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When the robots take over; 4 new sci-fi reads

One major theme that’s been running through science fiction recently is the rise of artificial intelligence and the impact that might have on humanity. As we continue to improve upon and refine machine learning, it seems inevitable that the development of a true AI will occur at some point. And...

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    Night Vale comes to Brentwood with 'It Devours!'

    Fans of “Welcome to Night Vale,” the long-running, twice-monthly podcast that dispatches community news from a fictional desert town where mysterious lights flash in the night sky and even the most implausible conspiracy theories are real, were surprised Tuesday night at Diesel Bookstore to hear...

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    Gay Talese says Kevin Spacey accuser should 'suck it up'

    Legendary journalist and author Gay Talese said he feels "sad" for actor Kevin Spacey, who has been accused by multiple men of sexual harassment and assault, Vanity Fair reports. Talese made the comments Monday at the Library Lions Gala, a fundraising event for the New York Public Library. At the...

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    Exclusive: National Book Awards to be livestreamed by Facebook Live

    The National Book Awards, scheduled for Nov. 15 in New York, are to be streamed on Facebook Live on the National Book Foundation’s Facebook page, opening up the gala ceremony to a wide national audience. General admission tickets for the black-tie event, which is an invitation-only fundraiser,...

  • Sleepless in Austin: Tom Hanks helped a man propose to his girlfriend at the Texas Book Festival

    Sleepless in Austin: Tom Hanks helped a man propose to his girlfriend at the Texas Book Festival

    Actor and recent debut author Tom Hanks turned a Q&A session at the Texas Book Festival into a scene reminiscent of one of his romantic comedies on Saturday, helping a man propose to his girlfriend. Hanks was at a sold-out event at the book festival in Austin, Texas, discussing his first collection...

  • Rose McGowan will release a memoir next year. The title? 'Brave'

    Rose McGowan will release a memoir next year. The title? 'Brave'

    Rose McGowan, an actress who has been among those leading the charge against sexual harassment and assault in the film industry, will release a memoir in January. “Brave,” McGowan's first book, will be published Jan. 30 by Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins, according to a news release from...

  • Books: Matthew Weiner of 'Mad Men' fame writes a novel; an edgy local debut; bestsellers and more

    Hello! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, books editor of the L.A. Times. Let’s get to this week’s newsletter. THE BIG STORY Matthew Weiner concluded “Mad Men,” the show he created, with a shelf of Emmys and the ability to do anything he wanted. It’s not as easy as it sounds, he told Meredith Blake, explaining...

  • Armistead Maupin charms in Seattle

    Armistead Maupin charms in Seattle

    The one thing about hosting author interviews in public spaces is that you’ve got to “yes, and...” the hell out of them. No matter what the author throws at you, you have to make it an additive experience. If they tell an anecdote about fox hunting, you’ve got to find the connective tissue to tie...

  • Debut novelist Liska Jacobs sets a woman on the edge in 'Catalina'

    Debut novelist Liska Jacobs sets a woman on the edge in 'Catalina'

    Perched on a vista high above the city, immersed in rare, significant papers and art, Liska Jacobs had what seemed like a dream job as an assistant librarian at the Getty Research Institute, where she managed the special collections reading room. The only trouble, she realized while archiving a...

  • Matthew Weiner takes a break from TV and plunges into fiction with 'Heather, the Totality'

    Matthew Weiner takes a break from TV and plunges into fiction with 'Heather, the Totality'

    One day in the fall of 2015, Matthew Weiner was wandering a rarefied block on the Upper East Side when he saw a construction worker leering at an adolescent girl in a school uniform — “tall and slender and a little knock-kneed” — as she walked into a building under renovation. “What I really notice,”...

  • 'Crazy Rich Asians' film adaptation gets 2018 release date

    'Crazy Rich Asians' film adaptation gets 2018 release date

    The film based on Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel “Crazy Rich Asians” will be released next summer, Deadline reports. Warner Bros. announced that the comedy will open in theaters on Aug.17. The film is directed by Jon M. Chu, whose previous credits include “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” and “Now...

  • Bill O'Reilly is dropped by literary agency

    Bill O'Reilly is dropped by literary agency

    Bill O'Reilly has been dropped by his literary agency. “We no longer represent Bill O'Reilly for future deals,” William Morris Entertainment announced Thursday. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to service the existing deals we have under contract, but we will not be working with him moving forward.”...

  • The more-than-book-famous John Hodgman and his memoir 'Vacationland'

    The more-than-book-famous John Hodgman and his memoir 'Vacationland'

    “I only ever aspired to be book-famous. Once I got a little bit above book-famous, and got to almost semi-famous famous, the idea that I would fall back to book-famous was intolerable,” says John Hodgman with his trademark dry hyperbole. Then he pauses. “But in fact, that’s really where I belong.”...

  • Photographing California with a camera as big as a truck

    Photographing California with a camera as big as a truck

    The most ubiquitous camera in use today, the iPhone, fits inside of our pockets. The largest of artist John Chiara’s cameras, on the other hand, is big enough for him to step inside. Transported on a flatbed trailer, that camera takes photographs the analog way; his book “John Chiara: California”...

  • 'The Diary of Anne Frank' rings out at Italian soccer games in response to anti-Semitism

    'The Diary of Anne Frank' rings out at Italian soccer games in response to anti-Semitism

    “I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us....” The words of Anne Frank rang out over the loudspeakers at Italian soccer stadiums this week in a somber departure from the usual pregame festivities. Players wore shirts...

  • Colin Kaepernick rumored to land a million-dollar book deal

    Colin Kaepernick rumored to land a million-dollar book deal

    Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who inspired a nationwide protest movement against racism, has a million-dollar book deal from Random House imprint One World, according to the New York Post's Page Six. Random House did not immediately respond to a request for comment...

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