| Oct 19, 2011
Norman Corwin, the legendary writer, director and producer of original radio plays for CBS during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and '40s when he was revered as the "poet of the airwaves," has died. He was 101.
Corwin, a journalist, playwright,...
| Aug 9, 2010
| 9:59 AM
"There has to be a compelling reason these days for someone to decide to pick up a smelly book," says satirist Gary Shteyngart, the 38-year-old author whose novel "Super Sad True Love Story," a dystopian romance, has earned critical raves.
| Aug 16, 2010
| 9:11 AM
| Sep 14, 2010
Harold Gould, a veteran character actor who played con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie "The Sting," Valerie Harper's father on TV's "Rhoda" and Betty White's boyfriend on "The Golden Girls," has died. He was 86.
Gould, who also was known for his stage...
| Oct 13, 2011
Margaret Tante Burk, a businesswoman, publicist and book enthusiast who co-founded one of the country's largest literary lunch groups, died Oct. 6 in Los Angeles of natural causes, her son, Harry, said. She was 93.
For 30 years, until 2007, Burk ran...
| May 1, 2011
A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit...
| Sep 25, 2011
The novel "The Night Circus" (Doubleday: 387 pp., $26.95) is receiving a good deal of attention, and it's rightly deserved — even though some comparisons of Erin Morgenstern's fable to other popular books seem sky-high and unfair (to her). Does...
| Jul 1, 2007
THE science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein was born in Missouri, and his fiction was mostly set in the future and on distant planets. But there's no question that Heinlein — born 100 years ago this week — was one of Southern California's...
| May 2, 2008
| 2:00 PM
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| Sep 18, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Happy Friday from the City Desk. We're celebrating, as always, with doughnuts. Here's a sampler of California stories from today's Los Angeles Times: They're supposed to be regulating boxing in California, but members of the California State Athletic...
| Sep 20, 2009
| 4:33 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing Ray Bradbury on Oct. 24 at Every Picture Tells a Story, the delightful visual-arts shop in Santa Monica (1311-C Montana Ave., 310-451-2700), where the literary lion will be signing his books and a new print......