Carolyn Kellogg


Carolyn Kellogg is book editor of the Los Angeles Times. She is a recipient of the paper’s editorial award and she is a vice president of the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Kellogg has served as editor of, web editor of Marketplace and has been widely published. She has an MFA in creative writing and a bachelor's degree from USC.

Recent Articles

  • Books: How an 'alt-right' provocateur got a big book deal, creating in the age of Trump, plus great poetry

    The shape of books in 2017 looks to be as riven as our country.   THE BIG STORY How did Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos land a reported $250,000 book deal? Although some were surprised that a provocateur who had been banned from Twitter could be given a significant book advance, when I...

  • Milo Yiannopoulos' book deal is publishing business as usual

    Milo Yiannopoulos' book deal is publishing business as usual

    Less than 24 hours after Milo Yiannopoulos’ upcoming book was announced, pre-orders for the controversial young conservative’s “Dangerous” propelled it to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list, knocking the recently deceased Carrie Fisher’s “Princess Diarist” down to No. 2. “I think he has a much...

  • 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...