Carolyn Kellogg


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, 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

  • Books: Christopher Isherwood's love letters, Hollywood memoirs and more

    Hello! I’m Carolyn Kellogg, books editor of the L.A. Times, and I’ve got some good reading — and listening! — for you over this long weekend. THE BIG STORY Writer Christopher Isherwood and his partner Don Bachardy wrote each other love letters that have been turned into the podcast “The Animals,”...

  • The guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs

    The guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs

    A friend and I were standing on a corner waiting for the light to change, talking about the FX series “Feud.” “Isn’t it great,” he said, “how much it winds up on Joan Crawford’s side?” Yes, but no, I started to reply, but before I could we crossed and the conversation turned away. I wondered if...

  • Books: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Sedaris and more

    Hi. I’m Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the L.A. Times, with this week’s newsletter. THE BIG STORY “This book is not just an appreciation of our friendship or an acknowledgment of Coach Wooden’s deep influence on my life,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in his latest book, “Coach Wooden and Me: Our...

  • Librarians, librarians, librarians!

    Librarians, librarians, librarians!

    The book “This Is What a Librarian Looks Like” contains photo portraits of hundreds of librarians and their short explanations of what they do and why they do it. What they do, in 2017, is a far cry from the idea of shushing patrons and shelving books; librarians are advocates for books and readers...

  • Books: Don Winslow, Teju Cole and a treat for Fathers Day

    Big news as I’m writing this: Amazon purchased Whole Foods. Our business team is covering it here, if you’d like to read more. I’m Carolyn Kellogg, our books editor, with links to some of our stories this week. THE BIG STORY Don Winslow, author of “The Cartel” and other insightful thrillers about...

  • Dennis Rodman, North Korea and Donald Trump's 'The Art of the Deal'

    Dennis Rodman, North Korea and Donald Trump's 'The Art of the Deal'

    In what appears to be an act of literary diplomacy, former basketball star Dennis Rodman has brought books to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. One book was Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” which Rodman was photographed giving to the nation’s sports minister, Kim Il Guk. That book was published...

  • Meet our new U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith

    Meet our new U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith

    Tracy K. Smith is a highly accomplished poet (she has a Pulitzer Prize), but at 45, she's several decades younger than many recent US poets laureate

  • Books: On Roxane Gay, Percival Everett, trucking, art and Kevin Hart

    Hello, readers! I’m books editor Carolyn Kellogg, and here’s what we’ve got for you this week. THIS BIG STORY Bestselling author Roxane Gay (“Bad Feminist”) returns with a ferociously honest memoir, “Hunger.” Gay, who weighs hundreds of pounds more than average, writes of how she started putting...

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