. He was 87. Walcott's death in the eastern Caribbean nation was first confirmed early Friday by his son, Peter. "Derek Alton Walcott, poet, playwright, and painter...

  • A co-working space for working writers

    A co-working space for working writers

    At the end of a steep driveway, perched above the shops and restaurants of Silver Lake’s Hyperion Avenue, author Janelle Brown stands at the entrance of a cantilevered Midcentury Modern building, its glass walls cross-hatched with metal sash windows like a translucent Rubik’s cube. It’s the kind...

  • Louise Erdrich and Matthew Desmond win National Book Critics Circle Awards

    Louise Erdrich and Matthew Desmond win National Book Critics Circle Awards

    Matthew Desmond took the nonfiction prize for his book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” published by Crown, and Louise Erdrich won the fiction award for her novel “LaRose,” published by Harper, at the National Book Critics Circle Awards in New York on Thursday night. The National...

  • Trump wants to cut NEA funding; literary Twitter reacts

    Trump wants to cut NEA funding; literary Twitter reacts

    As if literature needs any more trouble, The National Endowment for the Arts is on the chopping block. The 2018 budget blueprint, released Thursday morning by the Trump administration, eliminates funding for the NEA, National Endowment for the Humanities and 17 other independent agencies. Unlike...

  • The L.A. Times book festival schedule, tickets, and Innovator's Award winner announced

    The L.A. Times book festival schedule, tickets, and Innovator's Award winner announced

    The schedule and lineup for the 22nd annual L.A. Times Festival of Books was unveiled Thursday morning. The Festival of Books will take place April 22-23 on the campus of USC. Featured authors appearing at the festival include Margaret Atwood, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Saunders, T.C. Boyle, Joyce...

  • Is Amazon is planning a brick-and-mortar bookstore in L.A.?

    Is Amazon is planning a brick-and-mortar bookstore in L.A.?

    Amazon, the online mega-retailer, may have its sights set on Los Angeles as the location for another of its brick-and-mortar bookstores. Local real estate brokers say the company has been scouting locations for a possible L.A. bookstore, the Los Angeles Business Journal reported. Amazon had no...

  • Dave Eggers, Valeria Luiselli and more will judge the 2017 National Book Awards

    Dave Eggers, Valeria Luiselli and more will judge the 2017 National Book Awards

    Dave Eggers, Valeria Luiselli, Jacqueline Woodson and Nick Flynn are among those who will be judging the 2017 National Book Awards. The National Book Foundation announced the new roster of 20 judges Monday. They include authors, some whom are previous National Book Award winners and finalists,...

  • First-ever Lambda LitFest in L.A. tonight

    First-ever Lambda LitFest in L.A. tonight

    “Especially now, this is an important event for the community, for queer readers and writers to come to together and be heard,” says Dan Lopez, a writer and steering committee member of the first Lambda LitFest, which spans March 6-12 in Los Angeles. “We want to create more and more places for...

  • Author Paula Fox, Newbery Medal winner and grandmother of Courtney Love, dies at 93

    Author Paula Fox, Newbery Medal winner and grandmother of Courtney Love, dies at 93

    Paula Fox, a prizewinning author who created high art out of imagined chaos in such novels as "Poor George" and "Desperate Characters" and out of real-life upheavals in her memoir, "Borrowed Finery," has died at 93. Her daughter, Linda Carroll, said Fox died Wednesday at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital....

  • Rebecca Solnit tries to answer 'The Mother of All Questions'

    Rebecca Solnit tries to answer 'The Mother of All Questions'

    “I have been waiting all my life for what 2014 has brought,” Rebecca Solnit writes in “The Mother of All Questions,” a new collection of feminist essays that follows her 2014 hit “Men Explain Things to Me.” That year, she celebrated a thunderous wave of women’s empowerment, “an enormous change...

  • In her debut memoir, notorious writer Cat Marnell apologizes for nothing

    In her debut memoir, notorious writer Cat Marnell apologizes for nothing

    Ask Cat Marnell, the former Condé Nast beauty editor who has documented her decades-long drug addiction in shamelessly scandalous columns for Vice and xoJane, whether her new memoir, “How to Murder Your Life,” glorifies drug abuse, and she doesn’t skip a beat. “Sure! It’s glorious,” she breezily...

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