Carolyn Kellogg

Writer

Carolyn Kellogg was named book editor of the Los Angeles Times in 2016. She joined the L.A. Times in 2010 as a staff writer in books with an emphasis on digital projects. Her work was recognized with the paper's editorial award. For six years, she served on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. Prior to coming to The Times, she served as editor of LAist.com, web editor of Marketplace and as the web editor of the California Community Foundation. In her spare time, she ran a podcast interviewing authors called Pinky's Paperhaus. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.

Recent Articles

  • In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster

    In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster

    This year, publishing needs a hit. Not that 2016 was bad; it was fine. Books sales basically held steady — down a little here, up some there — for the most recent period for which we have numbers, from January to July. Although the Assn. of American Publishers wants to crow about the fact that...

  • Books: Racial upheaval, quiet resistance and Charles Dickens in emoji

    Happy holidays! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, our book editor, wishing you the best of the season. May the winter rain fall gently on us all. THE BIG STORY Wesley Lowery went to Ferguson, Mo., to report on the death of Michael Brown and the protests that followed for the Washington Post. Soon he was traveling...

  • Books: 10 most important books of 2016 and more

    Hello, I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg, with this week’s book news for you. THE BIG STORY Looking back on the year, I’ve selected the 10 most important books of 2016. Because books take so long to create, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be as meaningful when they’re published as they were when...

  • The 10 most important books of 2016

    The 10 most important books of 2016

    Books are slow food. It generally takes two years, two hardworking years, to cook up a book from idea to publication. Some writers can go faster — those who publish a book a year (or more) are working at top speed — while others write much more slowly, ruminating and reworking and false-starting...

  • The most important moment in books of 2016: The death of Harper Lee

    The most important moment in books of 2016: The death of Harper Lee

    It was as if Scout herself had died. Of course, everyone knows that Harper Lee, who died Feb. 19 at age 89, was not Scout, the protagonist of her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” But the book was so beloved, and Lee herself had withdrawn so completely from public life, that she and Scout became twin...

  • Books: Food and the stories we tell, plus glam rock and YA in the age of Trump

    Books: Food and the stories we tell, plus glam rock and YA in the age of Trump

    Are you still shopping for the holidays? Don’t miss our books gift guide! THE BIG STORY Susan Straight is one of our Critics at Large and writes an essay for us that’s really hard to sum up (that’s how you can tell it’s a good essay). Basically, it’s about an elk head and food and J. Ryan Stradal’s...

  • Books newsletter: Your book-shopping helper, smart cephalopods and more

    If you’re shopping for the holidays, we have you covered: There are more books than ever before in our holiday gift guide — upward of 170 titles to give and get, from “Baby’s First Quark” (yes, for babies) to Arnold Palmer’s final words of wisdom.  THE BIG STORY For much of the 20th century, many...

  • Books: Talking to Michael Chabon about fatherhood, plus a deep dive into the Krampus

    Books: Talking to Michael Chabon about fatherhood, plus a deep dive into the Krampus

    Winter is arriving in Southern California — it’s time to break out the long-sleeved shirts (sorry, snowy lands, you can keep your parkas) and settle in with a good book. THE BIG STORY Michael Chabon’s new novel “Moonglow” was inspired by a story his grandfather told on his deathbed. The novel is...

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