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Ben Tarnoff on 'The Bohemians' and Mark Twain [Video]

Author Ben Tarnoff takes readers back in literary history with his book, "The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature."

In "The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature," Ben Tarnoff explores Twain's formative years as a young writer in San Francisco in the 1860s and the surprisingly rich cultural community he found there.

Tarnoff sat down with me at the L.A. Times Festival of Books to talk about "The Bohemians." As part of this year's celebration, we explored what it takes to become a writer.

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Tarnoff explained how Ray Bradbury inspired him to write about history; you can follow your own writer's path by playing our online game.

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