| May 9, 2012
He had already been proclaimed "the Picasso of children's books" by Time magazine when Maurice Sendak, then in his 30s, wrote and illustrated "Where the Wild Things Are," a dark fantasy that became one of the 10 bestselling children's books of all time....
| May 11, 2010
Frank Frazetta, the fantasy painter and illustrator whose images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens graced paperback novels, album covers and comic books for decades and became something close to the contemporary visual definition of the sword-and-sorcery...
| Dec 13, 2009
As our first national ambassador of young people's literature, I am pleased to report that the world of children's books is rocking.
My job for the last two years has been to raise national awareness of the importance of kids' books and to promote the...
| Jun 4, 2010
| 2:55 PM
Let's face it: If Homer or Virgil were writing today, their work would probably get shelved in the fantasy section of the bookstore rather than in "Classics of Western Literature." "Oh, c'mon," I imagine some bookseller saying, "the publisher says this...
| Jan 24, 2010
| 3:20 PM
LOS ANGELES - James Cameron's "Avatar" is on a course to sink "Titanic" at the box office.
No. 1 for the sixth-straight weekend with $36 million, the 20th Century Fox sci-fi spectacle lifted its domestic total to $552.8 million, according to studio...
| Feb 14, 2010
How can paranoia be so appealing? I was struck by this conundrum while experiencing a frisson of equal parts dread and pleasure on reading "Incarceron" (Dial: $17.99, ages 12 and up), a new young-adult novel by Catherine Fisher.
A dark view of the...
| Mar 19, 2011
| 4:38 PM
It's the stuff of broomsticks and gillyweed, horcrux and half-bloods.
It's been a craze of seemingly supernatural proportions.
The series of seven fantasy novels has sold more than 400 million copies, and it is the highest grossing film series of all...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 2:56 PM
"Sucker Punch" is one of those movies that likes to think of itself as "challenging" when it is really just needlessly complicated and unfairly confusing.
It is heavily implied that most of the film is a delusion for the main character as she tries to...
| Apr 3, 2011
The Love of My Youth
Pantheon: 308 pp., $25.95
How many of us at middle age yearn for the opportunity to reencounter a long-lost love? We show up at school reunions, searching for the ghost of romance past. Or perhaps we settle for...
| Apr 10, 2011
Sometimes inspiration comes in the unlikeliest places.
While vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in fall 2008, USC professor Deborah Harkness, a historian of science, was consumed with the upcoming bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, but the rest of the...
| Apr 13, 2011
| 11:02 AM
The epic nature of "Game of Thrones," a 10-part HBO series premiering Sunday, April 17, announces itself from the very beginning, as the camera dives and soars like a tipsy falcon over a living map of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. It's a realm that...