Agatha French

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Agatha French is a staff writer in books at the Los Angeles Times. She has worked as an editor for a number of literary journals and magazines, including the Los Angeles Review of Books. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. Born and raised in California, she has lived on Vancouver Island, British Columbia; St. Andrews, Scotland; Boulder, Colorado; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the west and east sides of L.A.

Recent Articles

  • 2018 literary breakthrough: Kima Jones

    2018 literary breakthrough: Kima Jones

    Kima Jones is the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, a not-yet-3-year-old, three-person L.A.-based book publicity company whose clients are primarily women of color. Jones is a savvy media strategist and creative force, already counting a Pulitzer Prize winner (Tyehimba Jess’ poetry collection...

  • Beautiful midcentury book covers in 'The Illustrated Dust Jacket'

    Beautiful midcentury book covers in 'The Illustrated Dust Jacket'

    What makes an outstanding book cover? The Book Jacket Designers Guild of the 1940s and ’50s defined the art as the “successful integration of concept with graphic means … and expression of the spirit of the book.” In other words, a great book cover translates its contents into an entirely different,...

  • Father Gregory Boyle, author of new book, to Pasadena audience: Consider radical kinship and compassion

    Father Gregory Boyle, author of new book, to Pasadena audience: Consider radical kinship and compassion

    Father Gregory Boyle is a fan of Freudian slips. Even the smallest, unintentional miswording can be instructive, he says. Addressing the packed pews of All Saints Church in Pasadena on Monday night, he recalled an instance when an eager young man had misread “The Lord is exalted” as “The Lord is...

  • Gayle Brandeis on her memoir 'The Art of Misdiagnosis'

    Gayle Brandeis on her memoir 'The Art of Misdiagnosis'

    Gayle Brandeis’ mother was an entrepreneur, an artist and activist who had spearheaded letter-writing campaigns to remove guns from Walmart, had lobbied congress to change divorce law and had just become a grandmother again. But something was secretly wrong. “After my mom hangs herself, I become...

  • The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    The book-lover's gift of a lifetime: rare books

    Steps from the crowds of holiday shoppers streaming into Forever 21 and the Apple Store in Pasadena, in a second-floor walk-up, a trove of unique offerings waits for book lovers with very special gift lists. At Whitmore Rare Books, which specializes in literary first editions and antiquarian books,...

  • Stargazing across millennia in 'Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World'

    Stargazing across millennia in 'Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World'

    Enclosed in total darkness, save for the soft outline of our own blue planet curving far below, a man in a puffy white space suit free-floats through space. The black is so deep and endless, and the earth from that vantage point so alien, that he looks positively inconsequential. He could be a...

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