| Mar 12, 2013
| 12:45 PM
The Moleskine notebook is a ubiquitous tool of the trade in writing and art circles. I’ve purchased a few dozen over the last few years. From the little tiny ones that are not much bigger than a credit card and fit in my shirt pocket; to the big...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 9:16 PM
Ben Affleck's "Argo," a drama about the Iranian hostage crisis, won the highest acting honor Sunday night at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The CIA thriller, which won best ensemble cast, also won the directing honor at the Golden Globe Awards two...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 1:39 PM
There's still time to read Twitter's first-ever Fiction Festival in real time; it began Wednesday afternoon and will continue around the clock until Sunday. It's the company's first official effort to organize and present a creative event that uses the...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 3:50 PM
Cornelia Funke builds wild, wondrous worlds with her words, from the back streets of Venice, Italy, to a land of fairies and gargoyles called MirrorWorld. That's where Jacob Reckless, the treasure hunter hero of her latest series for young teens,...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Just in time for the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The Times' books staff has created an interactive map of Literary Los Angeles, a work in progress. We’ve gathered passages from more than two dozen books set in and around L.A., as...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 12:28 PM
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son." The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome...
| Dec 1, 2011
There were vinyl albums by Etta James and the punk band X. There were cosmetic kits, one with seven kinds of nail polish. There were sleeping bags, luggage, cutlery, a small red guitar with a broken neck and a collection of Ernest Hemingway stories....
| Feb 5, 2011
In four decades as a public relations man in San Diego, David Nuffer rose to play key roles in the city's politics and tourism industry — but he never let those responsibilities keep him from playing the ukulele in the office, following the San...
| Aug 8, 2011
Francesco Quinn, the actor son of movie legend Anthony Quinn, had a promising debut with a supporting role in the Oscar-winning film "Platoon" before carving out a journeyman career with steady TV work and straight-to-video productions. He died Friday...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 4:35 PM
The 2012 judges of the Pulitzer Prize have declined to award the prize to a work of fiction, although they have announced the three finalists. It has been 35 years since the last prize did not go awarded....
| Feb 5, 2012
Berlin: Put Berlin next to Paris and you have both sides of the coin: romance, which occasionally appeals, and eros, which never fails. "Berlin is sexy," said the German capital's openly gay Mayor Klaus Wowereit, and it's been that way since the...